Bollywood Divas Who Reportedly Underwent Skin Lightening Treatment: Bipasha Basu To Deepika Padukone

Here are some Bollywood actresses, who reportedly underwent skin lighting treatment to fit in the norms of ideal beauty.


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Bollywood Divas Who Reportedly Underwent Skin Lightening Treatment: Bipasha Basu To Deepika Padukone

There has always been a lot of noise around fairer skin, especially in India, a country which is obsessed with fair skin. Television commercials about skin whitening creams and facemasks have made the stereotype around fairer skin more prominent. However, this prejudice as fair-skinned is considered ideal for setting beauty standards. The competition is much higher in the glamour world.

Many fair-skinned models and actresses have achieved more success and stardom in the industry. Exceptions are always there, but the misconception that darker-skinned women are less desirable has existed in the country for many years. This is especially true for Bollywood actresses, who go to any length to get a fairer-looking skin. Let us look at some B-town beauties, who reportedly underwent skin lighting treatments to get fair and glowing skin.

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#1. Kajol underwent skin-lightening treatment after taking a sabbatical


Kajol is one of the finest actresses in Bollywood, who is hailed for her effortless acting. The Bengali beauty flaunted her dusky skin tone during the initial phase of her career. However, over time, Kajol’s skin tone turned lighter.


As per multiple reports, the actress underwent skin melanin surgery, which lowers the concentration of melanin on the skin with the help of chemical compounds. If we compare Kajol’s earlier pictures, then the results are clearly visible.

#2. Priyanka Chopra underwent treatments to get a lighter skin tone


The global sensation, Priyanka Chopra is another celebrity, who reportedly underwent skin-lightening treatments. If we compare pictures from Priyanka’s Miss World days, it is evident that she underwent some skin-lightening treatment for fairer skin.

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Priyanka was also the face of skin-whitening creams like Garnier and Ponds. However, in her memoir, Unfinished, the actress expressed her regret over promoting skin-lightening creams. She also revealed how she used to lighten her skin with talcum powder.

#3. Shilpa Shetty got a complexion correction post-motherhood


Shilpa Shetty has created a name for herself in the industry with her hard work. She is a fitness freak, who takes good care of her body and skin. When Shilpa’s sister, Shamita Shetty, made her Bollywood debut, Shilpa revealed how insecure the latter was of her sister as she looked more beautiful. As per Shilpa, she underwent an insecurity phase because of her dark complexion, whereas Shamita was fairer.


Over the years, there have been murmurs about Shilpa getting her complexion corrected as she stayed away from the limelight and appeared fairer. However, the actress dismissed the rumours and called it her pregnancy glow.

#4. Deepika Padukone ditched her honey-hue skin and underwent skin-lightening


Deepika Padukone is an inspiration to millions. The diva is one of the most bankable actresses in Hindi cinema and is hailed for her versatile acting. Deepika has often come under the limelight for her skin tone. In the initial phase of her career, Deepika was loved for her sharp features and sun-kissed skin tone. Be it her modelling days or her debut in Om Shanti Om, Deepika always flaunted her honey-hue skin.


However, over the years, the actress looked completely different. Her latest pictures show her significantly lighter skin tone. It is often reported that Deepika underwent skin whitening surgeries and treatments, making her skin a couple of shades lighter.

#5. Rekha transformed herself from dusky to lighter skin tone


Veteran actress Rekha is the epitome of graceful greying. When Rekha made her acting debut in the South Indian film industry, she received a lot of criticism for her dusky skin and plump body. When she made her first Hindi film, the negativity grew further, and the actress was given roles in B-grade films because of her looks.

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At a movie premiere, Shashi Kapoor had said about Rekha, “How is this dark, plump and gauche actress ever going to make it?” Once, in an interview, Rekha herself stated that she was called the ugly duckling of Hindi films. However, the actress transformed tremendously by quitting junk food and only eating popcorn. Gossip mills also have that Rekha went through skin-lightening treatment too.

#6. Sridevi corrected her skin tone with cosmetic surgeries


The sensational actress of the 80s, Sridevi's beauty has always been a subject of discussion in the media. She started her career at a very young age. However, over the years, the actress garnered a lot of spotlight for her appearance.


From a sleek nose to a fairer skin tone, it was reported that Sridevi underwent many cosmetic procedures to correct her facial features. From a dark chubby actress in Solva Sawan to a glamorous diva in Chandni, Sridevi’s transformation is quite evident.

#7. Bipasha Basu underwent skin bleaching to get a fairer complexion


When the Bong beauty made her Bollywood debut in the film, Ajnabee, people loved her for flaunting her dusky skin. Bipasha, who was voted the sexiest woman in Asia for the years 2005 and 2007, was often quoted as being proud of her dark skin tone.


However, her recent pictures completely differ from what this stunning actress used to look like in the initial years of her career. Though she is not white, her skin tone is a few shades lighter than what it used to be. It is often reported that the Bong bombshell underwent skin bleaching to get fairer skin.

Beauty is never colour-bound. However, it seems like these B-town divas corrected their skin tone to fit in with societal norms and look more desirable to their fans. What do you think about the obsession over fair skin? Let us know.

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