When I was in Zimbabwe I would often walk around town just to relax and kill time. During one of my afternoon strolls I was horrified to see a few stores still selling skin bleaching products. I couldn't fathom how in this day and age people would actually apply these products to go from dark to light skin. To be fair (pun intended) many African and Indian countries still continue to sell skin bleaching products.
I was absolutely intrigued by the story of kwaito star Mshoza who has undergone multiple plastic surgery operations and has embarked on the dangerous process of bleaching her skin. As you can see by the cover of the local South African magazine above the headline states "I was tired of being ugly" This is seemingly her reason for trying to to look "Christina Aguilera white". Her words, not mine.
|Mshoza before skin bleaching|
|Mshoza after skin bleaching|
In the most recent issue of Drum Magazine her husband spills the beans on their not so perfect union and claims that he has moved out and leaving her because of her lying and deceitful ways. He says he did not "marry a white woman" and contrary to Mshoza's earlier statement her businessman hubby does not agree with skin lightning procedures. In the article I also learned that she tried to commit suicide by taking a plethora of pills, to which her husband says "it was just a publicity stunt".
Now please excuse me while I pass judgement on this woman. Clearly she has psychological issues that need to be addressed. I blame the doctor who is giving the skin bleaching treatment to her and enabling this reckless behaviour. I understand that plastic surgery exists and that people have the right to change their appearances but this just seems over the top. When is it ever ok for a black person to say they want to look white? In my mind never! Black is beautiful.
What do you think? Is it ok to alter one's appearance by bleaching one's skin?