Posts tagged "skin lightening"

The Soapbox: The Real Problem With Skin Lightening Cosmetics

Whitenicious, a cosmetics line created by California-based, Nigerian-Cameroonian pop star Dencia touts its ability to help customers even out their skin and get rid of discoloration. The product is essentially a skin bleaching cream in a golden jar, sold for $150 a pop-- well, at least that is what…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / January 22, 2014

Did Vanity Fair Lighten “12 Years A Slave” Star Lupita Nyong’o’s Skin?

Vanity Fair has been accused of lightening "12 Years A Slave" actress Lupita Nyong'o's skin in photos (left). The skin color difference is drastically different! I find it hard to believe her skin just looks a lot lighter from the flash or lighting. [Clutch Magazine] A Detroit man has plead not guilty…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 16, 2014

Miss America Nina Davuluri: Too Indian For America, Too Dark For India?

Who could blame you if on Sunday night, after Miss America was crowned, you wanted to quit America for a little bit — or at least Twitter? Nina Davuluri, an aspiring med student, performed a Bollywood dance, charmed the judges' hearts, and took home the coveted, glitzy Miss America crown. She also poked the bear…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 17, 2013

Beyoncé’s Album Promo Photos Are Unrecognizable

The rampant white-washing of models, actresses, and musicians of color is not a new concept. Freida Pinto, Rihanna, and Aishwarya Rai have all previously fallen victim to white-washing on magazine covers and in promotional images. Beyoncé's skin was lightened dramatically in a 2008 cosmetics ad by L'Oreal, where she is the spokesperson. These…
By: Rachel Krause / January 18, 2012

Vaseline Launches A Skin-Lightening Facebook App In India

Vaseline has launched a Facebook app in India that allows users to lighten or whiten their skin tone in their profile photos. The app promotes Vaseline's skin-lightening creams for men and feature Bollywood actor Shahid Kapur, whose face is spliced in two, half dark, half light. When downloading the app,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 14, 2010

Did Sammy Sosa Bleach His Skin?

New photos of Sammy Sosa attending an awards event in Las Vegas hit the web over the weekend, and the former baseball slugger looked quite different, to say the least. His skin appeared to be several jarring shades lighter, causing some to speculate that he had bleached his skin like Michael Jackson was rumored…
By: Annika Harris / November 9, 2009

L’Oreal Lightens Up Freida Pinto

We were psyched to learn that L'Oreal hired "Slumdog Millionaire"'s Freida Pinto as its latest spokesperson. This is the first shot from the upcoming ad campaign. She looks ... lighter. L'Oreal, have you learned nothing from the Beyonce debacle? [via Daily Mail U.K.] Update: L'Oreal sent us this statement: "L'Oréal Paris i…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 13, 2009

L’Oreal Denies Lightening Beyonce’s Skin

Yesterday, we reported the controversy surrounding L'Oreal Paris' latest Feria hair color ad featuring spokesperson Beyonce with lighter skin and a pointier nose. The ad, which is in the Sept. issues of Essence, Elle and Allure, created a stir among celebrity bloggers who definitely noticed a change in Beyonce's appearance. As expected, L'Oreal…
By: Annika Harris / August 8, 2008