#BlackGirlMagic is probably one of the best hashtags to have come about during this new era of activism. It promotes loving one’s body, culture, and personality while showcasing how multifaceted Black girls can be. However, when you see enough posts using the hashtag, then do a quick search, you’ll notice that there are certain types of #BlackGirlMagic being praised. What do I mean? I know for a fact that when I see the hashtag, I see a girl that’s showing her new pastel colored braids, or a girl showing a new outfit, or another girl showing a new hairdo. My point is, in my experience with the hashtag, I’ve only seen pretty girls with nice hair, nice skin, and cute outfits. I have yet to see the hashtag being used to embrace all Black types of Black girl magic.
What if my makeup is not on fleek? What if my twistout isn’t giving life? What if I don’t have any fashion sense? What if I’m not in shape or glowing? Is my magic good enough to be displayed with the hashtag?
Although this an amazing thing that has been taking over the internet, it could still be consequential nonetheless. If I am unable to see myself in these young women as I look through countless hashtags, what does that tell me? What does that tell other young girls who are trying to find themselves? I sincerely hope that this hashtag grows into something that can be more inclusive of all types of Black girl magic. Otherwise, the hashtag would not be able to live up to its responsibility.