Skin complexes have been around for ages in the United States. This gigantic country has imposed their standards of beauty into other countries, popularizing the fact that whiter skin color represents a more attractive look than the black skin. This has its roots in the ancient bourgeois where white people represented wealth and success, and black people just merely “the help”. Of course we do not approve of this idea, as it is unacceptable in today’s society, but still, the repercussions of this idea have stayed with us ever since, as expressed by the following artists, who have bleached their skin in order to appeal more to the general law of beauty.
A Nigerian native, Dencia has developed a remarkable market for herself selling some polemic products: skin whitening ones. It has given her a fortune, and of course, some detractors that protest towards the message this sends.
Keri Hilson is notorious for having songs talking about womanhood and loving yourself as you are. So taking that into consideration, it is quite alarming why she appears to be bleaching her skin? Of course, she blamed makeup and lighting for it, but it is obvious. Keri has been accused of bleaching her skin for a lot of times. And if you look at these two pictures, it’s obvious that Keri bleached her skin. She look really lighter than 2-3 years ago.
The proof is obvious, Nicki Minaj lights her skin. With the passing of time, she seems to have turned suspiciously whiter, and this has attracted serious debate on the fact. She claims that makeup and lighting give this illusion, but we don’t believe her, frankly. I mean, come on, when you make it this noticeable you have, to tell the truth at least. Well, Nicki has a great voice and she’s very popular and talented, so she doesn’t really need to do this. But, it’s her decision of course.
Beyonce, a sign of womanhood, of loving yourself no matter what, of caring about yourself, has also bleached her skin. Shocking, we know. In her defense, it is not entirely true, as no one has confirmed it, but the evidence is obvious. The thing is, she has let down thousands of fans around the world with her contradictory actions that seemed to undermine the general message of her act: that everyone is beautiful. But let's be honest, Beyonce doesn’t need this. She knows how to turn heads. Beyonce is one of the most talented and beautiful woman and she’s a great mother and wife as well.
Rihanna is also believed to practice this process of skin whitening, although she has never tackled the subject directly. Some images that arose on the internet showed the apparent change in the color of the singer’s skin, which led to major speculation revolving this. But fans are sure that Rihanna is using skin-lightening cream and they aren’t happy about this. A star looked a totally dark skinned African woman before, but now she’s more caucasian in appearance. But it doesn’t affect her fame at all.
Sammy Sosa, former Chicago Club slugger also openly claims to whitening his skin. People started to believe it was due to some medical condition he had, but he soon said that remark was false, he is not suffering from any skin illness. Sammy said- ‘It's a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some,’ he said in a 2009 interview with ‘Primer Impacto,’ a program of the Univision Spanish Network. ‘It's a cream that I have, that I use to soften my skin, but has bleached me some. I'm not a racist, I live my life happily.’
Rapper Lil Kim has been scrutinized over in social media for allegedly whitening her skin through some process or hiding it in makeup. Whatever the case may be, fans are very concerned about it. In addition to this, she also presumed to have gotten a nose surgery. After her Instagram post everyone is talking that Lil Kim isn’t black anymore. She has made drastic changes to her skin. Lil Kim has always been insecure about her appearance and that’s why she decided to make such changes. She told once:’All my life men have told me I wasn’t pretty enough—even the men I was dating…It’s always been men putting me down just like my dad. To this day when someone says I’m cute, I can’t see it. I don’t see it no matter what anybody says. I have low self-esteem and I always have. Guys always cheated on me with women who were European-looking. You know, the long-hair type. Really beautiful women that left me thinking, ‘How I can I compete with that?’ Being a regular black girl wasn’t good enough.’
This process of whitening your skin can also make you look extremely bad as years goes by. Just look at the once beautiful love interest of Shawn in ‘Boy Meets World’. Her skin has gotten lighter, and she has suffered physically by this. Her response? ‘Just taking care of my body, soul, and mind’. Yeah, sure Trina McGee…Fans saw changes at once, but at first Trina denies these allegations.
Vera Sidika, following the same path as Dencia, has also affirmed of using whitening products for the skin. Sidika has been called the Kenya’s Kim Kardashian. But her claims were even more outrageous. She says she spent $170,000 on different creams. Finally, she even dropped some two big names who supposedly bleach their skin too. But Vera also underwent a bleaching procedure for a lighter skin and it was pretty expensive. A star spent tens of thousands of dollars to look like this.
Tamar is a singer-songwriter and reality TV personality, and a sister to Toni Braxton. Tamar claims to have the same medical condition that Michael Jackson had, which forced him to go all white. She says she has had it since she was a little kid, and that the reason she tans is to preserve your skin. What a curious tan she has made…Everyone saw changes she’s made because Tamar changed her appearance a lot. Fans were talking about plastic surgery as well. But a star says that she’s only using lightening products.