30 Best Melanin Quotes To Help You Love The Skin You're In

Deepthi Reddy
Dec 12, 2023 By Deepthi Reddy
Originally Published on Mar 13, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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Present in all plants, humans, and animals, is a dark biochrome 'melanin', the pigment responsible for the color of our hair, eyes, and skin.

It is produced through some chemical processes, which gives rise to different kinds of melanin. This little pigment does not only define the color of our bodies but depending on its amount, melanin also protects the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun, and skin with more melanin has a better ability to absorb heat.

Be it white, light, or shades of brown and black, all humans are beautiful the way they are. Over the years, racial discrimination has affected humans, especially women, in feeling low about their skin type. However, women today are raising their voices through racial activism, to promote self-care and love of skin.

Black or brown, light or white, every person deserves equal love, care, and respect. You must appreciate and celebrate your skin type and body. Recognize the beauty within you with our best melanin quotes. If you love and feel beautiful about your skin, you may also want to check out [Boss babe quotes] and Skin care quotes.

Melanin Beauty Quotes

Melanin beauty means a woman who has a black skin tone, lives colorful life and sees black as a symbol of great power. The black of your skin makes you powerful. Check out these awesome quotes that talk about the power of melanin.

1.“Your beauty will be in shades of melanin and light.”

-R. YS Perez, 'I Hope You Fall in Love: Poetry Collection.'

2."If you’re thinking you’re beautiful, you can pass it off to someone else.”

–Robin Tavares-Russell.

3.“Team Light Skin? No. Team Dark Skin? No. Team Brown Skin? No. TEAM MELANIN… Black Women and Black Girls are Exquisite Beauty in EVERY Shade.”

-Stephanie Lahart.

4.“Black women were created of brown sugar and warm honey. The sweetest thing to bless the earth. Be wary of anyone who tells you otherwise.”

–Alexandra Elle.

5."The black skin is not a badge of shame but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.”

-Marcus Garvey.

6."Phenomenal woman, that's me! "

-Maya Angelou.

7.“Our melanin will always make us marvelous… Just imagine what that sea of sisterhood would look like. Magic!”

-Alexandra Elle.

8."I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be."

-Lupita Nyong’o.

9."We aren’t beautiful in spite of our Blackness, we are beautiful because of it. So don’t dare try to give the credit to anything else."

-Shayla Pierce.

10."Beauty is being comfortable and confident in your own skin."


Melanin Skin Quotes

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Fun Fact: some studies show that melanin helps develop the human brain and body in undefined ways. So melanin makes you look amazing and smarter! Here are quotes lovely about melanin skin.

11.“I look at my skin and it is glowing with constellations of ancestors. I ask them about escape and freedom and listen for revelation.”

-Junauda Petrus, 'The Stars and the Blackness Between Them'.

12.“Dear Exquisite Black Queen... No matter what shade of MELANIN you are, know that your skin tone is brilliant. You, my Queen, are phenomenally made!”

-Stephanie Lahart.

13.“There is a lot of pressure on women to conform to a certain image - shadeism itself is another manifestation of that."

-Sharon Hurley Hall, 'Exploring Shadeism.'

14."Glamour is about feeling good in your own skin. "

-Zoe Saldana.

15.“I am not my hair. I am not this skin. I am the soul that lives within.”


16.“Respect the Complexion!”

-Stephanie Lahart.

17."One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings."

-Franklin A. Thomas.

18. "Stop comparing skin tones. Who cares if your skin is lighter or darker than the person standing next to you? Change can only happen once you can truthfully look in the mirror and love that Deep Chocolate, Cinnamon, Mocha, or Caramel complexion."

-Alicia D.

19.“I cannot run away from who I am and my complexion or the larger society, and how they may view that.”

-Lupita Nyong’o.

20."God made me this way so I have to be happy with who I am. And it’s a journey. And I embrace my brown skin sisters. I love them and I hope that they embrace me."

-Kym Whitley.

Melanin Poppin Quotes

'Melanin Queen', 'Black Queen', 'Melanin Poppin' are trending taglines or phrases used by women who are dark-skinned women who empower people to feel beautiful and acknowledge their skin tone. Find appreciative quotes on melanin here.

21.“Melanin Poppin' and No Worries!”

-Stephanie Lahart.

22.“I am dripping melanin and honey. I am black without apology.”


23.“Like all readers, I want my limits to be drawn by my own sensibilities, not by my melanin count.”

Zadie Smith.

24.“Dipped in chocolate, bronzed in elegance, enameled with grace, toasted with beauty. My Lord, she’s a black woman.”

–Yosef A.A. Ben-Jochannan.

25."Black excellence, opulence, decadence."


26."The world wants to define me by my mammary glands and melanin. It is just fascinating that Michael Mann has never been asked what it is like to be a white male filmmaker."

-Victoria Mahoney.

27."That bubble of doubt within? It’s time to stick a pin in it. And wear your dark and lovely face with a grin on it.”

-Princess Latifah, 'Pretty For a Dark Skin?'

28.“Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect and make everyone else deal with you the same way.”

-Nikki Giovanni.

29."You have to make melanin while the sun shines.”

— Kim Harrison.

30."Their skin drips the melanin, it absorbs the sun rays too, their hairs are graciously curly, aren’t they magical human beings? At times I get jealous of them because, ‘black is beautiful’. The always makes my head turn!

-C. Vais Hnawi Rao.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for melanin quotes, then why not take a look at [inner beauty quotes], or [black history inspirational quotes].

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Written by Deepthi Reddy

Master of Business Administration

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Deepthi ReddyMaster of Business Administration

With an MBA under her belt, Deepthi has discovered her true calling in content writing. Her writing repertoire is diverse, covering travel, movies, pet care, parenting, animals and birds, and more. Her joy of learning and creating has helped her craft well-written and engaging articles. When she isn't writing, Deepthi enjoys exploring new cultures, trying different foods, and spending quality time with her two children aged 7 and 12.

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