I just wanted to make a post about something that I’ve been getting upset over for a little while now. Most of my encounters with other residents have been very kind and problem-free… but sometimes I have encountered some residents who don’t exactly appreciate how my avatar looks.
I find it hurtful that some folks don’t like my avatar simply because of her skin. The skin I chose for her is a high quality skin (by Pink Fuel) and yet that’s not the problem, it’s the tone I chose. I am tan in real life, with dark eyes and brown hair, I am female and I am short. So I chose my avatar to look at least somewhat like this description. Because I wanted my Second Life to BE my Second Life – my avatar is ME. I’m one of those people who take things like this to heart, and that’s why I try my best to have Miel’s default look like so: tan skin, short, dark brown hair (or just brown hair in general) and brown eyes.
So of course I’d get my feelings hurt when some folks don’t like my avatar because of her skintone. They usually don’t say it outright, but I know the implication when I see it. I deal with racism sometimes in real life – but mostly because I am mixed. This is usually the first topic someone comes up with when talking to me for the first time in real life. I know that they don’t know me but that’s the thing… They DON’T know me. Most others try to act like they know who and what I am the first we meet. And they apparently know why I’m here too. Their faces when they get it wrong… it’s like I slapped them in the face right then and there. One even got offended as if I did slap her (I merely just corrected her) after I had said, almost four times, that I am not the race (and nationality I might add…)
I needed to rant about how people shouldn’t dislike me or my avatar just because she and I happen to be tan skinned. She’s not going to change, I am not going to buy the same skin in a lighter color. Or have one of my white skins be my new default. Nope. Not happening. I like Miel how she is. I am satisfied with everything I choose for her. I only wish some people would think a little harder before trying to poke fun at or reject my avi because she is tan.
:: BODY ::
Skin| Alyx (Hazel) by Pink Fuel (Mochi Milena)
Eyes | Lucid Eyes in Coffee by IKON (Ikon Innovia)
Hair | Curious by Magika (Sabina Gully)
Hands | AvEnhance Hands Female – Splayed by SLink (Siddean Munro)
Feet | Womens Flat Barefeet by SLink (Siddean Munro)
:: CLOTHES ::
T-Shirt | Love the Skin T-Shirt by LaNoir Soleil Designs (SonnetSoleil Resident, Caresia Adored, MadamAemilius Resident)
Shorts | High Waist Shorts in White by Viva la Glam (Chloris Hathor)