i was directed to this post via facebook. it's about a documentary called "dark girls":
a documentary centered on colorism and beauty prejudice in the black community at the Toronto Film Festival.
here's a clip about the documentary:
i have to say, being south asian, this is something that i very much identify with. being "fair" (ie having a light skin colour, the lighter the better) is something that is very much prized, & those with darker skin colour are pretty much valued a lot less in south asian countries.
i guess i'm lucky, given that i came under the category of "fair", but it certainly didn't feel lucky. actually, i hated it, because i knew that any compliments about my skin colour just entrenched a bullsh*t beauty standard unfairly imposed on women (pun totally intended). i hated it in my teen years, and i still hate it now.
i hate how cosmetic companies take advantage of this cultural standard to make money of dark-skinned women, providing products that will lighten their skin. i didn't have the words or the courage when i was young to challenge this cultural norm. also, because i only ever faced it when i visited india, a country where i felt like a foreigner (& really, i was, because i hadn't grown up there), i didn't have the confidence to speak what i felt.
but i have the words now, and i can say it's just wrong. wrong on every level. and i'm prepared to call it out whenever anyone is unwise enough to equate skin-colour with beauty in my presence. i'm not prepared to tolerate it. and i'm asking other south asians to do the same. we can unlearn all the messages we've been bombarded with through movies, television, magazines, advertisements, books, and everyday conversations. we can learn to appreciate beauty in different ways. we can and we must.