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For a long time, I was under the impression that a “fair and lovely” complexion was only desired by South Asians. My research and life experiences have opened my eyes to the fact that many communities around the world are impacted by this issue. This is the very reason I was so thrilled when I came across the Dark is Beautiful Facebook page last year. It is extremely refreshing to see a campaign which celebrates the beauty of all skin tones.
While there are many beautiful things about my culture, something that has always upset me is the preference for light skin over dark skin. This color complex is evident everywhere from dinner parties to Bollywood films. As a mocha-skinned Indian girl
by Natasha Sharma Follow @BrownGirlMag In late December of 2017, I embarked on one of the most memorable journeys of my life. Earlier in the year, I thought about traveling somewhere during...
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the contributors at Brown Girl Magazine but do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the publication. As...
As I walked out of the theater after watching Kumail Nanjiani’s “The Big Sick,” a myriad of thoughts ran through my head. Let me begin by stating that I feel that there are positive aspects of this film...
It is outrageous that Vogue India would select Jenner to represent their magazine in honor of their 10th anniversary.
by BG Staff - Follow @browngirlmag This post is an installment of Brown Girl Magazine's "Chai & Chat" series, where our writers has a round table discussion on current topics affecting...
It is no secret that since the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims have been systematically targeted in America.
We should love ourselves and not only that, we should love ourselves the way we are.
The “model minority” stereotype is one that is not explored nor scrutinized to the extent that it should be.
If there is a time to address anti-blackness, it is now. Deep-rooted institutional racism remains rampant in our country and continues to impact minorities at multiple levels.
Like everyone else, I too was shocked to see rapper Lil' Kim’s recent series of Instagram photos. She looked unrecognizable with white skin, blonde hair, and altered facial features—completely different from the Lil’ Kim we've watched since childhood.
No matter your age, size, gender or background, South Asians are told to stay away from the sun as to not become darker. Time and time again, young brown girls are asked to lighten the tone of their skin as if it were erasable. But three students from the University of Texas have had enough of the notion 'dark is not beautiful,' so they began the campaign #UnfairAndLovely.
This video by Wilbur Sarguranaj is so refreshing. The goofy acting and barebones production lend humor and realism to a sensitive, and sometimes painful, topic.
My family isn't “racist,” but when it comes to describing someone’s beauty or comparing physical appearances, they discriminate—not based on preferences, but because fair equals beauty.
The Rachel Dolezal incident has brought to light pertinent issues related to race, privilege, and identity. People around the world are in shock that a White woman could carry on such an extended and intricate façade as a biracial Black woman for so many years.
This was something I thought I could have genuinely benefited from –the opportunity to connect and be mentored by someone who may be familiar with my cultural background, pressures, and occasional feelings of disconnectedness trying to belong and seamlessly blend my dual identities at work as both Canadian and Indian.