A fair mum and a not so fair dad equals a not so fair me. OMG so not cool according to the Indian standards. I know this is not what everyone thinks but definitely a “fair” share of people in India think this way and you know it.
This video reminded me of an incident. When I was a child someone told me if I’d have apples everyday I’d get a fair complexion and red cheeks. Needless to say at the age of 5 all I understood was I needed to be fair to fit in. I tried. I really did. An apple a day did manage keeping the doctor away but it really did nothing for my complexion 😛 Atleast I have a thick skin now that doesn’t let things like this get to my head anymore.
I have always had people around me say things like “Oh, You didn’t get your Mum’s color” or “Why don’t you apply the creams or do something at home to improve your complexion”. The best thing that was repeatedly said was “You won’t get a good Indian boy” haha (Sorry Aunty Ji’s I already did).
The countless ads on TV, Bharat Matrimony and in Newspapers that say “Fair, Good Looking girl wanted” reminds you every day that OMG your color. Eh, still not happening.
Anyways, I’m not here to complain or put anyone down. Like my MIL and Mum say it doesn’t matter what your color is. What matters is the inner beauty. What matters is how hard you work, how smart you can be or how compassionate you are.
Fair or dark. Why does it have to matter?
In all this confusion about color and people constantly mocking, I wonder how many teenagers and young adults really manage getting out without being stained by these remarks. Teenagers and women with self esteem and body image issues?
So, lets look around cause there are so many people that need some pickin’ up today. People who are still trying to hide behind closed doors not wanting to show their beautiful selves.
Lets educate more people and spread the word. Get over being obsessed about skin tones and work towards something bigger in life may be?
Color has nothing to do with class.
There needs to be a change and this is where it begins 🙂
A Not-so-fair Indian girl tired of this Fair vs Dark drama already 🙂