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Black is Beautiful

Updated on May 19, 2020
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An author of the book Aggregate50 is an avid reader who ereader reading non-fiction books, especially those about self-improvement.


We, humans, are never satisfied with anything.

Many of us believe in what our society makes us believe.

This is the society that decides and labels a darker complexion means it's "ugly" and fair skin means "beautiful".

But what is the reality?

I have seen many who are obsessed with fair skin. They are blindly applying false claiming cosmetic creams, chemical peels, and many people are even going for laser treatments also. They are not limiting themselves to any extent to challenge God's own creation. Today, the color bias seems to be reinforced by advertisements that continuously equate fair skin with not just beauty, but also happiness.

This has brought into the world a multi-billion dollar industry called the cosmetic industry. This industry has dominated our society by capturing our thought processes. It's a dangerous cultural obsession that the industry is trying to plant in our minds. These traps are inescapable.

I cannot run away from who I am and my complexion or the larger society, and how they may view that.” ― Lupita Nyong

People are not stopping thereby applying fair creams only many are going further through an intrusive procedure like skin bleaching, gulping brightening pills, taking intravenous injections without realizing that they are playing with their own health. All these procedures are having varying problems and health risks.

Now the question arises, Is it necessary?


If you will ask me the same question then my answer will come out as "No".

Why should I allow someone else to judge me by my complexion?

Moreover, there are many examples in the world that are changing the age-old beauty concept.

Black models are taking the fashion industry by storm.

These brave hearts never allowed their skin to overtook their talent and limit themselves from fetching their goals.

Supermodel like Beverly Johnson – first African-American to grace the covers of American Vogue (August 1974 issue) and French Elle (1975, redefined the beauty concept. Naomi Elaine Campbell is a famous model who is also an actress and businesswoman. Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. Nandita Das is an Indian actor and director. And the list goes on.


How To Build Self Confidence

  • It's not your skin but your mind that is convincing you that you are not good enough to do anything. So shut your negative speaking mind by saying," Nothing can hold me back from reaching my goals ".
  • Be comfortable in your skin. Never waste your time in becoming someone who you are not, rather just embrace and love yourself, learn new things, and take your own responsibility.
  • Carry the confidence, not the complexion. How you treat yourself is exactly what you should expect in return. The day you start believing you are pretty, people will follow suit. Beauty comes from within.
  • The spark is within you not on your outer skin. It's your talent, knowledge, and hard work that speaks louder than your skin. Hone your skills and lead the way.
  • Never allow anyone to bring down your morals. Don't give them the key to your happiness. Things are always there in our hands. Only thing is to identify your strength area. Never allow anyone to define your skin color as your weakness.
  • Ignore judgemental people.No matter what they will judge and criticize you. Don't take them personally.
  • Surround yourself with like-minded positive attitude people.
  • Speak your mind in front of your close friends and family.


Everyone is different and unique in their own way. Embrace them as they are. Appearance fades away with the passage of time what remains intact is the beauty of the soul.

© 2020 Suchismita Pradhan


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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Great article and well made points.

      The real beauty lies, not in the skin colour. I believe, the perception of people is changing. People like intelligent, self confident people, and judge them by their talent, and not by the looks.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      2 days ago from Kolkata, India

      It is really disappointing to know that how skin color can be a factor to determine the beauty of a person. Living in the 21st century and thinking about our new home in Mars, I wonder how skin color can be an issue to be worry about.

      People are not responsible for their looks (natural) but should boast their inner beauty (love, positivity, honesty, kindness, and other).

      It is high time those who are obsessed with lighter tone of skin color should change their views and respect a person for who they are. Tall, short, fair, black are irrelevant, rather genuinety, honesty, and other qualities are of paramount importance.

      Thank you for sharing such an important article.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      3 days ago from South India

      Your article has thrown light on the innate beauty and values of a person beyond the skin complexions, Ms Suchismita. It is true that the celluloid and the related culture is behind the beauty of external appearance and the acting power of individuals. Those are all temporary and will reveal actual colour when hardships arise. Even, human behaviour is funny, as seen by the tanning exposures for health and application of makeups for glamour. The common public actually does not have time to bother and waste on these complicated things, right?

    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      3 days ago from India

      Thank you Mr.Nitin for your comment.Iam glad you liked it.Many people are not understanding this concept.Thats the problem.

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      Nitin Khaire 

      3 days ago from Mumbai

      Nice article Suchi. It is important to accept yourself just as you are. Black, white, yellow, brown, red, and any other shade is beautiful.

      We should not try to be like anyone else and enjoy our own uniqueness.

      Real beauty is internal, not external.

      Thank you for the great article.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 days ago from England

      I can never understand why people hate because of skin color. The reason why skin is darker or lighter is purely because of the melanin in the skin caused by sunlight. Confidence comes from inside, you should always be happy and proud the way you look.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      4 days ago from India

      Hey Eric,Your thoughts are really different and unique from many.People like you who are really satisfied and joyful are one in a million.Most of us are unsatisfied of everything.We keep on chasing our dreams with a fake believe that we will get satisfied after achieving it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Your first line threw me for a loop. I am human and I am not only satisfied but really joyful of most in life. My wife insists she is yellow. A funny term for a very white complexion person. But it drives home the point. People can see themselves as victims if the choose.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A meaningful hub on this title. Self confidence makes one feel good about themselves.

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      John Hansen 

      4 days ago from Queensland Australia

      People's concepts of beauty and what is attractive often is determined by the country or location people live. I know that many Asian countries especially have the opinion that fair skin is beautiful. Here in Australia people spend hours at the beach, or using fake tanning lotion to attempt to make their skin a golden brown.

      Many associate a tanned skin with health and vitality, and part of being a true Australian.

      So, I guess people tend to desire that which is different to the norm they are used to or born with. It isn't just skin colour either, people with naturally curly hair try to straighten it, those with straight hair want desire curls. Nice article.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      4 days ago from India

      Thank you Mr.Singh for your comment.I agree with your statement,but what I believe is change is a long term process.Things will change in long run.

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      MG Singh 

      4 days ago from Singapore

      Nice article. I am all for black is beautiful but in reality, in India, it's not so. Look at the matrimonial Ads there js not a single ad asking for a dark girl; all want fair complexion!!. Then in Tamilnadu, more "fair and lovely"cream is sold than Coca-Cola. Who will change that concept?. Even Indian scriptures extoll the virtue of fairness while describing princesses.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      4 days ago from Corona, CA

      Conversely, as a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, white boy I have been made to feel that I am inferior based on skin color, race, eye color and all sorts of other things I cannot control. I'll never understand people's desire to turn uncontrollable, beautiful facets of life into tools of cruelty and calls for unfair and unhealthy change.

      Black, white, orange, purple, yellow, pink... natural beauty is true beauty, and even more beautiful is accepting your natural beauty rather than trying to hide it!

      We need more love in the world, and this article does that sentiment justice!

    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      5 days ago from India

      Thanks Vikram for your comment.Iam glad that you liked my article.

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      Vikram Brahma 

      5 days ago from Assam, India

      Hey Suchismita nice article. I liked the how to build self-confidence part. Few days back I saw some videos made by an Indian living in Russia. And it showed that Russia people like brown skin a lot. But yes, what you have wrote is true, the billion-dollar industry is out there and they are selling cosmetics by using big dreams. Thanks for writing such an article.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      5 days ago from India

      Thank you Mr.Scull.Hope you are doing well.Stay safe.

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      JC Scull 

      5 days ago from Gainesville, Florida

      Good article!


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