Crown of Glory
by Destiny Thomas
For women of melanin skin, the journey of completely loving and accepting one’s self hasn’t always been easy. It’s a path that consists of patience, dedication, love, and an abundance of fortitude and time to successfully achieve. A woman’s crown, as we know it is mostly associated with the hair that grows from her head. But I believe our crown to be everything that we women of color embody which includes but isn’t subjected to— our mind, body, and soul. There is beauty in every detail of a black woman, from the way she speaks, to the way she walks, to her choice of fashion, way of thinking, the way she chooses to conduct herself and to the lives that she inspires.
We as black women have always seemed to get the short end of the stick. We have been treated to be left in the dirt to fend for ourselves, so to speak. We have been led to believe that we do not matter. We have been told that our beauty isn’t up to par. We have been secluded from the way society represents all things that are beautiful. One would think that it is a crime for a woman of color to embrace who she as a person and overall as a community. This is a community that strengthens the core of their sisters. This is a community that exemplifies the definition of what a Queen is. This is a community who speaks with pride and courage. We, Black women are full of power which tends to unintentionally intimidate those of other cultures and societies. I find that to be quite remarkable, how we now have the ability to put fear into the eyes of those who have mistreated us.
It’s such a liberating time, for us women of color. We are crushing the barriers that have been put against us. We are stepping out of our comfort zone in hopes to help others recognize that they too can do the same. We are allowing ourselves to become comfortable in our own skin, in everything from the top of our heads to the soles of our feet. We are magnificent beings who deserve the best in every way possible. This bond between our sisters is one that cannot be easily scorned. This is a bond that is shaping the way for many generations to come. This bond is one that speaks of greater heights, without the need of having to apologize for our actions.
The communities of black women are leaving their mark on the world whether people like it or not. We are taking back everything that was created to destroy our dignity. This is the beginning of a world that cannot be stopped. This is the beginning of a movement that will be remembered. This is the beginning of a journey that will be continued long after we are gone. This is the start of a revolutionary change that will enlighten the minds of everyone who comes into contact. This is the start of a revolutionary change that will impact those of our kind and beyond.”
"Crown of Glory was created to share the beauty of Black women through a dialogue that spoke against societal standards. Black women are frequently classified as all the same when in all actuality that is far from the case. We are a people who come in all physiques, sizes, skin tones, and heights which are a characteristic of our culture and bloodline that is often misunderstood amongst other communities. We have the ability to make people wonder and question unintentionally. I wanted to shed light on the magic of Black women beyond the physical realm, beyond the parts of us that are only recognized. We are beautiful. We are undeniable. We are exquisitely made regardless of whether everyone shapes their lips to say the same or not. All that Black women are will always carry such truth and infinite light." - Destiny Thomas
Destiny Thomas: "I am an expressionist who is currently roaming the streets of Atlanta, Georgia. I share thoughts that pertain to the topics of self-love, healing, awareness, black pride/unity and sisterhood in hopes to inspire someone else. I am the founder and creative director of a movement by the name of The In My Skin Campaign, which empowers Black women and men through inspirational storytelling. I find that there is a great importance in shedding light on truths that aren’t necessarily discussed on a daily basis. I believe that there is an infinite amount of power in the culture of language that can either strengthen one’s core being or weaken every bone that was placed to stand tall on its own. I have been given the beautiful opportunity to not only share my story but the story of my people. As a proud Black woman, I feel it is vital that I speak on the inner linings of my mind in ways that will encourage and project messages of positivity, healing, and assurance. It is not only a part of my calling as an expressionist but more so as an individual who is growing, learning, loving, and unlearning potently. As a culture, we are breaking the barriers of what art is ‘supposed’ to be. As a culture, we are intentionally paving the ways for further generations to take heed to the history and gratifying power that women and men of color hold. We must continue to walk fearlessly in the direction that our ancestors sacrificed to create and maintain. It’s a time that needs to occur not only for the sake of our ancestors but for us as a whole to change the minds of those who refuse to see the light in such a people of strength and magic.
The art of creative language and aesthetic has always spewed its way out of my veins. I wasn’t that much of a talker as a kid so expression through art gave me the opportunity to communicate without needing to speak first. At the age of nine, is when I truly realized that words were more than just letters to me. I began to understand the intricacies of a world that would later save me from myself, if you will. At the age of fifteen, is when I fell madly in love with the rhythm of curating truths into a heartfelt yet raw poem. Experiences such as battling with depression and contemplating suicide led me to escape into a world that left no room for judgement and insecurity. I was only concerned with expressing every aching pain that filled my lungs as if it were oxygen. In those moments, my life transformed in ways that are truly hard to explain. Each wavering experience and moment of truth lifted every layer of who I was without apology.
I aspire to tell the story of a woman who is still on the journey of self-discovery. I aspire to tell the story of a woman who is growing, learning, understanding, and healing even years after each un-awakening experience took place. I aspire to tell the story of a woman who is still sometimes self-conscious of her abilities, beauty, and strengths. I aspire to tell the story of a woman who will never let the words ‘perfect’ sway from the inner crevices of her lips. I aspire to tell the story of a woman who is unapologetically learning to express every piece of who she is even in the midst of uncertainty. I aspire to tell the story of a woman who is blossoming passionately and with flaws. I aspire to tell a story of a woman who knows what it is like to feel alone, a woman who knows what it is like to feel loved, who knows what it is like to feel deeply in every aspect of the word."