My complexion naturally cleared out somewhat as I graduated from faculty, and spent much less time attending college assemblies or travelling to varsity within the metro. It helped that I moved to London for my grasp’s diploma, and noticed no solar for 2 years straight. The yr I got here again to India, I heard loads of, “Arre wah, rang saaf ho gaya!” (Nice! Your complexion has cleared up!). It was a private achievement I had made no contribution in the direction of, and a praise that wasn’t one. Was I adequate now, although? Not fairly. As I excitedly dressed for a good friend’s marriage ceremony, two months in the past, my grandma requested me to alter into one other lehenga, as a result of the one I used to be sporting made me look darker.
So no. I do not suppose the surroundings round me has modified in any respect. It is 2020, and for some purpose, celebrities are nonetheless endorsing pores and skin lightening lotions. If Truthful & Pretty adverts are to be believed, I needs to be serially turned down for job interviews and marriage proposals, and usually haven’t any good befall me.
Fortunately, I’ve modified. The 26-year-old me is aware of higher than to weigh herself by the color of her pores and skin. I’ve additionally had mother and father and pals which have at all times hyped me up, and taught me to worth myself by my training, expertise, and persona. What number of ladies round me can rely themselves equally fortunate? Not too many.