I’ve been watching these commercials for many years now. A dark girl with no confidence (just because of her complexion) sitting in a dark room with no life. Her friend suggests her new fairness cream in market and within 4-6 weeks (as claimed by the product company) our dark girl becomes 3-4 shades lighter (which is first of all not possible) and with that she gains so much confidence that she becomes a supermodel overnight.

What the heck! What are you people trying to prove? Being fair is the only criteria to become famous or is the key to success? Fairness brings confidence and the limelight? You want to sell your product but look what kind of mentality you are giving to this society and the young girls who want to achieve something.

 If this is true then Sushmita Sen wouldn’t have been Miss Universe, Bipasha wouldn’t have been considered sexy actress, Nandita Das wouldn’t have been a sensible actress, Naomi wouldn’t have been supermodel, Rihanna and JeLo wouldn’t have been rocking this world. Oprah wouldn’t have been one of the most influential people in the world.  These are very few names in the list of dark and successful girls in this world.

It is sad that in our society (India) fairer is still better. Though the scenario is changing now; but not completely. You cannot judge any person with his/her complexion. What you want to achieve? You want fair bride for your son just to flaunt in the society. Even fair girls shouldn’t be happy with this fact as you are being put as a show piece in front of all the relatives and nothing more.

A person looks more attractive not because of his/her complexion but the attitude with which he/she walks into the society. The smartness and the confidence. The intelligence and the work.

My mama said life would be so hard
Growing up days as a black girl scarred
In so many ways though we’ve come so far
They just know the name they don’t know the pain
So please hold your heads up high
Don’t be ashamed of yourself know I
Will carry it forth till the day I die
They just know the name they don’t know the pain black girl

So my dear dark ladies, if at all you are feeling low just because you have dark complexion start believing in yourself. If at all you are using those fairness creams throw them in a dust been and show these mindless people that you don’t give a damn, you have got much more to become what you want to be. Get some pride and slap on their faces who think being fair is everything. There’s nothing wrong in trying to get flawless complexion but going mad over fairness is mere insulting yourself.

Remember, if fair is lovely then dark is beautiful.

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