To those of you who think representation isn’t important, Lupita Nyong’o inspired a young black girl to not bleach her skin.
I repeat, Lupita Nyong’o inspired a young black girl to not bleach her skin.
Lupita received a letter from a young black girl that said she was about to buy Dencia’s…
yes, yes and yes
representation is so very key
This is something that I have been thinking about for a while now. As an Indian, I don’t exactly have to look to hollywood for entertainment. I look to bollywood. I seek representation in that industry more so than in hollywood. I keep thinking of how, had I not seen Rani Mukherjee or Vidya Balan on the screen would I be in a much worse space in terms of loving my skin tone or figure? It is so important to know that you are beautiful and to realise your beauty for yourself, but its much easier to do so with the right support and encouragement, and this comes in so many forms. One of them is via representation and the understanding that beauty is not a strictly defined concept.
Also, as someone who has been bombarded with more than her fair share of skin whitening product advertisements and often considered what would actually happen if I tried them, this is just incredibly touching to see happening. (FINALLY)