As a woman and a nanny with years of experience it’s quite interesting to note the general assumptions about nannying based on class, gender and race. These two articles highlight being a woman of colour who also happens to be the mother to lighter skinned children. I’m not a mother myself but certainly my own mum, darker in complexion than I, had her own parentage thrown into contention when out with me in public when I was small. It’s very interesting, and of course problematic, that almost all activities in daily life can be so easily racialised.
‘What are you?’
It’s a question I’m often asked. What am I? I am Coby, I am a woman, I am a Londoner, I am human. This was never enough.
What’s your skin type? Dry and flaky? Oily and acneic? Perhaps it is both, or neither? Regardless, there is a routine out there to cater to your skin’s needs. Something simple like Clinique’s iconic three-step routine, or something more demanding such as the Korean 10-step routine – there are 2,600,000 results on Google for the search ‘skin care routine’ and innumerable brands touting theirs (hello Clinique!)