2015 has taught me not to judge anyone, accept people as they are and you will not feel let down. One issue that did the rounds last year was the issue of bleaching. One would never understood why people bleach their skin to look lighter.
I do not believe that lighter means more beautiful, and also don’t have a preference. My belief is beauty comes in a variety of shades and colours. Most people bleach because they believe they look more beautiful or handsome. Is this really the case?
The need for dark-skinned women to bleach has lead to an increased demand for bleaching creams and oils, creating a booming industry in the process. There is an increasing promotion of skin-lightening products.
Lately we have seen the trend defended by some of our African celebrities. Some people argue bleaching is the same as using fake hair, it is a form of enhancing beauty. So I ask, what is wrong with our natural African pigmentation?
Check out out some famous before and after bleaching images as we have seen in the media, I must say the transformation is striking but as usual we balance the tables with possible side effects of bleaching.
Below are the images of our bleaching brothers and sisters.
Before and after bleaching
Vera Sidika is a kenyan socialite who is reputed to have spent US$170,000.00 on skin lightening treatment. She came under attack for revealing, she got the treatment in the UK.
Nasara, a former winner of Ghana’s Most Beautiful pageant, underwent her own transformation making her lighter. She famously told Ghanaians not to worry about her new identity as she owed no one reasons for bleaching her skin.
Sammy Sosa, the former Chicago Cubs slugger, seems to be sporting a completely new complexion if these images are anything to go by.
Her real name Reprudencia N. Sonkey is a Cameroonian Nigerian singer, model, actress, philanthropist and entrepreneur. She declared “white is pure” in defense of bleaching after being accused of encouraging people to change skin tone.
Jamaican Vybz Kartel is said to have lost a sizable number of his fan base after his bleaching saga back in 2010.
Nomasonto “Mshoza” Mnisi
Nomasonto the South African music star openly and un-apologetically acknowledges lightening her skin. She obviously looks several shades lighter.
Pela Tony Okiemute
Pela is a Nigerian who got a lot of media coverage when his before and afters flooded social media early in 2014. Tony believes skin care is a necessity and to him its a business, a way of making a living.
She definitely looks like a women of many shades
Bleaching Women of Senegal
Nigerian Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh before and after she became a large screen diva. Below is a video of her defending her glaring change of looks.
Social Media Confessor
This young man felt changing his skin will change how he is viewed, as the saying goes a man who believes he is ugly and one who believes he is handsome, both are usually right. The decision is yours, is bleaching a good or bad thing. He certainly looks better original, but then again I am probably biased. In my humble opinion this bleaching takes the biscuit if you ask me. peace.
It is all good until the side effects start kicking in. Want to know more about it follow the link, SIDE EFFECTS OF BLEACHING
Oh just an afterthought before I go, there is always that one, the special one who stays true to themselves and is proud of whom they are. Confident in their own skin, touche! You didn’t see this coming did you?
Lupita Amondi Nyong’o is a Mexican born -Kenyan actress and film director.