Let’s Talk about Storm, Dark Skin, and Representation

Dani Bethea
7 min readJul 28, 2019

The layers to colorism.

*Originally written March 24, 2018*

It never fails to make me smile when I reminisce about all the kids from the 80s and the 90s that think about how important Storm was to them. Her presence was so important to them on Saturday morning cartoons. We were all able to see her so powerful-so gorgeous, with all of the powers of the elements and with all of the powers of every weather manifestation imaginable. She constantly had the best dialogue or the best vice actress that imbued her character with so much life and vitality. She had the coolest battle uniforms that really enabled her powers to be on display — and her hair was just everything! Storm essentially made them want to be a better writer, comic book creator, and cosplayer which was only the tip of the iceberg.

So in this outcry for better representation, for true representation and how we perceive Storm has always been…its not just us wearing nostalgia glasses…okay, maybe it is, maybe we are wearing nostalgia glasses because we remember how Storm came to be, how Storm came to be visualized so beautifully, so radically, so authentically. We remember Storm for the super-hero that she was…and the super-model that she was.

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Dani Bethea

Horror Sommelier & Pop Culture Pontificator. Prev EIC: We Are Horror. Published: Studies In the Fantastic + Women of Jenji Kohan + Montréal Monstrum Society .