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Simche
Posted July 14, 2020 from Sierra Leone
MY SKIN COLOUR DOES NOT DEFINE ME
The dark skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of National Greatness
MY SKIN COLOUR DOES NOT DEFINE ME
MY SKIN COLOUR DOES NOT DEFINE ME: The dark skin is not a badge of shame but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness (1/1)

Women have allowed Society to dictate how we live, look and to an extent determine the choices we make. Around the globe, skin whitening is becoming more popular among women hoping to gain more likes on social media or be accepted by society who places higher prices on lighter complexions. Skin lightening has gone beyond women disliking their reflection in the mirror but different cultures have associated it with class, the lighter your skin the more opportunities you have to a good marriage, better education or better employment facility. It is now known that skin bleaching can lead to serious skin and health conditions which include: permanent skin bleaching, thinning of skin, uneven colour loss, leading to a blotchy appearance, redness and intense irritation, dark grey spots, skin cancer, acne, increase in appetite and weight gain.

Women are living in a society that is obsessed with perfection to an extent that they develop insecurities about their appearances, but it’s important to realize the disadvantages when those insecurities have gone too far. In my view, I somehow believe that men also contribute to the insecurities of women to a point, where they feel like changing their looks to meet the lustful taste of these men.

It is also no secret that most single and married men desire those flexible light-skinned ladies walking down the street and these men tend to lose focus when these ladies passed by.

It is a personal decision for both women and men to bleach their skin, however, I would like them to be able to access enough information to make up their minds safely on whether skin bleaching can really give them the lifestyle they want. Your complexion should never define how you are treated or your prospects in life. I am dark skinned but yet still happily married and blessed with two lovely children, I am also a graduate and a working class mum. I have resolved that neither the colour of my skin, nor my gender will limit me to fulfill my purpose here on earth.

Now, let us see how it make one feel who is not flattered for their dark skin toned or looked down on for their chubby body? Not ethical I guess! Black women also deserve to be reminded how beautiful and blessed dark-skinned people are. Let us celebrate the greater diversity of beauty by appreciating any black skin woman you know.

 

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maeann
Jul 14
Jul 14

Hi Simche, How are you?

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos :) You are a beautiful and amazing woman. And let's celebrate the diversity of beauty... I agree with this.

Anita Shrestha
Jul 15
Jul 15

Thank you for sharing

Hello, Simche,

What a beautiful woman you are! I love your photo. You exude confidence and your smile is contagious!

You nailed it, dear. Our skin color does not define who we are. I'm proud of you for wearing your dark skin loud and proud!

I'm curious about skin whitening in African countries. Is it a thing? Do Africans make themselves lighter like Korean kind of skin? I ask because that's the trend here in our country. Beauty is measures by how poreless, glowing, and light your skin is as modeled by Koreans. The 10-step Korean skincare is famous here. Also, dermatologists have a lot of clients on glutathione injections or intake. Imagine how much money is spend just to achieve that "perfect beauty".

I've written about this called There's Beauty in Our Differences on World Pulse. So let's celebrate our own version of beautiful which is not just physical but a holistic kind of beauty!

Thanks for sharing. Please keep on writing!

Beth Lacey
Jul 15
Jul 15

Your smile and face say it all. There is much more to you than skin color

Thelma obani 2020
Jul 16
Jul 16

You are soooo beautiful. Your smile is out of the world. Our skin colour should not define us. Keep winning and stay positive

Millynairi
Jul 16
Jul 16

Dear Simche,
You are fearfully and wonderfully made! I celebrate you!

Arem
Jul 17
Jul 17

Hi Simche,
Hope you and your family are well.
Love your post and pictures! You exude such joy and yes, nobody will limit your purpose here on earth!
I hope women embrace the colour of their skin and the curves on their body. We're all created beautifully. Let's keep empowering and encouraging one another.

Chi8629
Jul 17
Jul 17

Thank you for sharing beautiful.

otahelp
Aug 05
Aug 05

Waooh Simche you are wonderful. Your piece is a master piece. Truly we should not have limitation in any form whether by gender or complexion. Thank you for sharing. You are truly an Amazon. Trust you are staying safe

Kabahenda
Aug 09
Aug 09

Hello Simche,

"Black is beautiful," and you embody the beauty of black women! Your colour, your complexion, your confidence are all attributes that define black beauty.

It is indeed sad, that some women think that the lighter one is the better their chances of social acceptance, and whatever they think goes with that.

I encourage you to keep your beauty and to become a role model to other young women who have insecurities about their skins.

You could also point to the negative effects of bleaching one's skin and there are lots of information on this topic.
What defines you is not the complexion of your skin.
Every women is beautiful in their own way, and I applaud you for making this point loud and clear.
More power to you my dear sister.