Organic Beauty Vixen: Meet Sherrell Dorsey
Remember that 80s movie, The Toxic Avenger? I remember it because I’ve always liked silly comedies. In case you don’t remember, I’ll refresh your memory. It was about a 98-pound weakling who was harassed by 4 bullies in the health club where he worked. One day, he was tossed out of a window and landed in some toxic waste. What do you think happened? He began to transform into a superhuman, mutated monster and came to be known as, “The Toxic Avenger.” Throughout the movie, he fought for the rights of victims and fought against the corrupt politicians in the fictional New Jersey town where the movie takes place. They even made two sequels, a cartoon, and a stage play in 1998 which focused more on his battle against evil polluters. This movie was plain fun….with a little added violence thrown in! There was even an announcement in 2010 that it was going to be remade!
So…why am I am talking about a 1985 cult classic B-movie? The theme of this movie actually integrates with the “go green” initiative of the 21st century. In recent years, we’ve become more conscious of the huge impact we have on the environment with some of the things we do. In fact, when I first started blogging in 2009, I remember the name I chose for myself on my MySpace page: the Toxic Beauty Avenger! So you see this movie still has an impact on me today. If you have a chance to check it out, please do….it’s a cult classic film from a bygone era just like MySpace. Just for fun, check out the clip I’ve included below this post.
The Toxic Beauty Avenger
I still consider myself to be the self appointed “Toxic Beauty Avenger.” It’s my mission to educate people, especially women about the hidden dangers in their cosmetics and personal care products and provide solutions for their beauty problems. I hold this title with honor, but I do not do this job alone. There are many more women out there deserving of the title, as they too, are tirelessly writing about the toxic chemicals we should avoid. I am in such great company within the organic beauty world!
Meet the Organic Beauty Vixen
In today’s post, I am going to introduce you to one of my fellow Toxic Beauty Avengers, Sherrell Dorsey. Sherrell is a writer, speaker and natural beauty expert who has been writing for the site Organic Beauty Vixen,(OBV) since 2009. OBV is an informative beauty blog focused on healthy beauty. She’s a master at providing ways for us to retain our love for fashion and beauty in an eco-conscious way. Sherrell also writes provocative articles which make you think, such as her recent post, “Dark vs. Light Skin: What Does Beauty Mean to You?” Through articles like this, Sherrell speaks directly to black women, who have been mostly ignored in the go green initiative.
Over the past two years, OBV has evolved into a platform inspiring brown women throughout the world to make a change in their beauty routines. On her OBV blog, Sherrell doesn’t just explain the problem and leave it alone. She also provides real solutions for women and gives them access to better organic and natural beauty brands. Sherrell also has a wealth of beauty how-to videos on her You Tube channel and has plans to expand her vlogging.
Natural Beauty for Black Women
I recently had the chance to speak with Sherrell and her passion for organic beauty came through loud and clear. But, it made me wonder…what’s the one aspect of organic beauty she’s most passionate about? Here is the answer, in her own words,
“I love that switching to an organic beauty lifestyle really comes down to protecting our health. With all of the things that we can’t control in the world, this is the one thing we can. We can chose to use better and natural products. We can choose to purchase and support brands that have our best interest at heart. Every day is a choice.”
I couldn’t agree more!
I also asked her to explain more about how the organic beauty movement pertains to the African American population. She replied,
“Our ancestors were always natural and organic. The principles of natural beauty were always instilled in us generation after generation. What became the issue is when we were told our hair and our skin weren’t good enough and we veered away from what true black beauty is. Going back to our grandmother’s traditions, and turning to organic beauty is really just coming full circle. It allows us to appreciate those old recipes and ways of doing things and simplifying our routines. Now we have more information and better advances in our products. [We have] skin and hair care brands that really get us, that are truly using ingredients that protect us and make us feel beautiful all at the same time.”
Sherrell makes a great point… most of us, no matter the ethnicity or race, began our history natural and organic. It was only through advancement and technology, and corporate profiteering which exposed us to toxic and disease causing chemicals. If we all take Sherrell’s philosophy and advice to heart, we can make the switch to a more eco-friendly, healthy lifestyle.
It was my absolute pleasure to profile my fellow Toxic Beauty Avenger, Sherrell Dorsey aka the Organic Beauty Vixen for you today. I invite you to visit her on her site, OBV, stay a while, and become a part of her community. Your beauty routine will thank you for it!
Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!
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