Taye Diggs New Children’s Book
While discussing his new children’s book Chocolate Me with MyBrownBaby.com, Taye Diggs admitted that he didn’t come to love his own dark skin until women began to fawn over supermodel Tyson Beckford.
Diggs said, “When I got into high school I started to hear, just from the black community, everybody is more attracted to the light skin girls and the light skin dudes with the light eyes. And from within the race the light skin black people and lighter brown people would make fun of the darker people. So then it was a completely different kind of struggle. And then funnily enough it was when dark skinned men, and this was just from my perspective, there seemed to be a shift where all of a sudden we saw Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Tyson Beckford. I’m still trying to figure out how this came to be. For me, when I saw Tyson Beckford hailed as this beautiful man by all people, that caused a shift in my being. And I remember literally waking up and walking the streets feeling a little bit more proud.”
Diggs also said he was teased by kids at school for having darker skin and both his parents struggled with colorism. According to Diggs, his fair skinned mother married a darker skinned man as a way of affirming her own blackness. And although they did everything they could as parents to affirm his beauty, Diggs says he still suffered from self-esteem issues.
The actor hopes that his book will help young kids love and affirm themselves at a young age.