The owner of a boutique in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, which sells stylish officewear for women, says she will wear black to a job interview.
Samantha K. Smith says she has been an “everyday black woman” for a long time, but when she was recently asked by an employer about her outfit, she had to be “worried.”
Smith, 33, said she decided to wear the black outfit in an effort to be less of a “white person” for her boss, who said he could not tolerate black women wearing “black clothes.”
“I didn’t want to be a part of it,” Smith said.
“I wanted to be in a position where I didn’t have to be.
I wanted to feel safe.”
Smith’s outfit has been a hot topic online and at work, as people have shared her comments.
On Wednesday, she posted an Instagram photo showing a pair of black lace up pumps and a black dress, saying she felt the outfit made her look “more black than black.”
“Black is my color.
Black is my look,” she captioned the photo.
“Black is not for me to hide, it is my identity.”
Smith said she wears the outfit to “teach people that I am black,” but that it does not make her feel “less black.”
In another post, Smith said she is proud of her “blackness.”
“No one will ever see you in the workplace, and I am not going to let them see me,” she wrote.
Smith said that when she is wearing the outfit, people ask her if she has a boyfriend.
“They will think I am so smart and they will be surprised,” she said.
Smith has a two-year-old daughter.
Her daughter, who is black, asked if she wears black.
“I love her black,” Smith told the New York Daily News.
“She is a bit of a tomboy.
She wants to be like me.
I am going to tell her she is awesome.”
In a Facebook post, she added: “I am so proud of myself.
I think I have to say that I do feel black because I am proud of my skin tone.
And I am happy because I have black friends.”