From beauty products like “Fair & Lovely” that promote fairer complexions to magazines who photoshop models’ skin to look lighter, colorism is a global problem that people from all societies face. Fair skin is promoted as more beautiful and equated with success, wealth, and power. On the flip side, darker skin is viewed as undesirable. This has serious consequences on people of color and their sense of self-worth.
Mashal and Nadia fill in for Esther to help Laila tackle these issues and share their own experiences as women of color. Some of the topics they discuss include skin lightening products, the media’s role in colorism, light skin privilege, and how prejudices against those with dark skin are easily internalized.
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