Monday, September 2, 2013

Dark is Beautiful.


I am dusky/brown skin complexion. But till date by God's grace I never had to face any problems or harassments due to that. Maybe coz I was taught and grown up around people where a person is seen beyond her skin color and for the color of her soul. Recently I came across 'Dark is Beautiful' campaign and happened to read many testimonials of people who had faced not so good moments cos of their skin color.

For centuries fair or light skin has been a symbol of prominence, superiority and higher social ranking. An Indian girl's marriage proposals and her worth have been and still often are governed by the hue of her skin and I guess it happens mostly in North India (correct me if 'm wrong). Skin whitening products market is just rocketing nowadays and is almost a billion dollar industry with some outrageous products that lightens even your underarms and private parts.

But brown skin have it's own advantages. So I thought of penning down Seven such plus points bestowed upon us due to our complexion.

1. Diverse ... From brown chocolate to dark chocolate, from warm caramel to sweet cinnamon our skin comes in myriad of shades. And all are equally Beautiful.

2. Kissable ... I never hesitated to step into the sun at any time of the day, except when my headaches bothers me. Been dusky gives an added advantage to embrace sun whenever you want without fearing much about its UV rays.

3. Unattainable ... I always love to hold closer something that is unattainable to others. My skin for example. The western world yearns for a warm glowing skin and we Indians, just wanna get rid of them which we got without going to the beach or any tanning saloons.

4. Luminous ... There's something radiant about our skin. Whether sun kissed or naturally almond roast. A 24x7 glow is something that's gifted to us.

5. Versatile ... Brown blends so easily with others. Like wise our brown hues go great with anything. It just pops against the bold and bright blues, reds, yellows and pink and tags along with light shades and gives a contrast against white and black.

6. Delicious ... Chocolate is the most delicious food ever. Should I explain more?

7. Bye Skin cancer .... Another advantage to having more melanin is that we are less susceptible to skin cancer.

Every women is beautiful despite her skin or her features. A woman should be judged for the daughter, grandchild, friend, aunt, wife and mother she is and not for her complexion. Kudos to all dark/brown/wheatish/black/white women out there.

We all are just beautiful the way we are.



This is my second post written for the Write Tribe Festival of Words.


38 comments :

  1. I am lucky to be a male, because the harassment is almost non-existent. A few friends tell me I look scary, and experience in social situations kind of confirms it. We have started enjoying this :-)

    I love the fact that I too am less likely to have skin cancer :D

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    1. Even now when people claim to be modern if they judge a person based on their skin color then its too periodical.

      Same here ;)

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  2. They say 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder'. But real beauty comes from within which cannot be altered by external factors.

    Nicely written. 6th point is a LOL :-)))

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    1. Very true. If a person is not beautiful from within then nothing can compensate that.

      6th one is the highlight ;)

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    2. Thank you so much for visiting my space here :)

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  3. The colour of the skin is no consideration. It is the character,sincerity and broadmindedness which is important.

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  4. Agree with your points esp the chocolate :)

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  5. I ahgree with you, every one is special and beautiful in their own special way. I liked your post.

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  6. I hear ya! Same boat! And don't get me started on the delicious-looking part of our color! I love it! :-)

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  7. We are beautiful the way we are - Amen to that!

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  8. perfect!! u got it all there!! and umm..chocolates!!

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  9. I have read the "dark is beautiful"compaign & some are so superbly written. I always felt dark people have the most beautiful features then how cannot be they good looking. More importantly inner beauty influences me.

    http://sailorswiferamblings.blogspot.com/2013/09/sizzling-seven.html

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    1. I agree with that. You should be beautiful from within, cos at the end only that counts.

      Thank you so much for visiting my space here :)

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  10. We are all beautiful in our own way. Love the humor in the post:)

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  11. We are all beautiful in our own way. Love the humor in the post:)
    www.vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com

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  12. what a lovely write-up celebrating our skin!! Love it!

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  13. i read about a similar campaign in print media a month back that highlights the problems women face when they want to tonne down their shade...fantastic write :)

    you can check out my post here:-
    Karan - Grand Mother

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    1. In some places only the skin color of a girl child is important. If she's fair she's gonna get a good groom or els she's good for nothing. When such thoughts creep into a child's mind it grows up with her as she gets older. ....

      Thank you for visiting and acknowledging :)

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  14. Good one. We need to love our body. Because it is a precious (unsoilicited) gift! Appreciation for the admiration.

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  15. i love this post. i am not fair and have no regrets at all. i love to be called dusky beauty . Thanks sharing such beautiful reasons in loving dark complexion.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! :)

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  16. The favouritism and the notion of superiority of fair complexioned people is also present in South India. The blame goes to the media and the way they portray it. True, we all are beautiful the way we are. The inner beauty is what that matters the most. And hey, I happened to read this post because I had already written a post on this issue long back and wanted to know your views :)

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    1. I agree. Esp the ads, and that too by actors who could influence many. It just makes the dusky ones feel too inferior at ones, esp as I said in the so called Bridal zones!

      P.S. thanks Akash for stopping by. Heading to your blog :)

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