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From the Campaign Dark is Beautiful: Model Natasha Sharma Sheds Color Bias for Dark-Skinned...

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.

“Model Behavior”: Brown Girl of the Month Natasha Sharma Pursues Humanitarian Work and Fashion...

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

4 Life Lessons I Learned While Traveling to Belize…Solo

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...
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Brown Girl Magazine Staffers Respond to Aziz Ansari’s Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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...

‘The Big Sick’ Misses the Mark in Capturing the Portrayal of South Asian Relationships

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...
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Combating Eurocentric Beauty Ideals: A Commentary on Kendall Jenner on Vogue India

It is outrageous that Vogue India would select Jenner to represent their magazine in honor of their 10th anniversary.
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Addressing South Asian Anti-Blackness: The Attacks on Africans in India

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...
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The Importance of Solidarity Between Muslims and Non-Muslim Brown Folks

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.

One Brown Girl’s Journey in Drowning out the Noise with WOW

We should love ourselves and not only that, we should love ourselves the way we are.
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How the ‘Model Minority Myth’ Hurts Us All: A Brown Girl’s Perspective

The “model minority” stereotype is one that is not explored nor scrutinized to the extent that it should be.
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Rising Above Anti-Blackness in the South Asian Community

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.
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Lil’ Kim’s Transformation is a Form of Systematic Oppression Affecting Women of Color Globally

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.
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#UnfairAndLovely Campaign Dares to Break Dark-Skin Stigma Around the World

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.

Wilbur Sargunaraj’s ‘Dark is Beautiful’ Video Paves Way to Change ‘Fairness’ of ‘Beauty’

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.
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Not Fair, Just Lovely: Growing Up as a Dark-Skinned Indian

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.
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Dark is Beautiful: An Ode to the Brown Girl

There comes a day where you will find yourself sitting on the floor thinking, “This is it, I’m done, and no more!” The moment that follows this, is when you look at yourself in the mirror and see yourself for who you are, a brown girl.

How Rachel Dolezal’s Scandal Brings Forth the Discussion of Transracial vs. Transcultural

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.

South Asian Women in the Law Program: The Gift of Mentorship

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.

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