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Africa: Where black is not really beautiful
BBC News ^ | Monday 31 December 2012 | Pumza Fihlani

Posted on 01/01/2013 4:59:34 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

Nomasonto Mnisi says her skin colour is "a self-esteem issue"

South Africa is marketed to the world as Mandela's rainbow nation, where everyone is proud of their race and heritage. But for some black South Africans there is such a thing as being too black.

A recent study by the University of Cape Town suggests that one woman in three in South Africa bleaches her skin. The reasons for this are as varied as the cultures in this country but most people say they use skin-lighteners because they want "white skin".

Local musician Nomasonto "Mshoza" Mnisi, now several shades lighter, says her new skin makes her feel more beautiful and confident.

She has been widely criticised in the local media and social networking sites for her appearance but the 30-year-old says skin-bleaching is a personal choice, no different from breast implants or a having nose job.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 01/01/2013 4:59:37 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Didn’t Michael Jackson bleach his skin too?


2 posted on 01/01/2013 5:04:13 PM PST by Ken522
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To: MinorityRepublican

So then is it true that ‘’Black is beautiful, Tan is grand but White is the color in the Boss man’s land’’?


3 posted on 01/01/2013 5:05:02 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Didn’t Michael Jackson make a similar reconstruction of himself?


4 posted on 01/01/2013 5:05:10 PM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

95% of the skin creams, lotions, facial scrubs, gels, in SE Asia have the adjective “whitening” prominently on the label.


5 posted on 01/01/2013 5:06:44 PM PST by expat1000
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To: MinorityRepublican

Looks like she’s had some eye, lips & nose “work” done, too. Didn’t MJ’s Dr get jailed, or is he over in Africa now?


6 posted on 01/01/2013 5:07:04 PM PST by carriage_hill ("I meant to say maggot, but I have a lisp.")
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To: MinorityRepublican
"she uses high-end products which are believed to be safer than the creams sold on the black market"

Black market?!?


7 posted on 01/01/2013 5:07:38 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: expat1000
That's right. Especially true in India. All over Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia there is nothing but specialty formulas for whitening.
8 posted on 01/01/2013 5:10:07 PM PST by Theoria
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To: MinorityRepublican

It seems as though a lot of the talking heads in sports bleach their skin as well. Just an observation from channel-flipping among the ESPN stations and NFL network. There’s really no need for it but TV personalities seem to be really insecure.


9 posted on 01/01/2013 5:10:28 PM PST by rabidralph (http://www.cafepress.com/westernwis)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I don’t know how, but somehow this is all the fault of the Tea Party in America.


10 posted on 01/01/2013 5:11:44 PM PST by Random Access
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To: MinorityRepublican

Money quote right here:

“I like white people. Black people are seen as dangerous; that’s why I don’t like being black. People treat me better now because I look like I’m white,” he adds.


11 posted on 01/01/2013 5:12:48 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: MinorityRepublican

There’s a hierarchy of shades in the black community here, too.


12 posted on 01/01/2013 5:15:40 PM PST by Argus
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To: MinorityRepublican

Many Asian and Latin American women carry umbrellas, to keep their skin from tanning.


13 posted on 01/01/2013 5:18:03 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: vladimir998

they are seen as dangerous because in general, they are more violent, and the doj crime stats support this.


14 posted on 01/01/2013 5:20:03 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: jmacusa

Its suppose to be but white is the color of the big boss man


15 posted on 01/01/2013 5:22:24 PM PST by winodog (Thank you Jesus for the calm in my life)
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As if any of us can choose our skin color. Asians, Japanese in particular are known to have surgery to round their eyes. Malcolm X wrote in his autobio about blacks in America going through a painful chemical process called ‘’conking’’, using lye, to straighten out their hair.


16 posted on 01/01/2013 5:29:18 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Black women bleach their skin, and white women go to tanning salons.

Vanity seems to cross all racial lines


17 posted on 01/01/2013 5:34:02 PM PST by PGR88
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>>That’s right. Especially true in India. All over Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia there is nothing but specialty formulas for whitening.

Yep - add Thailand to the list, and probably Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia as well as exactly the same products are often distributed in those countries (have multi-language labels).


18 posted on 01/01/2013 5:35:04 PM PST by expat1000
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I can’t speak to other peoples motivations, but Melasma and sun damage also explains the usage of lightening creams. Melasma usually occurs during pregnancy. It causes dark patches of skin to appear while other areas of the face remain lighter.


19 posted on 01/01/2013 5:40:12 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: MinorityRepublican

While her face is beautiful... and the kids are adorable..... being a person that ‘Shops’ pics... I definitely say, THAT is Photo-shopped...


20 posted on 01/01/2013 5:50:00 PM PST by Bikkuri (Hope for Conservative push in the next 2-4 years..........)
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