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.
The #blackmirror Q&A time. I'll answer all your questions in a video. In a time where black people too often are in the media for being underrepresented at important events such as the Oscars or make headlines for being targeted by the police I felt it was time to do something positive and inspiring about my race. For too long the negativity seemed to take over in the public eye. It's time to should the world what diversity is capable of!. A little quote from the blog post in case you haven't read the post ( link in bio). #blackmirrorchallenge Photo credit: @raffaelphoto_com
Growing up in Africa, I knew nothing about Black and White, we're all equal, it was United we stand! At least that's what my parents thought me and that's what I believe in. I believe we can be whoever we want to be, so don't let anyone tell you're not what you want to be. If they can do it! So can you. It's about time we stand up together..Dream and Believe. I'm personally fighting for more diversity especially more black models to be seen on bill boards, movies, TV commercials, advertisements etc for us all. #blackmirrow. Full Article now on the blog at www.secretofdd.com ( line in bio). Photo credit: @raffaelphoto_com Makeup and hair by: @dgbyjd Hair by: @melissahoylehair
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.
3. Bipasha Basu
4. Deepika Padukone
6. Priyanka Chopra
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