Former NBA Player Gilbert Arenas Says Dark Skinned Women Aren’t Beautiful, Singles Out Two Kenyans: Lupita Nyong’o and Ajuma Nasenyana
Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas has caught the ire of social media users for posting on his Instagram page that dark skinned women are not beautiful. He singled out two famous Kenyans, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and supermodel Ajuam Nasenyana – who has worked with global fashion designers such as Victoria’s Secret and Carlos Mienes.
Arena’s post was in response to Pan-Africanist Rashidi Kweli, who wrote on his page encouraging darker skinned women to be proud of their skin: “Black Girl, You don’t have to be mixed to be beautiful…Your African features are all you need for attractiveness . Never tell yourself or let anyone tell you that in order to be attractive you must be mixed.”
Kweli’s post got a lot of positive feedback from online users, but not from Arenas.
Arena reponded to the post by asking how dark is too dark to be considered beautiful. In his opinion, Keisha Knight-Pulliam, Gabrielle Union, Taral Hicks and Serena Williams are at the darkest women he could call beautiful, implying anyone darker than them cannot be considered beautiful.
“How black are we talking??? Not to be funny can u name a beautiful black woman on the outside…not brown skin…like tyrese black…top 50 most beautiful women of all time.. the darkest women they have is (Keisha knight Pullman aka Rudy)(gab)) union) (tarsal hicks) (Serena Williams)”.
He continued, saying Lupita Nyong’o is “cute when the lights are off“. About Ajuma, Arenas said “sorry but ewww”.
Here is his complete post on that:
“When you say African features black then u have (#1 lupita n’yonga) and she’s cute when the lights are off second is (Ajuma nasenyana) sorry but ewww so the beautiful black women u try to boost up is technically light skinned or brown skinned…”
Arenas deleted his post after received backlash, but that has not stopped online users from hitting back at him.