Be it black money, black day, black cat…we associate black with bad and white with good. While white color is seen as good, pure and clear, black is considered evil, immoral or illegal. This old belief has followed us in the 21st century also.
In India today also people prefer fair bride. This discrimination is pouring whopping amount of money into the pockets of cosmetic companies that claim to lighten the complexion. “Beauty comes in all shape and size” This saying has failed to prove iteslf right in the practical life.
Be it a Bollywood song like “Goriyan Chura na mera jiya” or “Gore Gore Mukhde pe kaala kaala Chashma” or a general conversation where one says “Gori Chiti he woh” to describe the beauty of a girl. So does his mean that a girl who is little dusky or someone dark is ugly?
This mentality has nothing to do with education. Infact it is more in highly educated families as they have to show off their daughter-in- law. This horrible discrimination still manifest our country.
If you are fair, then it’s all good. But if your complexion is on a darker shade then you have to do a lot of makeup to look a little on a fairer shade. Why one is not supposed to be happy in their own skin. A self-proclaimed poet Aranya Johar is an Indian girl who posted a video “A Brown girl’s guide to video” with her wise words on this serious topic
She used a poetry to debunk the unfair standards of society on beauty. 18-year-old girl starts by saying that when she was 9 years old she used to slap her face with fairness cream.
Watch her poetic performance here
“The color of our skin dictates our beauty, and that’s not the only thing that’s unfair. When we brown girls revolt against our own reflections — every single time an Indian magazine puts a light-skinned girl on a cover, calling her brown — I ask my mother to get me haldi, yellow paste over yellow paste, because anything is better than brown, anything is better than dark.” she says in her poetic performance.
Her most powerful stanza -“It’s time we realize love comes in all shapes and shades. It’s time we loved all shapes and shades.”