Mickey Guyton Reflects on Wanting to Fit in the Country Music Industry: ‘I Wish I Had Lighter Skin and Blue Eyes’
Mickey Guyton gets real about self-love.
On Thursday, the 38-year-old country singer shared a photo from the early days of her career along with a photo of her now. In the more recent photo, she is visibly glowing and she used the caption to talk about her struggle to love herself, especially in an industry dominated by white artists.
“The girl I was then wanted so badly to be liked,” she wrote. “I wanted so badly to be included and to fit in. There were times when I wished I had lighter skin and blue eyes. But the woman I am now loves everything that makes me different. The woman I am now, loves my bobbins and my lace wigs and my dark brown skin. The woman I am now doesn’t want to fit in. I want to fit in. #Different”
Celebrity friends and fans took to the comments to praise the star for her transparency.
“YES,” LeAnn Rimes said.
“Damn sister, and we’re here for it!!!!!” singer Yola added.
“There is no more powerful medicine than loving exactly who you are – it is healing for you and for the whole world!” wrote a fan.
“And this girl is more than happy that you’ve finally embraced all that you are. That chocolate gooooddnesssss sister!” someone noticed.
“Thanks for always inspiring ME!” one commenter continued.
This isn’t the first time Guyton has opened up about her journey as a black artist in country music. After the release of her single “Black Like Me”, inspired by the murder of George Floyd, she described her early attempts to get her career off the ground “very frustrating” in an interview with WWD.
“I’ve often thought, maybe this isn’t for me. I doubted myself and my talent. I’d see guys pop up like weeds and have multiple number one and full careers, and I couldn’t even get a label to record my songs,” she recalled.
She also spoke about the expectations that many black and brown artists in the music industry face.
“My goal is to have a career like Carrie Underwood,” Guyton said, “and sell out arenas, write a book, have a fashion line — and open the doors to other women of color. That’s how often artists become pigeonholed: if you’re black you should sing R&B, if you’re Latina you should do salsa and pop, but everyone should just have their own dreams.”