The bizarre obsession of South Asians with fair skin is not unknown. Everyone wants to get fairer and they use all sorts of home remedies, cosmetics, and nuskhaas to get it even though it is impossible to change your skin tone.
The entire multi-billion cosmetic industry is based on people’s desire to get whiter skin. From a very early age, kids are exposed to this notion that fair skin is pretty and they should get it by any means. Naturally, it affects the confidence and self-esteem of dark-skinned kids, girls especially.
This happened with the 5-year-old daughter of writer and columnist Wajahat Ali. He took to Twitter to share a disheartening experience with his daughter Nusabya, where she was feeling bad for having brown skin.
Ali started by how his daughter came up to him and his life and exclaimed that she loves her brown skin. But, just two months ago, the same girl had told her parents that she wished for her skin to be lighter.
They wanted their daughter to feel proud of her skin. But how do you change the mind of a 5yo who is being brainwashed by society into believing that her skin color is not pretty enough?
They introduced her to books and toys that celebrated the power of brown skin. It was difficult to replace that with the influence of pop culture, but they tried their best and it worked in the end. Their daughter finally believes that she is beautiful exactly the way she is.
Others Also Share Their Experiences
This thread inspired other brown people to share their experiences too.
It is tragic to see so many people go through this. Western people prefer having tanned skin. South Asians, on the other hand, are obsessed with fair skin. The grass is indeed greener on the other side.
This is why we need body positivity now more than ever. Too many generations have spent feeling inferior or less confident because of how they looked. The future generation shouldn’t have to go through this too.
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