Why is dark complexion considered uglier than lighter?
In almost every minority the term "to dark" is considered an insult. Why?
Personally speaking I don't believe that is true everywhere.
People Magazine chose actress Lupita Nyong'o for their cover of the 50 most beautiful people in the world 2014. Denzel Washington was crowned by People Magazine as the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1996!
A lot of women go "ga ga" over Idris Elba, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, and Tyrese Gibson just to name a few dark skinned actors.
Who considers darker skin less attractive? I think a lot of people want what they don't have. Darker people lighten their skin. Fairer people tan. The secret is to be happy with yourself just as you are.
Not sure whether I agree with you atall on this one. Haven't you heard the expression, "Tall, dark and handsome." It a very common one and generally is the description given to very desirable eligible bachelors. All my life I've been short, fair, and pretty ordinary and never referred to in such a desirable way.
And what do you mean by complexion? I'm assumning you're not talking about racial colouring here. Jane Russell acted alongside Marilyn Monroe in a film many years ago and from what I deduce, although Marilyn was renowned all over the world as a glamour girl, Jane, who was pretty gorgeous, was also regarded as a very desirable woman. In the film, The Outlaw, Jane was the glamorous temptress that brought Billy the Kid undone. Jane was a brunette and of 'dark complexion.'
Personally, I think you're right off the mark with this one.
Sorry I don't agree either. I prefer a darker complexion and find it generally more attractive than white and pale, but each to his own I guess. Until we found out it was a real danger of getting skin cancer and melanoma everyone I know spent hours at the beach trying to get a darker tan. That has changed to some extent now, but still shows a lot of people preferred a tan. As Baserian says a lot of us want what we don't have.
In Europeanized/Westernized societies, the lighter the better. Blondes are still viewed in such societies as the beauty ideal. When Africans, Asians, and Natives were overtaken by Europeans, the light skin idea was severely implanted into their consciousness. People of color, regardless of whether they were African, Asian, Native, or Latino were taught that their skin color were inherently inferior to that of the European.
Transplanted Africans in the Americas learned this particularly well. The more Europeanized/lighter skinned, finer featured they were, the more beautiful and acceptable they were. Conversely, the darker, more Africoid, more ethnic featured they were, the uglier they were deemed. Even though slavery and colonization ended, this residual result of shadeism/colorism still remains to this day. Since blondeness/lightness is still considered the idea, there are darker skin people who bleach their skin and dye their hair in order to appear more lighter, hence acceptance to society.
Also blonde/lighter skinned women are seen as feminine while darker skinned women are viewed as masculine. There are Black men who view the former as the epitome of class/femininity while viewing the latter as totally unattractive, even ugly. The skin color issue is such an issue in the Black community where even medium brown skinned people DO NOT wish to be considered dark complexioned as that means that they are ugly and worthless because they were inculcated with the idea that light= right while dark =ugly.
by ngureco 10 months ago
I think everyone has there own preferences, You would think people prefer dark skin that's why they are out in the sun and at the tanning beds Always striving to look better, but not striving to be better people.
by Bellz23 12 months ago
Why do some dark skinned men only date light skin women?I'm a young lady and I consider my self brown skinned, but in the winters I get very light. I always find it intriguing when I'm approached by a dark skinned male who only dates lighter skin women, not only does he exclusively date the lighter...
by Grace Marguerite Williams 2 years ago
there is still the premise that lighter is better and more acceptable in American society. Lighter complected women whether Caucasian, Latina, Asian, or African-American are considered to be more beautiful than those with more ethnic features. This beauty obsession with lightness results in...
by Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago
Please, THIS Is Totally Getting- T-I-R-E-D!We Black women, especially those of us on the darker side of the color spectrum, have heard this inane remark repeatedly. In the documentary DARK GIRLS, women discuss how their darker complexions negatively impacted on them. One of...
by celebritie 6 years ago
Is Beyonce Bleaching Her Skin?she looks lighter
by fyxer 8 years ago
when people bleach their skin to took lighter or get a tan to look darker is it really about...their skin? or is it more about an emptiness from within.
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|