As a black teenager going to a predominantly white high school in California, Whitney was my style icon and hero--the first black female pop star who was as beautiful as she was talented. I remember when her video for "You Give Good Love" first aired on MTV, I sat mesmerized in front of the TV watching her.She made me and other girls like me feel like we didn't have to be blond and blue-eyed to be beautiful and admired. I wish she knew how much she did for my and my friends self-esteem, and I wish the joy she gave people and the love those closest to her had been enough to sustain and uplift her like she uplifted so many of us.
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