Colorism, along with featurism and texturism, are systemic, which is why more darker-skinned Black Latine writers, directors, producers, and casting directors need to become executive-level decision makers within entertainment across the board, but especially for Black Latine stories. In fact, early in Vann’s career, every time she was up for a Latine role, she’d run to the beauty salon to blow-out her natural hair
. She wasn’t alone. This very familiar “pelo malo
” trope has socialized countless Black Latinas into “taming”’ the gorgeous, thick, coarse, kinky hair that grows out of our heads.