Let’s talk about skin colour! ————————————-
Here’s me after two days on the beach. I’ve got a lovely tan, my skin is so smooth and positively glowing! Foundation has been relegated to the bottom of my makeup bag and I feel amazing. I think (being a very light skinned Asian) I look healthier with a tan. .
But it’s got me thinking about all the advertising I’ve been seeing on my travels, about skin whitening creams. Every where I go, I see images of women looking happy and successful once they’ve lightened their dark skin. Even in this day age we promote and perpetuate prejudice through the idea of light skin being far superior to dark skin. It all goes back to ideas around class, money and colonial racism. There’s even prejudice within races - for example in India a dark skin is seen as a barrier to marriage and opportunities and therefore looked down on.
Being mixed race, where one parent is white, is again considered better for getting ahead in life. All these levels of prejudice just don’t help our understanding of racism. I also think people with power and privilege use the success of people of colour with light skin, such as celebrities, to claim, people of colour are doing better. In doing so, this veils the marginalisation of those with dark skin and skews our definition of racism. —————————————
All I know is that I’m proud of my shade of melanin, my race, my ethnicity, and everything thing else that results in me being me. In me being brown (ish). 😊
Necklace and earrings by the gorgeous @ivylace_london ——————————————
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts 😊