Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all
So its been a while since the wedding season began, but the glam, the entertaining functions, the scrumptious food they all excite me even today. :-) Just recently I met an aunty at a wedding, and she was telling me how hard a time she is having looking for a suitable girl for her son. Curiously I asked her what kind of girl they were looking for, "Oh she should be fair, beautiful, slim and a homely girl," spat came her reply... " All the best" was the best reply I could give..
Next day as I was browsing through the newspaper what was staring me right in the face was a half page add of a well known fairness cream with a picture of girl who must be fair by birth and must have not used the cream at all.....
Thats when it struck me, we are all being deluded that fairness is synonymous to being beautiful !!! Be it on Tv, radio, print media or huge hoardings, all of these seem to scream out loud that you can become fair in few days and suddenly grab attention of those around you.
Wasnt it enough that all the females were already under the pressure to look fairer and beautiful, that the male gender also decided to join the rat race towards the white glow? The market is today flooded with fairness creams for men even. So now if the boy isnt fair, he is not going to get a decent partner....is it what the young brigade thinks? The add on tv, where a famous actor suggests a fairness cream to a guy so that he is transformed into a handsome guy, Seriously????? Give me a break!!!!!!!!.Specially when the actor himself is not what you would literally call fair, and has got his stardom despite being dusky...Why are you fooling us then Mr.Actor...
It worries and terrifies me that even in todays day and age, when we call ourselves the young and progressive India, the things we are are trying to portray are certainly not something I would be proud of.
Ours us such a diverse nation, not just in terms of culture but also in skin colors, and thats something we should ideally always celebrate..
There are so many, celebrities who are dusky/dark and yet have accomplished so much in life. ( Priyanka Chopra, Ajay Devgan, Sushmita Sen, Shah Ruk Khan to name a few )Our Indian skin tone is so much in demand that people abroad pay money to get treatments done for such skin tones. Then why are we Indians still running after this concept of " gora hona matlab khubsurat hona " Complete nonsense Id say !!!
A couple of days ago, I read something written by Nandita Das, " Stay Unfair, Stay beautiful" & I completely agree with her.
Given an opportunity, I would love to see a ban on these products, which are encouraging people not to love who they naturally are. Taking care of ones skin is something important but to change what has been given to naturally is like cheating yourself !!!
Next time you look in that mirror of yours be proud of who you are and how you look. I know im no SNOWWHITE, but I know despite being dusky I love myself and so should you !