Dark is beautiful - A battle we fight each day to make people understand that ‘We are humans too’!
How does it start? It starts when children are young: the moment a child is born, relatives start comparing siblings’ skin colour. It starts in your own family – but people don’t want to talk about it openly especially in Asian and African countries. Western beauty ideals, including fair skin or lighter skin dominate worldwide. The largest and fastest-growing markets are in the Asia-Pacific region. In India, a typical supermarket will have a wall of personal care products featuring ‘whitening’ skin creams or moisturisers from wellknown brands. Are we still living in that era where colour really matters?
As a child and an adult I have faced several such comments on my skin colour, the way I look..and what not. I remember people used to put me down by saying ‘Look at her complexion, no colour suits her’ ‘who will marry her with that skin tone?’ ‘Tell her to do some home remedies for a lighter skin tone’..’why is she so dark but her sisters are fairer’...these were those statements which I heard right from the beginning. But when these people laugh at you or you get compared with your siblings at a young age..that’s when it leaves marks on your soul. I have had lower self confidence, less enthusiastic, self doubt, scared to talk to people, run away from relatives and friends who pinned me down on basis of my colour. Have you ever imagined what sort of mental trauma a girl faces all this at a young age?
What I’m going to instil in my daughter is! You are beautiful just the way you are..you don’t need makeup or any sort of validation from others..to define your beauty.
24 Feb 2020