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Fashion » How colorism affects beauty standard among black women by: Joyafrikanna(m) .:. Wed, 27 Jan, 2021 - 07:09:52:pm GMT
'Beauty' they say is in the 'eye of the beholder'. But really, there are certain attributes or features that are generally accepted to be beautiful. Main stream media has sold this 'features' as the ideal for beauty.

One of this 'feature' is the color of one's skin. Until recently, light skinned women were considered more beautiful than dark skinned women and this is why Lagos in Nigeria is the largest market for bleaching cream.

The above prejudice based on the color of one's skin is called colorism. The English dictionary defines colorism as prejudice against persons on the basis of their skin color usually among people of the same racial identification.

The history of colorism dates back to the colonial era, whereby black slaves of lighter skin tone were allowed to work inside rather than on the farm under the harsh sun and they also worked less and ended up being more educated than their fellow dark skinned black.

I believe colorism was really a tool to dictate western superiority. That is, considering the western culture more superior than our own black culture.

Now colorism has affected the beauty standard among black women in more ways than can be imagined. It's not just the high rise in the use of bleaching creams which in turn leads to cancer and other health issues, but also in the bid to look more western, black women also relax their hair to give it that 'western look and texture'.

Unfortunately, to be termed beautiful as a black woman you have to be 'light skinned' and have a 'straight hair'. I'm not saying that's what everyone believes, but I'm saying a majority believes or how would you explain the rather shocking high increase in the use of bleaching products all in the name of wanting to look beautiful.

So do you think colorism has a say in the beauty standard? Or do you have a personal experience with being prejudiced based on your skin color? Please share, I'd love to know what you think. Thanks.


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Re: How colorism affects beauty standard among black women by: Abbey(m) .:. Wed, 22 Sep, 2021 - 05:49:39:pm GMT

Those that are light in complection are considered to be the most beautiful among ladies ,whereas it is not so dark ladies are also beautiful too it depend on how you use or take care of your body.

Bleaching the skin is not the best but natural beauty if as a lady you maintain your natural beauty you will be glowing but ladies think when they use cream that is when they will look good which I disagree bleaching your body doesn't say you are the most beautiful among others .

**Abbey **

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Re: How colorism affects beauty standard among black women by: Abbey(m) .:. Wed, 22 Sep, 2021 - 05:57:21:pm GMT

Changing the colour of your skin will later about an effect which in the future you will regret your actions.

In the first place God has created you correctly ,why changing your skin beauty is not only about the look of the face but your body generally.

In those days during slavery they have reason why they change their skin with colour.
This days bleaching is been categories as civilization, we use cream and apples it to our body , we copy the white people they are white already they can use cream but we are black .
Anyways it is a matter of choice but be careful so that it wont damage your body if this matter corncern you.

**Abbey **

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Re: How colorism affects beauty standard among black women by: Iyanu(f) .:. Sat, 11 Jun, 2022 - 07:40:46:am GMT

If you see you are drak in completions or let me say black in completion you don't have to use cream infact if you fell like using cream use the one that fit your body structure not the one that will dismantle your body.

If you are dark in completion you should be a little bit in consuming of all these creams because it can caused damage to your body and it will affect you very much.

I will advice every one that you shouldn't change your skin colour so that you won't be affected it affect women most in delivery period please stay out of it .
**Oladipupo **

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Re: How colorism affects beauty standard among black women by: Obajichi(f) .:. Tue, 06 Sep, 2022 - 01:36:14:pm GMT

The common saying that black is beauty still makes sense anyday ,anytime and anywhere.

The colour of your skin speaks a lot about you.
If you are dark skinned then use a body cream meant for your skin colour.
If you are light skinned, then use a body cream meant for your skin.

Do you know the funny thing about the dark and light complexion?
The dark complexion can never be bought.
As for the fair complexion, it can be bought at any price.

Many have spent a fortune on their skin colours and have regretted changing their skin colours.

Appreciate your skin colour because that's God's natural painting or decoration on you.

**I love being me.**

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Re: How colorism affects beauty standard among black women by: Iyanu(f) .:. Thu, 08 Sep, 2022 - 10:50:04:pm GMT

@Obajichi:According to your last sentence which say appreciate yourself the way God has created you because that is the natural way God has created you .
Let try to appreciate our skin colour naturally don't believe until you turn yourself to another thing before you look good.
**Oladipupo **

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Re: How colorism affects beauty standard among black women by: Wonders(f) .:. Wed, 21 Sep, 2022 - 01:43:45:am GMT

Indeed you're right, it affects the beauty standards of black women. However,this boils down to the fact that it's tendency of an average man to get drawn towards anything that sparkles, anything that shines.

If we want to be sincere with ourselves, in the olden days, it is fair-skinned people you'd first notice in a room and it's all because that skin colour is a colour that shines. It's simply a loud colour and there's nothing you and I can do about that, that's the fact.

Thankfully, skin care producers have started taking the black/dark/chocolate skin colour into consideration. They're now producing skin products that help lighten up and smoothening the colour.

I'm not penning down this because I'm fair or white in complexion. No I'm a black skin woman in fact at a tender age, i remember crying to mum to buy lightening creams for me so I will become fair and the guys in my class will notice me.

I believe every black skin woman have similar story but the truth is the truth. The good part of all of these is that we now have better skin products that helps us shines and stand out in the crowd despite our colour being dark.

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