It derives from the logic that the TV and other media are so pervasive and all-powerful that they shape a significant amount of our views on the world, the different people in it, and ourselves. I was neither as fair as my mother, nor was I as dark as my father. I was somewhere in between — brown. And it did. What was inexplicable to me back then was that one of the boys who constantly used that insult on me had darker skin than I did. So what had made him deem it okay to call me kali when the same insult could be used back at him? It was how South Indians are represented in the media. We are supposed to be dark, and being dark is supposed to be deplorable. Every single Tamil character in a Hindi movie was a vile, stereotypical caricature — all of them speaking in a weird accent, wearing a lungi, the women all wearing jasmine in their hair. Tamil people were just background characters making the cut only for their comedic value or to fill some strange cultural quota that is definitely not benefiting them.
On the outside, India might be a country of homogeneously brown people, but on the inside, people fall within a broad color range — from dark brown to almost white. Unfortunately, this diversity in skin color has created a hierarchy of beauty — a hierarchy that tells you that the light-skinned people are the epitome of beauty, while the dark-skinned people fall at the bottom. I was unaware of this until I was in the sixth grade when I found out that my dark skin could put me in a tough spot and stunt my self-esteem. My light-skinned classmates ridiculed the color of my skin.
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The incessant casting of fair, North Indian or even European leading actresses has only reinforced the notion that in order for a Tamil woman to be deemed beautiful and worthy, she must have light skin. What an expectation for a generally darker skinned race, eh? Needless to say, this mindset has detrimentally affected many girls who grow up watching these films. To make matters worse, there are some men that unashamedly ask for "fair brides".
If you saw the world through my eyes, then you would believe as I do that Beauty comes in every size, shape, color, creed, gender, and shade of skin. I believe the inner-spirit and character of a person are far more important than what someone looks like on the outside. But I also believe that there are no restrictions to what makes someone "beautiful" on the outside. As an American-born Indian woman and a dark-skinned woman at that I have spent my entire life hearing about how "Fair is Beautiful. I have witnessed my fellow Indian youth stare in the mirror over the years and dislike the face staring back, because they too have begun to judge their own beauty and self-worth by the shade of their skin. Skin colour bias exists in every community, but I am especially concerned with the way it permeates my South Asian community. And, I have an even more intimate understanding of this issue as an Actress in Hollywood. It began many years ago, when I was in consideration for the lead role on a film being produced by a major Hollywood television network.