This article is dedicated to all the dark and wonderful people in the world. I get angry when people make fun of dark-skinned people and make them feel inferior. God has given us so many things and the colour of our skin is such a superficial thing if you really think about it. Dark-skinned people generally have a low self-esteem and the advertisements for fairness creams on television just add fuel to the fire. A dusky girl cannot get a decent job and can make a guy fall in love with her only by using the fairness cream and becoming ’six shades fairer.’ That is incredibly demeaning. Okay, so the guy is besotted and marries the ‘now fair’ girl and if she gets tanned on her honeymoon is he going to desert her? A man who judges a woman by her skin colour is so not worth it.
What is fair?
The matrimonial advertisements claim ‘Wanted fair and good-looking’ girl. As if these pre requisites decide the compatibility with the groom and their happiness as a couple. It is time people realize that fair is not necessarily lovely and ban fairness creams from the market. Look at the dark-skinned people who have made a mark like Nelson Mandela, Dhirubai Ambani, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Bipasha Basu and President Barack Obama. So next time someone puts you or a dark friend down, look them in the eye and tell them to back off. Because real beauty lies deep within.
VAISHNAVI CHANDRAMOHAN, Sri Ramachandra University
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