Medical Minute: Body Dysmorphic Disorder BDD

Necole Bitchie

Last night a friend sent this photo of blogger Necole Bitchie with the caption “She is getting bleach happy.”

Because the friend didn’t identify the females in the photo, I had no idea the female on the left was Necole.

The last time we explored the issue of Necole’s low self-esteem was in this post dated January 2009. As you can see, Necole’s bleaching has gotten progressively worse. She is lighter than the LSLH chick pictured on the right.

How sad it must be to feel like a stranger in your own skin?

Necole Bitchie bleaching

Necole may suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD.

BDD is a chronic mental illness in which the individual obsesses about perceived flaws in their general appearance. The late Michael Jackson may have suffered from BDD, as did Jocelyn Wildenstein, aka cat woman.

People who have BDD seek out sympathetic doctors to perform numerous cosmetic surgeries a year. Their obsessions disrupts their daily lives and affects their interpersonal relationships with others. They are constantly in the mirror critiquing their appearance.

Causes

There is no known cause for BDD. Some doctors believe the disorder may be caused by genetic or environmental factors, such as childhood experiences or pressure from cultural standards of beauty. The risk of having BDD increases if a family member already suffers from it. Having other undiagnosed mental disorders, such as narcissism, is also a factor.

Diagnosis

A psychological exam is required to diagnose BDD. According to the world renowned Mayo Clinic, it can be difficult to diagnose the disorder if other mental disorders overlap, such as an eating disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Symptoms

One of the symptoms of BDD is a reluctance to appear in photos. We know that varies because Michael Jackson and Jocelyn Wildenstein loved to have their pictures taken.

Other symptoms include:

  • Preoccupation with physical appearance
  • Frequent examination of yourself in the mirror
  • Strong belief that you have an abnormality or defect in your appearance that makes you ugly
  • The need to seek reassurance about your appearance from others
  • Frequent cosmetic procedures with little satisfaction
  • Excessive grooming or excessive exercise in an unsuccessful effort to improve the flaw
  • Treatment

    Treatment of BDD can be difficult if the individual refuses to acknowledge they have a problem. Treatment plans include cognitive behavioral therapy and medications for depression and anxiety.

    Talk to your doctor or therapist to determine which type of therapy is best for you.

    DISCLAIMER

    Any medical information published on this blog is for your general information only and is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice. You should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider. Sandrarose.com and its affiliates cannot be held liable for any damages incurred by following advice found on this blog.

    More Info On The Web

    Body Dysmorphic Disorder – Mayo Clinic

    Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) – ADAA.org

    Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Symptoms – Medicine.net

    Photo on left by Derek Blanks, photo on right by ExclusiveAccess.net, photo top by Instagram.com



     


    100 Responses to “Medical Minute: Body Dysmorphic Disorder BDD”

    1. 1
      lashellebelle says:

      Did she caption it #nofilter

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      libra80sbaby says:

      smh :no:

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      A.J. says:

      :no: just awful.

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      Akiba says:

      Michael Jackson had vitiligo.

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      Matchsticks says:

      smoke and mirrors…I don’t think she’s bleaching, just wearing lighter makeup/powder… enjoys the flash of the camera, etc….

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      Good MorNiNg Sandrita! :eggs:

      She is very much lighter.
      Can you fiNd oout whar she’s using TIA
      :thankyou:

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      deedeegirl says:

      Wow, sad

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      KayCeiSoul says:

      That can’t be her…that girl looks tall and her face is oval/long.
      Necole is short isn’t she? And look at the chin. She would have had to be dipped in Clorox repeatedly AND have an affliction of vitiligo to be that light. :no:

      I don’t believe.

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      luVn_liFe... says:

      scrolled back up, ARE U sure tHats the same lady?
      Her features look dif too

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      KayCeiSoul says:

      Excessive grooming in an unsuccessful effort to improve the flaw

      *************************************************

      Does this mean I got it, because I stay cutting off my widow’s peak and pressing my edges.
      :coffee:

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      MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

      No Spoilers from me*
      _____________________
      :thankyou: If one person here, in person or on social media spoils the best man for me I am going to :shank: I swear people can’t hold ish these days! What do you get out of stealing my joy?? WHO HURT YOU :cry:

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      KayCeiSoul says:

      MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

      No Spoilers from me*
      _____________________
      If one person here, in person or on social media spoils the best man for me I am going to I swear people can’t hold ish these days! What do you get out of stealing my joy?? WHO HURT YOU

      _____________________

      Hurr’up and take yo’self to the pic-cha show Taken!!!!
      We ain’got all day to wait for folks to see it nah. This needs to be discussed Sugahlamb. But again – I will NOT spoil it.

      YOU HAVE ONE WEEK. :eek:

    13. 13
      MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

      I am staying out of the middle of this blog fight :nono:

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      Sandra Rose says:

      KayCeiSoul says:

      That can’t be her…that girl looks tall and her face is oval/long.
      Necole is short isn’t she? And look at the chin. She would have had to be dipped in Clorox repeatedly AND have an affliction of vitiligo to be that light.
      ___________________

      Necole didn’t stop at bleaching. She’s had other cosmetic procedures.

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      MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

      I am staying out of the middle of this blog fight
      _________________

      I’m rooting for Sandra if I had to choose a side, Ion like Necole site,,,, she kiss way to much azz :tea:

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      MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

      YOU HAVE ONE WEEK. :eek:
      ___________________________
      Thanks :rofl: I plan on seeing it this weekend or else I will slap myself. The problem is I have to get someone to watch the 3 kids so me and the hubby can go together. The two people we would normally have watch were either out of town or in the middle of something :cry:

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      lexdiamonz says:

      :coffee:

      DIDN’T she win blogger of the year or something …

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      Sandra Rose says:

      The first time I saw the photo I thought that was Rihanna on the left. :lol:

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      ArabianNights says:

      Really…..so nobody is going to think like a rational person and notice that the entire picture looks washed out due to flash. Even the black top barely looks black. It’s oh so easy to tear someone down in the face of success. Though I only know of her by what she posts on her blog about her life story, I think is a wonderful girl who has come a long way.

      Eh…either way. She looks ok to me. Doubtful it’s bleaching. Camera flash, photo editing, make up…*sigh*

    21. 21
      Sandra Rose says:

      jeniefrumdabloc says:

      I’m rooting for Sandra if I had to choose a side, Ion like Necole site,,,, she kiss way to much azz
      _____________

      Thank you and Bless you sweetie. :hug:

    22. 22

      Sandra you know damn well neither one looks like Rhianna :smack:

    23. 23
      KayCeiSoul says:

      MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

      I swear I tried to ride for K, bur she so ANGRY. And looks like her extra large giblet is angry too
      _____________________
      I tried to ride for her to. Specially on account of the shield (sorority) but she will not comply But you saying her thang thang is angry to is not helping. You think it’s mad cause it’s hot down there? Restrictive? Can’t breathe?

      ************************

      Her burnt pocket is angry because it was broken, been ran through…uh oh… where my tambourine…I feel a song coming on….

      *Vickie Winan’s voice*

      K Burnt pocket

      Been lied on, cheated, talked about, mistreated, been used, scorned, talked about sore as bone,
      Been up, down, almost to the ground…

      But! Long as it got King Jesus! Long as it got King Jesus!
      LOOOOOOOONG! Don’t need nobody else!!

      It’s been lied on…lied on…lied on…lied on…
      Talked about
      Lied on…

    24. 24
      Sandra Rose says:

      lexdiamonz says:

      DIDN’T she win blogger of the year or something …
      ________________

      Sandrarose.com was named one of the Top 10 Bloggers in the country by Newsweek magazine. :coffee:

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      Sandra Rose says:

      KayCeiSoul says:

      Excessive grooming in an unsuccessful effort to improve the flaw
      *************************************************
      Does this mean I got it, because I stay cutting off my widow’s peak and pressing my edges.
      _____________

      :hahaha:

    26. 26

      This may be the flash though :tea: but she is definitely lighter than those photos up top :thinking: but the flash on this particular pic could have a lot to do with it

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      KayCeiSoul says:

      Necole didn’t stop at bleaching. She’s had other cosmetic procedures.

      *******************************

      Ohhhhhh! Correct me then Auntie, CO-RRECT ME!! :lol:

      That’s why she looks like Jigsaw huh? Makes sense. I’on like her no way.

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      GAGIRL87 says:

      Luvie & Who Dat BoardWalk Empire? :popcorn:

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      texaspaine says:

      lol Sandra

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      Sandra Rose says:

      jeniefrumdabloc says:

      This may be the flash though but she is definitely lighter than those photos up top but the flash on this particular pic could have a lot to do with it
      _____________________

      And yet she’s lighter than the light skinned chick standing right next to her? :shrug: Necole used to be brown skin.

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      Matchsticks says:

      I really do think it’s a combo of camera flash and makeup. Now if her arms and the rest of her body was darker I would say she’s likely bleaching, but her skin tone looks even to me… :shrugs:

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      <<<<< That second pic …. is she Ethiopian :thinking: serious question

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      Sandra Rose says:

      KayCeiSoul says:

      Ohhhhhh! Correct me then Auntie, CO-RRECT ME!!
      That’s why she looks like Jigsaw huh? Makes sense. I’on like her no way.
      __________________

      :hahaha:

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      MsOnederful says:

      jeniefrumdabloc says:

      MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:
      I am staying out of the middle of this blog fight
      _________________
      I’m rooting for Sandra if I had to choose a side, Ion like Necole site,,,, she kiss way to much azz

      Rumor has it…Auntie gave Necole her start…hell auntie gave a lot of woman the courage to start blogging and becoming successful at it…IE Atlien and a few others…Necole is a goodie to shoe though..I hardly read her site but she’s definitely cool with a lot of the celebs that can’t take Auntie…Necole should be paying homage to our Auntie..

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      Matchsticks says:

      I really do think it’s a combo of camera flash and makeup. Now if her arms and the rest of her body was darker I would say she’s likely bleaching, but her skin tone looks even to me…
      _________________

      When people do skin bleaching they bleach all over… I seen a interesting documentary about skin bleaching over seas :no: a serious epidemic

    37. 37
      Sandra Rose says:

      Matchsticks says:

      I really do think it’s a combo of camera flash and makeup. Now if her arms and the rest of her body was darker I would say she’s likely bleaching, but her skin tone looks even to me…
      ___________________

      She bleached her entire body. Why would her arms be darker? She used to be brown skin. Do you all have amnesia? :shrug:

    38. 38

      :blink: I’ll never understand this kind of stuff. :shrugs: Never know whats going on with people

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      lovezoe says:

      I like her story. She’s been through much adversity, but has a successful blog. Everybody got to brown nose to get ahead these days (hence the FOTB). I think it’s room in the blog world for everyone yo shine. I like this blog for the people more than anything. We’re all educated, over 21, and don’t be doing that first mess. I love y’all.

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      Matchsticks says:

      @jenie and Sandra

      Welp, maybe she is…but I just think it would look less natural and more powdery/muted…but maybe she’s got some of that good good… :yes:

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      Ni ni says:

      Necole didn’t stop at bleaching. She’s had other cosmetic procedures. by Sandra Rose…Dont know about the bleaching til I see her in person but her look has totally changed. Whatever makes you happy with yourself though.

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      FuturedocDonte says:

      I see :shotsfired: on this beautiful Monday morning

      :waves: morning everybody

    45. 45
      KayCeiSoul says:

      FAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!! :kiss:

    46. 46
      libra80sbaby says:

      I’on like her site cause the chit so crowded lookin…chit takes forever to load and the comments section HERE is waaaay funnier. Yall azzes is stoopid!! :lol:

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      KayCeiSoul says:

      And bleaching accomplishes what?
      Every black person’s features are NOT made to fit with lighter skin.
      Folks be around here STUCK looking like Key & Peele when they do white face. :coffee:

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      Sandra Rose says:

      lovezoe says:

      I like her story. She’s been through much adversity, but has a successful blog. Everybody got to brown nose to get ahead these days (hence the FOTB).
      __________________

      I don’t brown nose. And I don’t try to be a celebrity. She is known for kissing ass (and a few other body parts as well). :coffee:

    49. 49
      GAGIRL87 says:

      Jenie & Kaycei :hug:

    50. 50
      GAGIRL87 says:

      My brother got saved tnis past Sunday you guys I’m so proud of him :yahoo:

    51. 51
      missyJ says:

      AIn’t got nuttin on her bleaching… but I do like SR better. SInce we are judging

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      KayCeiSoul says:

      GAGIRL87 says:

      My brother got saved tnis past Sunday you guys I’m so proud of him :yahoo:

      ********************************

      *Sings Holy Is The Lamb*

      Been singing hymns all morning! Hallelujah!

    54. 54
      MsOnederful says:

      Sandra rose is the only blog where the comment section is intimate them other sites…I just can’t.

    55. 55
      Ty says:

      Because the friend didn’t identify the females in the photo, I had no idea the female on the left was Necole.
      ___________
      So u are going to act like u didn’t notice that 7-8 bags of dry azz Yaki :rofl:

      Does she still look like a used condom :hahaha:

      Morning Roses :wave:

    56. 56
      GAGIRL87 says:

      Bloggers beefing??? really doe??? it’s enough room for everybody to eat ijs :coffee:

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      Ty says:

      Necole may suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD
      _____________
      We had a BBD in our neighborhood :yes: Bad Breath Derek :crying:

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      lovezoe says:

      To God be the glory GAGirl!!!

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      lovezoe says:

      Bloggers beefing??? really doe??? it’s enough room for everybody to eat ijs
      —————-
      :cosign: indeed

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      MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

      Sandrarose.com was named one of the Top 10 Bloggers in the country by Newsweek magazine.
      by Sandra Rose on Nov 18, 2013 at 9:26 am
      ——-
      We DA best (DJ Khaled voice). :trophy:

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      libra80sbaby says:

      Ty says:

      Necole may suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD
      _____________
      We had a BBD in our neighborhood :yes: Bad Breath Derek :crying:
      —————————
      It’s waaaaay too early for this!! :wail:

    62. 62
      GAGIRL87 says:

      I know Kaycei I’m soooooo happy and overjoyed for him seriously :)

    63. 63

      GaGirl :happy: BBL going to pick up my graduation tickets :steer:

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      MisTaken :cell: The Black Mamba says:

      AIn’t got nuttin on her bleaching… but I do like SR better. SInce we are judging
      by missyJ on Nov 18, 2013 at 9:52
      ————–
      :dead: at since we judging. You said dang it I’mma ride :steer: with the site I am on raht nah

    65. 65
      GAGIRL87 says:

      Zoe :hug:

      Kaycei how’s the baby boy? how old is he now?

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      Ty says:

      Really…..so nobody is going to think like a rational person and notice that the entire picture looks washed out due to flash
      ___________
      We don’t really care that much about Nicole and her 1989 Mercedes chile :coffee: *waits on post to go left*

      @ Taken I didn’t get to see it either :cry: Heard it almost beat out Thor though :trophy:

    67. 67
      GAGIRL87 says:

      BBL going to pick up my graduation tickets
      ________________________________________________________

      :waiting: Jenie fill me in

      Taken morning babes:hug”

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      I don’t like to be photographed either. :|

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      Ty says:

      BBL going to pick up my graduation tickets
      _____________
      hurry back nah u hear :yes:

      *grabs some get right from GA’s gravi* hey hun :hug:

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      Just Looking says:

      Good Morning! :waves:

      KayCeiSoul says:

      GAGIRL87 says:
      My brother got saved tnis past Sunday you guys I’m so proud of him :yahoo:

      __________
      Praise GOD! :hug: <<<<—-Church hug for your brother.

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      GAGIRL87 says:

      Ty :kiss: that was a mango,peach, strawberry margarita delicious :bounce:

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      Just Looking says:

      :popcorn: They back at it again :tea:

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      KayCeiSoul says:

      GAGIRL87 says:

      Kaycei how’s the baby boy? how old is he now?

      *************************

      He is good GG! Getting big, trying to stand up on his own. Running thangs. :yes: Him is 9 months :love:

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      Just Looking says:

      :waves: @ Denise aka TY

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      lexdiamonz says:

      Sandrarose.com was named one of the Top 10 Bloggers in the country by Newsweek magazine.

      YES GAWD AUNTY … YOUS in the BIGTIME … Her “clients” are NOT on our level hunty ….

      :cheer:

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      KayCeiSoul says:

      GAGIRL87 says:

      I know Kaycei I’m soooooo happy and overjoyed for him seriously

      ********************

      That takes a burden off when you have siblings that aren’t saved make that step.
      It can only get better from there. That’s taking care of the basics, and it means a lot when I see men do it, especially the young ones because this ol’ whurl got our men just ALLLL messed up.

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      Who Dat says:

      So we not getting a RHOA post? Just a “light skin friend look like Michael Jackson” post?

      Ok.

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      lovezoe says:

      Just a “light skin friend look like Michael Jackson” post?

      ————
      Come back ole Ye

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      lovezoe says:

      My sympathy is waning for Porsha. Throwing all this gay shade, yet you married and stayed married to him. THEN asked your lawyer to give a list so talk can stay together.

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      Who Dat says:

      So Sandra saying Necole is both?

      Light skinned friend and dark skinned friend look like Michael Jackson?

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      Ty says:

      GAGIRL87 says:

      Ty :kiss: that was a mango,peach, strawberry margarita delicious
      __________
      It looks awesome :thumbsup: :rofl:

      :dead: @ Just hey hun :hug: We’re going to need to put up the bat signal for the real Denise and Dimpz :thinking:

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      oohlalalun says:

      Who Dat says:

      So we not getting a RHOA post? Just a “light skin friend look like Michael Jackson” post?

      Ok.
      **********************************
      :dead: that darn K Dubb :crying:

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      Just Looking says:

      Dimpz is good!

      That DENISE is prob cooking aka :hump: somewhere in a exotic island.

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      Ty says:

      Who Dat says:

      So Sandra saying Necole is both?

      Light skinned friend and dark skinned friend look like Michael Jackson?
      _________________

      She got a Light Skinned Friend Look Like Michael Jackson,
      She Got A Dark Skinned Friend Look Like Michael Jackson :whistle:

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      KayCeiSoul says:

      lovezoe says:

      My sympathy is waning for Porsha. Throwing all this gay shade, yet you married and stayed married to him.

      *****************************

      :cosign:

      And she wonders why he is queening on her ass. She showed him that shady side of her, and he let her ass have it. That is what happened.
      Freaky bish knew what she was dealing with and decided money over everything. Now this is a prime example of when gold digging goes terribly wrong.

      That bish body is banging though. Did she get her grill fixed? I don’t remember her being cute the first time I saw her on RHOA. She actually urked my soul. :shrugs:

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      Ty says:

      :rolleyes:

      Jealous Im not :humping: on an exotic island :cry:

      *uses imagination at desk*

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      Who Dat says:

      That fruity margarita looked like it was alot of things. Nutritious. Delicious. Nothing like getting your fruits in and some alcohol at the same time. I am here for it.

      Multitasking.

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      KyCakes says:

      Gud Moanin’ Ery’ones :hi:
      luVn
      Dub
      Jenie
      MisTaken
      KayCei
      GAGirl
      lashelle
      A.J.
      Matchsticks
      Ty
      lovezoe
      Future
      Just
      nini
      San
      MsOnederful
      Oohlala
      lex
      missyj
      Arabian
      texas

    90. 90
      Smonae says:

      D*mn Sandy u going in on another blogger :shocked: But these pics tho :no: she is bright now

      I’m wit TY

      She got a Light Skinned Friend Look Like Michael Jackson,
      She Got A Dark Skinned Friend Look Like Michael Jackson

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      IsThisThingOn... says:

      GAGIRL87 says:

      My brother got saved tnis past Sunday you guys I’m so proud of him

      _________________________

      God bless your brother (and all of our young men out here). Heaven rejoices over him and so do I.

      :waves: <—- *mothers board church wave*

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      MsOnederful says:

      :waves: Ky CAKES

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      Sandra Rose says:

      Smonae says:

      D*mn Sandy u going in on another blogger :shocked:
      _________________

      From what I understand she sold her blog. So… :coffee:

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      IsThisThingOn... says:

      From what I understand she sold her blog. So…
      ____________________________

      @SandraRose

      Good morning to you.

      …so are you saying she doesn’t have a “TotallyHer Media” type arrangement? :tea:

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      Crickett says:

      That girl is sick!
      At some point in a darker black girls life she is vulnerable to self hate. If she doesn’t fix herself or someone doesn’t hurry up and tell her she is pretty the mutilation begins and its hard to stop. It’s not just African American girls, I have seen this in African and Island girls. Sad, and I don’t think it’s the European’s fault, its our own transgressions.

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      MsFefe says:

      Hmmm… I think the girl on the right is a LITTLE darker than this picture. That’s Fallon. She works with Necole on her blog and does a whole other buncha media related stuff. I went to high school with her. Really nice girl but I recall her being a liiiittle darker than this pic. A quick Google search shows Necole looking darker in some images, where as other she has on makeup way too light for her skin tone. Who knows. #ThrowThatShade Lmao :-D

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      mstudammuch says:

      That looks like a good ole #FILTER… Filters.. Making heauxs lighter since 2011 :winky:

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      Ms Peaches says:

      Ummm, I like her first picture.

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      Sunkissed404 says:

      Wow…This is definitely an intense change.

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