Hi, my name is Shalomie and I started The Pigment Nation because I believe that every voice and every person counts. You don’t have to be a famous influencer to do your part to bring change and make the world a better place. Doing what you can with what you have and making a difference in your sphere of influence is all that you can and should do.
The name ‘Pigment Nation’ is a play on the word ‘pigmentation’ which means colouring.
I believe that discrimination against people based on their skin colour, how they look, dress, their culture or religion is wrong and needs to be stopped! After working with the Dark Is Beautiful campaign for 7 years, I was inspired to be a voice through my art and through creating a platform to help people tell their stories and share their perspectives.
Millions of people struggle with not only being discriminated against, but have also learnt to discriminate against others. It’s been an endless cycle for too long. My hope is that this website can be a space to represent everyone because every story is different, every story matters and every struggle is real.
The world consists of one race – the human race. We all have the same red blood flowing through us, but unfortunately, and for more than one reason, people with brown and black skin tones have been made to feel ashamed of themselves for centuries. This has pushed millions to lose their identity in order to fit in.
Let’s be clear – any form of discrimination is a social construct. We aren’t born with the discrimination mindset, but learn this behaviour from our parents, families, friends, colleagues and society.
Through my work, I hope to reach out to as many people as I can.I want you to know that:
- you don’t have to change anything about yourself to feel accepted,
- if you find yourself caught up in self-hate or discrimination against others, then all it takes are simple reminders to help change your perspective,
- don’t ever believe that your value is less than your fellow human being.
If you are reading this, I invite you to share your experiences and inspire others! Let’s all build each other up and not tear each other down. xoxo