Light skin, dark skin

It makes me sad to think that my culture and mainstream society still sees light skin as attractive and dark skin as inferior and something that needs fixing - BBC BROADCASTER TINA DAHELEY

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Tina Daheley in an all-white outfit. R: Tina making her debut at BBC News at Ten

“To think I never used to wear white out of fear it made me look dark. I love the skin I’m in now, but it makes me sad to think that my culture and mainstream society still sees light skin as attractive and dark skin as inferior and something that needs fixing. Dark and proud 🙌🏾

BBC newsreader Tina Daheley tweeted the above accompanied by a photo of her in a white dress, a day before she debuts at BBC News Ten.

This is the same 37 year-old broadcaster and journalist who on 4 June shared an article on whether ‘light-skinned black celebs have it easier’, accompanied by a one liner: “As someone of Asian heritage with dark skin I can tell you that light-skin privilege is REAL.”

In an article the next day, The Daily Telegraph reported that the BBC newsreader had claimed Asian or black women are more likely to get ahead if they have lighter skin.

Tina is daughter of first-generation immigrant parents. She is a child of a mother and father of Indian parentage, who themselves grew up in Nairobi and Tanzania, the newspaper reported.

The BBC article shared by Tina explored whether black women with lighter skin were more likely to succeed because of ‘colourism’ in the music and film industry. It comes after Matthew Knowles, singer Beyonce’s father, said the music world was prejudiced against black singers with darker skin. Asked whether Beyonce had been more readily accepted because of her skin tone, he said: ‘It becomes easier. Absolutely.’

Addressing the racism she had been subjected to in the past, she told The Daily Telegraph: ‘My earliest memories are of our house being bricked and a brick missing my sister’s head by inches….And my dad getting started on by skinheads from the National Front. We didn’t have the easiest time.’

 

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