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Physically lighten one's skin tone has been around for a long time, and it's developed into a billion-dollar international industry. However, the way the Western media has reported on this topic feels problematic.
The act of lightening one's skin goes beyond the physical effect it can also be incredibly detrimental to one's self-confidence and mental health.
With massive followers on Instagram, South Sudanese model Nyakim Gatwech is using her platform to talk out towards oppressive beauty standards, encouraging her followers to like themselves for precisely who they're.
Earlier last year, the 24-year-old model replied to her Uber driver's comments about her bleaching her skin on Instagram, and we’re all appalled at what happened to her and thankful that she’s talking it out.
According to Gatwech, the driver requested her if she could bleach her skin for $10,000, and she gave him a reality check about it, telling him her “lovely melanin is a blessing,” and we’re cheering for her powerful and however a gracious response.
Gatwech firmly stated she’d by no means bleach her skin color and for any amount of cash, and expressed that she views her darkish skin as rightfully beautiful.
Our skin is dark for a reason, especially if you live in Africa. We need melanin to protect us from the sun rage. When you use a chemical and ask your body to stop making the melanin, there are health implications.
We question why people are doing it, but the question should be why are people making these products? There are no options for white people to darken their skin besides tanning. This is an epidemic because you allow it. What are you going to do to change it? What is your take, please feel free to leave a comment below.
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