The Body Shop has a skin-lightening cream? And it’s being marketed by Dia Mirza? I don’t know how I feel about this, guys. This is what Mirza’s non-Photoshopped skin looks like:
Do you think Mirza’s choice to shill skin lightener is misguided?[via ONTD]
She doesn’t even look like the same person in the two photos. I never understood why people with darker skin would want pale skin. I’m white (mostly) and I used to always try to make my skin as brown as possible to achieve that exotic look. But I guess for them, pale skin is exotic. It’s just different perspectives I suppose.
Meh. If anything she looks better paler. I don’t see the problem in her being the spokesperson. I mean, it IS a lightening cream. Why have someone who already has pale skin doing it? I say, good for her. Why? Cuz who cares. -_-
Heh… wrote a rant about Bollywood Actor marketing skin lightening cream a while back.http://lakakalo.xanga.com/732356983/skin-bleach-of-manliness/
Shameless plug aside, this is essentially bullshit. How an actress/actor looks on screen (or in print) has more to do with makeup artists, lighting specialists, cinematographers and post production crew. Simply bleaching one’s skin doesn’t give anyone the skill/talent needed to become a star.
The fact that stars still show up in ads like these just show exactly how far they are willing to go for money.
i think its pretty much the same thing as self tanning cream. they photoshop people to look tanner in those ads too.
i personally think the combination of dark hair and eyes with pale skin is beautiful, its such a pretty contrast. based on the sparkly/shimmeriness in the second pic, i’d say she’s using bronzer and also a TON of makeup. i think she looks better in the first pic because she’s wearing more natural looking makeup, plus i’m sure the airbrushing and photoshop help a lot too.
sunflower / 332 posts
Ha! They don’t even look like the same person! I’m a bit iffy about this because I wouldn’t imagine that it is 100% safe… but I can’t be too hypocritical because I tan (both naturally and with self tanner) and this is basically that… just in reverse.
@woundedrhymes@xanga - Yeah definitely different perspective. In the old days in asian countries being light skinned meant you were wealthy enough that you didn’t need to be outside working the fields and farm lands. Being darker was usually associated with the lower class since they always had to work outside. Err.. that’s what I’ve heard from my family and others anyways.
magnolia / 1369 posts
I wonder if I can use that stuff on my armpits. My underarms are naturally darker colored, I had to go to a doctor because I didn’t understand why they were changing color and he said some people just naturally have darker skin there.
I’m one of the ‘lucky’ ones. lol
daffodil / 1569 posts
@MangoWOW@xanga - my roommate had that problem, and when she started doing laser hair removal on her underarms, it went away!
@Jessica - I’ve been wanting to try that! Hmmm, I might as well check prices.
Doesn’t bother me. People are always going to want to change things about themselves, and this is the same as self-tanner- someone going for a different skin tone.
in my (Indian) parents’ household… darker skin just doesn’t look as nice as fair skin does with bright colorful clothing. its why we’d always get in trouble for staying out on the beach for those long summer evenings before coming in for dinner.
in the indian culture.. darker skin usually is associated with people of lower castes/status that have to work out in the field or were servants. and some families who practice arranged marriages are so concerned with dark skin, that it actually is harder to find a husband for a dark skinned girl. One of my distant cousins is not really dark (but not fair either), and when she and her boyfriend were telling his parents their intent to marry, his parents actually got super upset with him that he found someone that was darker than him. They called her ugly (when in fact she’s beautiful) and that stated that they don’t want dark grand kids.
after months of arguing and struggling, they got engaged anyways lol
I’d use the cream. I love how sunkissed skin feels, but wow, I totally turn purple when I have a tan and all you can see of me in going-out pictures are the white of my teeth and eyes. If this were to help me return to normal and be safe on my skin, heck ya I’d use it.
@l0velypinayl0ser@xanga - That’s true, and I find that they still have that that “pale skin is better” mentality embedded in their culture. I was in Korea last winter visiting family (my husband is Korean), and I noticed a lot of the beauty products say stuff like “whitening cream” or “skin whitening” on it.
daisy / 658 posts
@MangoWOW@xanga - try a 2% hydroquinone for the area first. my friend used a inexpensive cream with this active ingredient for the area around… her bumhole that was darker than rest of the skin and it looked “clean” according to her after 2 month of daily application. lol
i think it’s such an eastern thing for them to want their skin to lighten up. i’m asian, i have yellow skin, i’m a bit pale but in the summer, i get a lot of sun so i’m a bit tanned and i love that i have that sunkiss glow. i love who i am and how i was made. i don’t need to change myself for to be accepted.
its hella photoshopped. shes not like that in real life!
I see no difference between this and an American celebrity being used in an ad for self tanner. Its whatever.
sunflower / 281 posts
NO UGH. White girls tan to get darker skin and no one gives a fuck. Who cares if other people want lighter skin? The world is so fucking annoying.
she’s already really fair-skinned. but she gets no other work, so i’m sure she jumped at the opportunity to campaign an ad.
@rockinvball33@xanga - you’re pretty already though. i don’t think you’d look any greater with lighter skin. and that’s a compliment.
it’s a brown thing… all the “aunties” (brown ladies who have children of their own) wish for their daughters and sons (especially the girls, though) to be light-skinned so that they can marry them off and look “pretty” on their wedding day. i’m from brown culture, and fair-skinned (compared to most) and this summer i did nothing but sit in my house all day… occasionally stepping outside for a run. my mom one day looked at my arms and said “you got dark” NOT “you got tan”. my response: -_______________-
She looks sickly in the first picture, and so gorgeous in the second! I want the skin she naturally has
sunflower / 290 posts
To me this is not the same as white people tanning. White girls don’t try to get a tan because someone has convinced them that their natural pale skin can’t be beautiful, as evidenced by the lack of tanning in the winter (for most of them). Tanning, while still not healthy and reaching ridiculous levels in some groups, is just about getting that sun kissed/beach look that happens naturally when pale skinned people spend a lot of time outside.
something about this seems much more like feeling that there’s something wrong with dark skin than just trying to change up your look for the winter season
It’s just the opposite of self tanner or spray tanner, i see NOTHING wrong with it.
I personally wish everyone could just be happy with the way they were born pale skin or dark skin and everything in between. That goes for people who try to age better using surgery and creams. Instead of trying to market products to make people be more appealing why don’t we start accepting and celebrating the differences that make everyone unique.
@WaitingToShrug@xanga - Exactly what I was thinking. How is this any different from self-tanners?
Don’t “lightening” products usually contain some form of bleach???????!!!!
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