I am thinking the person who had written the post on Mancouch about hot Indian women meant well. But some who commented on it pointed out that most of the women chosen on that blog post were fairer skin and also had more “anglo” features than the majority of Indian women.  (Also the picture that Mancouch put up looks more white than Indian!?)

I am not Indian though I often get that a lot (random people/ strangers like to guess my ethnicity).  Especially when I’ve been out on the beach a lot or just in the sun in general because – surprise – many Indian women are dark.

It’s sad but Southeast Asia is OBSESSED with being fair skinned.  In the Philippines in the beauty stores where the “spray-on tanning and tan bed coupons” would be in America, there are a butt-load of whitening creams! (Even creams to make your nipples more “pink!” CREEPY.)  It’s apparent in the marketing as well. All of the billboards I saw in Manila displayed very pale Filipino people… and I thought “Hmmm… that’s not what my family looks like!”

So here are some beautiful Indian actresses/celebrities that are “darker skinned” and a bit more representative of Indian features (that I have encountered):

First one you will all recognize (and disappointed me that she wasn’t included on the first list): Parminder Nagra. (Remember Bend it Like Beckham?? I love that movie!)

Remember the part in the movie when she snuck away to Germany, got all dolled up and stole the heart of her cute coach??

The next one may be less recognizable but she described herself as an “ugly duckling” growing up.  She was on America’s Next Top Model: Anchal


And finally someone you all may not recognize: Nandita Das

(For those of you not in the know here is her wiki: Nandita Das (born 7 November 1969) is an award-winning Indian film actress and director. As an actress, she is known for her performances in Fire (1996), Earth (1998), Bawandar (2000) and Aamaar Bhuvan (2002). As a director, she is known for her directorial debut Firaaq (2008), which has won a number of national and international awards. She has been awarded the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France for her work.)

Any more you’d like to add to the list?