I have a love of fairytales and fables. The first I gave my contemporary spin was Beauty and the Beast, and now I’ve penned Diamond in the Rough: An Ugly Duckling Tale. The back story on this one is… Well, there’s no easy way to say it. It’s sad. While my children were growing up, I was like the neighborhood mom. I love all of my babies.
One of my babies is a beautiful child who happened to be dark-skinned and born into a family of much lighter skin. Due to family circumstances, this child was put in foster care where her foster family also put her down for her dark skin. And of course at school she went on to be teased for her complexion.
Now she is a beautiful young woman who covers her beauty with blue contact lenses and blond wigs. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some beautiful Black women with blond hair and I’ve also seen Blacks with blue eyes that didn’t make them look crazy (my all time favorite uncle was one of them). But the young woman I am talking about looks ridiculous in those wigs and contacts. They make her look cheap and trashy. Sorry, but they do.
I just want her to know that she’s not an ugly duckling. She’s a diamond in the rough. And if other’s don’t recognize her value and beauty, that’s their problem, not hers.
I love you, baby girl (she knows who she is)
On a sidenote, be sure to see the documentary Dark Girls.
Diamond in the Rough: An Ugly Duckling Tale
Jewel Swanson knows the music industry better than most. She won her first Grammy at the age ten. By the time she was twelve, she’d learned the darker side of the industry. The vain, shallow side that said she’d never fit the mold to be a true star. That she’d always be an ugly duckling.
Record producer, Alex Deveraux, has been in love with Jewel since they were children and she went by the stage name Swansong. Alex understands Jewel’s apprehension with his industry, but won’t let it stop him. Will his love for her shine through the ugliness of the industry and capture her heart?
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