Colour does not define beauty
Does colour define beauty? Not at all. It is our society that always stereotypes people based on their colour. And sadly, it is women who predominantly fall prey to such discriminations.
Colour was not associated with beauty in the ancient times. References can even be found in the epics. It is believed that Draupadi, the wife of Pancha Pandavas in Mahabharata was also known as Krishnaa which means dark skinned. Though she was dark complexioned she is believed to be the most beautiful woman of those times.
Most often when we look in the matrimonial section of newspapers, the advertisements read – “ Need fair, well educated girl from an affluent family ….”. And surprisingly it’s the educated people who post such advertisements. It is also not very uncommon to see parents of dark and dusky girls of marriageable age finding it difficult to find prospective grooms. There is in fact a myth that drinking milk infused with saffron during pregnancy can improve the colour of the baby’s skin. This in my opinion is the height of obsession.
Fairness cream products in India are estimated to be worth five thousand crores. And this does not just include bleach, face washes, masks and other products promising to make one fair. Some women go to the extent of clinically reducing their melanin content in order to have a lighter shade of skin colour. And many others are obsessed and go to the extremes of photoshopping their pictures using apps in order to falsely project themselves as fair skinned.
Recently I was shocked to discover my own friend’s daughter who is smart and extremely good in academics being obsessed with lightening her skin by resorting to expensive cosmetic procedures. She in fact is very beautiful in her original skin tone. Though I did not want to question about her choices and preferences, I was deeply saddened by her decision. I wondered if it was due to peer pressure or a wrong notion infused by people around her.
While on one hand some people are trying to look fairer there are few others who try and get a tan in order to look dusky. In today’s world while we talk about a world that strives to eliminate discrimination based on religion, caste, creed, gender or status let us also stop being obsessed about the colour of the skin.
It’s time we learn to embrace whatever has been bestowed upon us and focus on the inner beauty that is more important. As a famous proverb goes “Beauty is only skin deep.”