She Walked Through Campus Telling Black Women They're Beautiful, Catching Their Reactions On Film

"Do you know that you're beautiful?"

If you haven't had your daily dose of "awww" yet, stop what you're doing and get this feel-good supplement real quick. Spelman College student Eva Dickerson had the Internet smiling from ear-to-ear when she shared a Twitter video of her randomly asking her unsuspecting classmates a question many of us don't even ask ourselves: Did you know you're beautiful?



The responses she received ranged from bashful "thank-yous" to confident agreements.  According to Dickerson, this kind of love is constantly spread throughout Spelman on a daily basis. However, what inspired this magical video was actually a homework assignment. 

Renown artist and director Julie Dash, famously known for her 1991 feature Daughters of the Dust, also happens to be Dickerson's film professor. "She gave us an assignment to conduct on-the-go interviews," the 20-year-old Economics and Comparative Women's Studies major explained to A Plus. "I wanted to have fun with mine and also do something sweet. The environment at Spelman is such that we actually constantly walk around telling each other how beautiful, impactful, and wonderful each other is — i just recorded it!"

The nearly two-minute video took no time gaining attention from those on the Internet. 

With over four thousand followers on Twitter, Dickerson is no stranger to gaining buzz for her content. But with her video likes growing by the hundred thousands in only two days, she recognizes she made a real impact. "I think this one just went viral because people could really feel what makes Spelman so special: the genuine love and care we exude for each other and for this school," Dickerson explained. "People resonate with stories about happy Black girls because they're recognizing that Black girls deserve to be happy."

As diverse as the media has gotten over the years, there are still so many women who don't see themselves synonymous to the "standard" definition of beauty. For Black women and girls, there are still issues to conquer when it comes to representation and social-acceptance. 

In Dickerson's video, she doesn't just speak to one brand of Black girl, but to a whole array of identities and features — from kinky hair to curly locks, dark skin to light skin, and young women of all shapes and sizes. That affirmation that Dickerson and the women featured in the video provide for each other extends beyond the screen. 

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