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When you look at the role models of my youth, the people and products the media put forth and said, “This is beauty personified,” you’ll notice a distinct theme: Barbie, Britney Spears, Polly Pocket, Sailor Moon, Mandy Moore, Mary Kate and Ashley — all white.

I was fully submerged, I mean genuinely immersed, in a culture where people like me weren’t valued as beautiful, so much so that I remember wishing the thick, coarse hair on my American Girl doll, Addy, was straighter and “prettier,” like that of my other dolls.

In the midst of a full news feed, it just seemed like more noise. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, 96 percent of blacks and 84 percent of whites approve of black-white marriage.

Still, it was always funny that my mother questioned why I kept dating white guys, especially because I was raised as one of only few people of color in my community.

I grew up in the predominantly white suburbs of upstate New York.

I was in a new city and in a completely new situation.

I expected things to be similar to the way they were in high school.

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