When in Rome: Nip, Tuck and Whiten as the Romans Do?

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Do you know where “de-racialization” lives?

It’s where vampires are considered sexy, and the go-to physical portrayal is pale skin and vivid red lips. Where lighter skin is always in.

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Black people have been at war with each other for generations over how skin color is perceived and valued socially. Rapper Yung Berg has been quoted as saying “I don’t date women darker than me”, and celebrities who date or marry interracially get flack (Seal and Heidi Klum come to mind.)

When I was younger, I wanted to be lighter skinned. In high school one of my nicknames was “Crispy”. People would tease me with tired jokes “Where’s Andre? Smile so we can see you!”. I made it a priority to stay out of the sun for exposed periods of time. While this is a good practice to prevent skin cancer, I did it so that I didn’t get any darker than I already was. Silly huh?

Anyways, when you have a good 47 minutes on your hands, check out this video (warning: NSFW “Not safe for work”). Oh and if you have a queasy stomach, you might wanna make sure you are not eating during the breast reduction segment.

The video features four subjects who are considering either surgery or other medical processes in order to look less ethnic and appear more Caucasian. One wants whiter skin, another wants to be taller. Once again, if you are at work or get sick easily, be careful as you watch this: it’s not pretty!

After watching this video, I found it interesting that Michael Jackson was credited for making the process of skin whitening popular in mainstream America.

And we have people like Chris Rock shedding light on how black women rarely go natural with their hair anymore (with his documentary “Good Hair”), and so on.

This subject made me think of  the “Sexiest Man Alive / Sexiest Woman Alive” awards that People Magazine gives out every year. Black people are never really represented. The only black winner on the list was Denzel Washington. Why is that?

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I’m one to always keep it real on here, reader so check it: they always say “be happy with who you are” and “true beauty” is on the inside… but do you really believe that? or do ugly people just say that?

You can’t help who you are, how you were born, and what you look like, but these days you can change it.

I want to hear from real men and women:

Men- What do you desire? What is your definition of beauty in a woman?

Women- Are you truly happy with how you look? Would you change anything about your physical self?

It’s like a rat race, all of this: skinny women want to be bigger, bigger women want to be skinny, short people want to be tall…so what the hell is ideal?

Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments!

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