Friday, January 14, 2011

Elle's White Christmas

There's a great petition going around asking the magazine Elle to apologize for clearly making actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan look whiter than she is.  Seeing the cover, I was shocked just how white she looked.  If I wasn't familiar with her work (I saw her in Bride and Prejudice), I might have mistakenly assumed she was white.
This is not to say that Ms. Rai Bachchan is the only one this has happened to.  I notice that Beyonce always looks almost white, and while riding the subway yesterday evening I noted that the promo poster for the U.S. version of Skins has the actors and actresses, who come from a surprisingly large racial mix, look almost all white or at least light.
The other sad thing to consider is that the actors and actresses of color who do tend to "make it" are lighter.  I so rarely see someone darker on tv or in the movies.


  1. What a load of rubbish - White people have been changing their skin color for the darker for centuries- Who really cares if brown women or their managers have them bleached - no difference to a tanning bed -- Surely !

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  3. While it may be true that white people change their skin color, they do not do so because they are trying to pass as another race; their political status does not change with a change in color of skin. People of color are compelled to appear white in an attempt to avoid the kind of racial stereotypes and second-class citizenship they are unfortunately saddled with.