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Deepika Padukone, Rekha and more: Heroines who turned fair in Bollywood

Much before the ‘dark is beautiful’ campaign started and decades before the usage ‘dusky beauty’ became commonplace, Bollywood has been nurturing prejudices of our society in it’s own hackneyed ways. With our obsession for the fair skin, for decades it was obvious for aspiring actors to believe that a fair skin was a prerequisite for being beautiful.

bollywood Updated: Dec 12, 2016 13:39 IST
HT Correspondent
Rekha and Deepika Padukone are two leading ladies of Bollywood who have championed feminism but are also rumoured to have undergone skin lightening treatments. The result is obvious when we take a closer look at their pictures from the past.
Rekha and Deepika Padukone are two leading ladies of Bollywood who have championed feminism but are also rumoured to have undergone skin lightening treatments. The result is obvious when we take a closer look at their pictures from the past.

Much before the ‘dark is beautiful’ campaign started and decades before the usage ‘dusky beauty’ became commonplace, Bollywood has been nurturing prejudices of our society in it’s own hackneyed ways. With our obsession for the fair skin, for decades it was obvious for aspiring actors to believe that a fair skin was a prerequisite for being beautiful.

With model Deddeh Howard recreating photoshoots with black models, highlighting the lack of diversity in the modelling industry, the focus returns to the issue of skin colour and racism.

International celebrities Samuel L Jackson, George Lucas, Jennifer Lawrence and several others have spoken about the problem of racism in Hollywood. Back home, actors Kalki Koechlin and Nandita Das are spearheading campaigns against racism in Bollywood and Indian modelling industry.

However, we have had several leading ladies who allegedly underwent skin lightening treatments to stay relevant in showbiz. Of course, no one went on record to admit they’d opted for treatments, much like the rumoured plastic surgeries.

1. Kajol

2. Sridevi

3. Bipasha Basu

4. Deepika Padukone

5. Rekha

6. Priyanka Chopra

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