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'Dark Girls' Documentary: Black Women Talk Beauty, Prejudice And Self-Esteem Struggles (VIDEO)

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The fascinating and controversial documentary "Dark Girls" explores the prejudices that black women face throughout the world, as told through their personal stories. One such woman shares a revelation she had after a trip to Mexico, where the locals' reaction to her dark skin stood in stark contrast to the typical -- and perplexing -- reaction she says she receives from members of her own race.

While visiting Cancun several years ago, this African-American woman remembers the compliments and attention she received on the trip. "When I got over there, I had the men all at my feet. I got a proposal, I got gifts. I'm like, 'What is going on?'" she says. "They would tell me, 'You have such beautiful skin. Is that your hair? Did you dye it? Is that your natural color?'"

It's an entirely different reaction than she gets from other African Americans. "Black folks look at me like, 'She's just black. Why are they tripping so?'" the woman says. "It's really questionable to me. Why is it that... my own people don't see any beauty in me at all?"

Also in the video, another African-American woman shares her own experience with black men, explaining how they behave one way privately and a completely different way when it comes time to venture out in public.

The world television premiere of the "Dark Girls" documentary airs on Sunday, June 23, at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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