Africa: Where black is not really bea...

Africa: Where black is not really beautiful

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#1 Jan 1, 2013
South Africa is marketed to the world as Mandela's rainbow nation, where everyone is proud of their race and heritage. But for some black South Africans there is such a thing as being too black.

A recent study by the University of Cape Town suggests that one woman in three in South Africa bleaches her skin. The reasons for this are as varied as the cultures in this country but most people say they use skin-lighteners because they want "white skin".

Local musician Nomasonto "Mshoza" Mnisi, now several shades lighter, says her new skin makes her feel more beautiful and confident.


#2 Jan 1, 2013
As sad as this story is, it's true. A lot of Africans and Caribbean People in the UK bleach their skin.

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#3 Jan 1, 2013
Wow so not only are African women use skin lighteners but they are also sporting blonde weaves.

Hyde Park, MA

#4 Jan 1, 2013
yeah the effects of colonization, the same thing is going on in Asia with Indians and orientals.

Hyde Park, MA

#5 Jan 1, 2013
at least in nollywood majority of the actresses are dak skinned black women, not mixed race like it is in hollywood

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#7 Jan 1, 2013
this should surprise no one. looks are everything in our society with white people being the penultimate of the most sought after of looks. a person's character means nothing at all.

black people (not all), who are so beguiled by shiny objects and looking good, continue to forsake everything and anything that connotes their blackness.

each subsequent generation of black people seems to move further away from their blessed blackness.

Faribault, MN

#8 Jan 1, 2013
hi everyone, im somali girl. Every person no matter if they r black,white,caucasian(GOD created them all)they have to be treatened the same way(equally)

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#9 Jan 1, 2013
beauty does not depends on colour..

just,black people have low self esteem.

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