By Jasleen Kaur Last Updated:
While the Europeans spend an insane amount of time and money in going for fake tan to achieve a dusky-dark look, we Indians cannot get over our age-long lust to get fairer.
All we can say is, “The skin is always fairer on the other side.” Haven't we all heard of the matrimonial ads that talk about "looking for a fair, homely girl"? Fair skin, no doubt, is an obsession that Indians hold close to their hearts. This is especially true when you see our Bollywood actresses, who are ready to go to any length to get a fairer-looking skin.
If you don’t believe us, then we have compiled a list of B-town divas who have undergone the skin lightening treatment (even the ones you didn’t expect). Take a look, and you will see a substantially visible proof to justify why they are on our list.
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Kajol has always been known for being a bold Bong beauty, who carried off her dusky complexion with attitude and ease. But, so we thought, as she decided to get rid of her dusky look, and tag. She underwent skin melanin surgery which lowers the concentration of melanin on skin with the help of chemical compounds.
The results are so clearly visible that there are no doubts in the media's speculations about it, everyone is pretty sure of it.
Kajol recenly posted following picture (right) on her instagram account. She is indeed looking stunningly gorgeous. We just have one questions for her, how do you manage to look more beautiful with each passing year?
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Among the many surgeries and treatments she has undergone, skin lightening treatment is one of them. Compare her recent images to those of her Miss World days, and it is clear that she is a fairer reflection of her former self.
It is rumoured that she underwent the treatment sometime in the past four years.
She has been in the limelight for quite some time in spite of remaining aloof from acting. Recently, rumours surround her of having undergone skin lightening treatment, but she has dismissed them casually, calling it her pregnancy glow.
Well, we never really knew that pregnancy glow can change your skin colour this extent (and permanently), or can it?
Named the confident ‘Dusky Beauty’ of Bollywood, she was voted one of the sexiest woman in Asia for the year 2005 and 2007. She was always quoted as saying “I am dark-skinned and am proud of it”. However, hypocrisy slipped out of her nature forced by pity taunts and hurtful comments, and she finally gave in.
Sometime in the recent past the actress decided to undergo skin bleaching, and a source close to her confirms of media speculations surrounding her.
If you thought it is only the younger lot that is moving towards this skin lightning trend, then you are certainly wrong. Take a look at Sridevi in her Tamil films, or any of those from her earlier days, and compare them with any photo from her Hindi film career, and you shall see the stark difference.
Sridevi and Rekha are two yesteryear actresses, who have underwent drastic changes, as their film careers evolved.
Yes, the now 'fairer than thou' diva was at one time a dusky beauty. But, if one cannot question the younger lot for giving into the obsession of fairer skin, then do you think one should be questioning Sridevi or Rekha?
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Maybe these on-screen divas just could not hold their forts when it came to standing against the society's obsession for fair skin. However, all we hope for, is that others, especially the younger lot, sets an example and stands tall for how they look, rather than how they are looked at.
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