I'd bet she has gorgeous skin--even without the makeup!
Anyway, as we know, this Cover Girl AD pic is widely spread in various media, so it will greatly normalize BWIR couples.
I see lots more BWIR couples these days, especially in DE. I mostly see them at the supermarket. Or sometimes, I see them at the mall. They are of a wide variety of ages. Sometimes, they have their children. Other times, they're just walking together in that way that shows they're a "couple."
Naturally, most of these couples--just like me and Darren--don't look like we just stepped out of an AD. LOL! We're average looking people. For ex., Darren and I are about to go the park--he to skate and I'll ride my bike. Since we won't be right next to each other, some people over there will not connect us--as a "couple." Likewise, there are plenty of these couples these days that fly under the radar since people see a bw or a wm somewhere and have no inkling that she or he is IR married.
As the video below says, these relationships are increasing and will therefore become much more visible in the future.
Thanks, Felicia for this Video!
An ongoing project I work at writing and constructing these days is NEXT LEVEL Culture (NLCTM). It is simply another cultural slice that's of interest to and available to some. Y'all know I'm a culture scribe. I started out formally creating and writing about this alternate cultural slice when I began writing my Butterflitia Gazette series since the setting for the stories is an alternate lifestyle intentional community. But in various ways, I've worked at this project since the time I was a child. This is the consciousness and cultural slice practiced by those in the MICOMSA society and those who will join.
MICOMSA is an acronym for "My Intentional Community or Mutual Support Association" which is an organization/Network comprised of people who uphold and practice a set of time-honored, tried-and-true values, standards, ideals, that have proven to lead to living a more holistic, optimal life.
Namely, we uphold and practice values, standards, ideals such as reciprocity, accountability, marriage, supporting each other, practicing good money sense, broadening one's scope to the global village, ongoing personal development, pooling resources, etc. We don't just talk about this way of life; we actively teach it, talk often about the nuances and finer points of it constantly, and LIVE it. We examine the short term and long term value of a belief or activity before adopting it, before it becomes a part of one of our precepts--our governing rules.
In the current popular media-driven culture, I realize that some of these values and ideals practiced in MICOMSA's delayed gratification, holistic lifestyle are considered totally NOT "cool"! Lol But the people in the Micomsa identity group are not driven by "cool" unless "cool" coincides with common sense values and practices. For ex. paying gobs of money (hundreds of $$$) for a pair of "cool" shoes just because they're considered cool enough to die for is NOT common sense to Micomsans unless they are orthopedic shoes prescribed by a doctor to correct a foot defect, or unless the person is independently wealthy or flat-out rich. Therefore someone who is materialistic like that would NOT be a good candidate for Micomsa unless they have vowed to change and want to be in the mix of others on that same path and want to receive reinforcement while they remain on that path. A woman or man who doesn't believe in marrriage is NOT a good candidate for Micomsa. Someone who makes it a habit of blaming others for their shortcomings is NOT a good candidate for Micomsa since they're shirking accountability. Someone who believes in "mingling ONLY with my own," or dismisses travel abroad and an active interest in other cultures as a waste of money and time---is not a good candidate for Micomsa. Someone who believes in doing everything on their own and doesn't see the value of a cohesive, uplifting network--is NOT a good candidate for Micomsa. Etc.
Some people who know that I write about NLC have said, "Wow, creating a culture is a lot of work! Can YOU do that?" Or they'll say, "It'll take too long to do that." My response is always, "Why NOT do it? What better might I do with my time and creative impulses that will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on my children's lives and may have a similar positive impact on the lives of many other like-minded people who are on a similar path?"
And have fun at the same time. Some people watch sports to have fun; others go shopping; I sit around in various places creating the NLC. LOL!
One thing I know for sure is that what's going on out there now in popular culture leaves many people feeling fragmented and disconnected, anxious, spiritually empty, or wallowing in some other desperate emotional state, always in search of relief through the nearest escape hatch. Of course, the escape hatch merchants are then only too willing to provide quick-relief escapes for the "right price" like $400+ for a pair of shoes, $200 or more for a pair of sunglasses, etc. and a steady offerings of poisonous, time-wasting, mind-deadening media.
So, the way I look at it is that even if no one else is interested in the NLC, I will still do this because my intuition tells me that the consciousness to do it is in me for a reason. But wait! Maybe I've gone mad and don't know it?
Ya think? LOL!
Seriously, I'm writing about the NLC since I like to write. I know my UCC views (that are based on tried and true common sense that has filtered down through the ages but has somehow gotten away from many people these days) and NLC to be of great value as is demonstrated by various people who already practice the MICOMSA culture.
Anyway, I know my sons will read what I write since they're interested in everything I write. Ahhh--such wonderful sons! I mean, really. My sons are great young men. I'm so thankful!
As I've pointed out in many of my posts, I became conscious during the time I was a young child that people were "individuals" and were not actually different based on superficial appearance. It didn't matter whether these people were men or women, children or adults, short or tall, dark or light, thin or not, etc. What startled me at the time was that people were treated differently based on these differences in their surface appearance. I've probably spent thousands of hours of my life pondering how so many people--even some of the so-called smartest people on earth--could believe that people are different based on surface attributes, alone.
I've always been a ponderer, so I can remember being thunderstruck by that and other oddities that defied common sense as I walked along those backwoods Alabama dirt roads--during my childhood and teen years.
I wonder now how I could have been conscious of that, at such an early age, particularly since I grew up in a part of the country where the amount of melanin in your skin, the shape of your nose, and the amount of curl in your hair, often meant the difference between life and death. But I just knew better. No one actually told me this. Indeed, many blacks there also embraced the idea that thinner lips, pointy noses, stright hair and lighter skin were heavenly attributes. This is also known as colorism--something that many blacks STILL embrace or worship.
I write about this because it presents a scary situation for this reason: If you can get most of the people in a so-called advanced country to believe that such a flimsy lie is the TRUTH, then if someone actually constructed a "better" lie, then we're all finished as a species. It would be just that easy. Just look at how much havoc that ONE flimsy lie has caused, and it has paved the way for a lot of other ones, many of which are the okey dokes I write about that are spoon-fed to bw.
Since I was conscious that those AND other surface attributes that supposedly made someone "better" were NOT really important in assessing a person, that was a tremendous gift that I received at a young age. I'm SO thankful, and I've often wondered, "Why ME?" LOL This is a great gift because it has enabled me to leap past many people and get various perks and goodies that other people cannot see and avoid mistakes that other people make when they get blinded by surface appeal alone or choose people, places, and things based on exteriors mainly.
Did I say I'm "Thankful?"