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Skin Whitening

Skin Whitening: Independence From Racial Pigeonholing

Jeremy Bamidele | Posted 06.27.2015 | Black Voices
Jeremy Bamidele

As whiteness increases, the externally-imposed restrictions on one's identity decreases. It is this ability to be seen for one's identity as opposed to their race that minorities seek to attain when they engage in skin whitening.

Inside The Controversial Skin-Bleaching Phenomenon

OWN | Posted 01.20.2015 | OWN

With names like "Skin So White," "White Perfect," and "White and Lovely," skin bleaching creams are becoming a popular -- and controversial -- part of...

Dear Nora Aunor, Greatest Filipina Actress, Brown and Beautiful

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 08.24.2014 | Women
Bino A. Realuyo

Philippine cinema today is a city of bleached-brown faces and light-skinned faces that magically don't tan in the tropical sun. Manilawood is a city...

Skin Whitening Injections Gain Popularity Among Kenya's Elite

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.31.2014 | Black Voices

Controversy has always surrounded the practice of skin-lightening, but not enough to hinder its popularity in various communities around the world. ...

Miss America and the Indian Beauty Myth

Asha Rangappa | Posted 11.17.2013 | Women
Asha Rangappa

The pushback is heartening and well-intentioned, but misses what ought to be the real shame target: India. After all, despite being a country of almost a billion people, India has left it to America to crown the first Indian beauty queen who looks... well, Indian.

Why Women In Thailand Are Embracing 'Feminine Bleaching' Products

Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.25.2012 | Women

Grooming is time-consuming and expensive for lots of women -- how do we withstand (or afford) the combination of plucking, tweezing, threading, shavin...

Vagina 'Brightening'?

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 06.11.2012 | World

An Indian TV advertisement for a skin-whitening shower gel has sparked controversy for suggesting that a fairer vagina is more attractive to men. ...

These Women are Whitening WHAT?

Dan Morrison | Posted 06.12.2012 | Women
Dan Morrison

In a new ad that I have been assured is not a parody, an attractive young bride lacks confidence around her husband because her vagina is too dark and vagina-like.

Beauty and the Bleach

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mama Apiyo's stall in the Nairobi marketplace is a wealth of beauty secrets. There are balms for styling hair and make-up to cover blemishes. Then, ...

Asia's Obsession With White Skin

GlobalPost | Philip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Walking along a rushing stream in Hsinchu, Hilda Chu balanced an umbrella in one hand and textbooks in the other. Her skin was ghos...

Skin Whitening in the Age of Barack Obama, Part One

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phillip Martin

Skin whitening is a world-wide phenomenon that is becoming ever more popular as people in developing nations become more flush with cash.