A face which looks dark from outside, may be brighter from inside" - Pikky Speaks
Unfortunately, people often judge by their outward appearance without even trying to know the real person who is definitely way above the color, shape, size etc.
Quite often than not, a woman is judged by the color of her skin. It is very saddening to say that we still live in a society where the qualities and attribute a woman possess is overshadowed by her complexion. In a country where 90% people are dark/dusky it is sad that they have grown up with such an inferiority complex about it.
They say beauty comes from inside, beyond your fair skin. Then why is it that a dark colored person is always under the radar? We say that our country is progressing, then why is it that there are still a number of advertisements of fairness creams?
Entertainment Industry as an example
We all know that complexion is such a big thing in the showbiz and that is why a few prominent names in the industry also had to bear the brunt as they were constantly under scrutiny - thanks to their color.
"I was called the 'Ugly Duckling' of Hindi films because of my dark complexion and South Indian features. I used to feel deeply hurt when people compared me with the leading heroines of the time and said I was no match for them. I was determined to make it big on sheer merit. " - Rekha
"My skin is as complicated as I am. When I was growing up, I didn’t see anyone on television who looked like me. Initially, companies didn’t have colors that matched Asian or Indian skin. Because I’m darker, I had issues as a teenager— society pressure that a girl is prettier if she’s lighter. Pressure exists, and it’s on us to make those pressures not seem important to girls. I’ve achieved what I’ve achieved, and skin color has nothing to do with it. In fact, it might have been an asset. I like the color of my skin very much. It’s so primitive to me that people are judged on the basis of the color of their skin. I mean, it’s skin. We all have it.” - Priyanka Chopra
"Our youth and children must be encouraged to be comfortable in their skin and not hate it. Advertisements should promote 'beauty beyond color' rather than endorse the age old stereotypical belief that only fair is beautiful." -Nandita Das
These powerful women didn't let the criticism get the better of them, instead they showed the world that self belief, determination, passion, commitment and dedication is what takes you ahead and not your skin color or size for that matter. They always embraced their skin color and never let it come in between their dreams and aspirations. For them beauty was way beyond skin color and texture.
Raising independent and strong kids who are confident about themselves
If we really want to raise progressive kids then we should stop being judgmental about anybody's appearance. A person's color, size, shape, caste, origin does not determine the character of that person as it is something which is given by God. We should stop criticizing and start being more accepting cause indirectly we are instilling wrong values in our kids as well. If we are not confident about ourselves, how can we teach our kids to be confident. There will be opinions coming from all corners as we cannot stop them from coming, but what we can definitely do is filter what is relevant and what is not.
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