Experts say 1 in every 3 women in Africa bleach their skin. If there was a way to carry out skin bleaching that didn’t come with major side effects I’ve read about and seen with my own eyes I’d be first in line to try it out. I have what I think are dark and unsightly knuckles and they kill my confidence sometimes. You don’t get to choose the knuckles you want but it would be nice to have pretty ones that don’t look like they can be mistaken for feet.
Waking up sometime in October to news that my favourite Dancehall singer, Spice; had bleached her skin must have been the most devastating thing that happened to me this year. Sounds very contradictory considering I said I would give skin bleaching a try; well, hands bleaching in my case. I was shocked that Spice would want to tamper with bleaching her skin because she’s gorgeous, her skin is unmarred and most of all she’s a talented singer and songwriter. Why on earth would she think she needed to bleach her skin with all these positive things going on for her? Oh, I know why…because society has drilled it in our heads that light skin equates to all things beautiful.
Turns out Spice had a new video coming up and she found a way to capture our attention! When it comes to social media I’ve learnt that if you want to trend you have to hop onto what everyone is currently talking about. Spice took colourism to a whole new level when her makeup artist made her look like she had gone yellow bone on us. This topic isn’t just something we talk about now it’s something that we’ve BEEN talking about for years. She found a great concept to showcase the issue at hand and I love how she refers to her skin as, “Melanin dripping honey” in her music video. That right there is black power.
I’m a mother to a little girl. I remind her that she is beautiful. I don’t want her to feel inadequate. She has pretty little fingers and I’ve taught her how to take care of them. I only found out how to do so a few months ago. She gets to grow up with better looking hands than mine and hopefully pass on the routine to her children some day.
Growing up I wasn’t told dark skin was beautiful. Were you?