36 Views

Why Nigerian Female Celebrities Bleach

Two throwback pictures (one from former beauty queen Dabota Lawson, and one suspected to be media celebrity Toke Makinwa) showed up on the Internet.

Throwback pictures are normal every Thursday on the Internet. What made these two photos different from the nostalgia inducing photos we see every Thursday is that the female celebs in question looked so much darker than they do now.

In Dabota Lawson’s throwback picture she looked considerably darker than what she looks like now. In the throwback picture of the young woman who is suspected to be Toke Makinwa, the difference is literally night and day.

Dabota Lawson Dabota Lawson in new photos

Popular blogger Stella Dimokokorkus shared the photo of Dabota Lawson and wrote “Dabota looked really beautiful with her original skin tone,” and shadily added, “but she now looks brighter than the sunlight and more beautiful, in fact one would hardly know she used to be dark skinned.

Dabota Lawson saw the comment about her skin and replied saying “Damn Stella, back with that stale gist? Slow news day?” The former beauty queen didn’t really deny that she bleached her skin.

Toke Makinwa Toke Makinw

Skin bleaching has been prevalent in Nigeria since the 1970’s. Nigerian music legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti released the record ‘Yellow Fever’ – a musical satire about black Nigerian women bleaching their skin.

Today it is more prevalent than ever. In the Nigerian entertainment scene there are tons of women who have bleached (or toned) their skins to look lighter. The trend is at its highest level now with many female celebrities believing that can’t be successful unless they have light skin.

Artwork of Fela's 'Yellow Fever' record Artwork of Fela’s ‘Yellow Fever’ record

A music video director once told me that light skin people appear better on camera than dark skin people. With this belief it is therefore not surprising that a lot of video vixens bleach their skin to have more chances of appearing in music videos.

A lot of women and some men in the movie industry also have that mentality also. They have bleached their skins to get more roles. And let’s face the fact, the global entertainment industry leans towards light skin women. That is why Rihanna and Nicki Minaj now look considerably lighter now than when they first started.

Nicki Minaj then and now Nicki Minaj then and now

While skin bleaching or toning was almost a taboo in the past it is now a norm and even celebrated. Well that’s because it is referred to as skin lightening these days. That’s the politically correct term.

Dencia's Whitenicious creamDencia’s Whitenicious cream

Cameroonian singer Dencia came out with her now famous cream ‘Whitenicious’ which is described as a dark spot remover in 2013. In an interview with Ebony Magazine in 2014 Dencia said the purpose of her Whitenicious is to remove dark spots on your skin and it does not bleach your skin unless you buy a crazy amount of the product.

The product has gone on to be extremely popular. Last year Dencia claimed she made twenty million dollars from the product.

Whitenicious has had its critics notably Oscar award winner Lupita Nyong’O. In 2014 Lupita name dropped Whitenicious in her speech about black beauty.

Lupita Nyong'O might take the lead in forthcoming Star Wars VIILupita Nyong’O might take the lead in forthcoming Star Wars VII

I want to take this opportunity to talk about beauty, Black beauty, dark beauty. I received a letter from a girl and I’d like to share just a small part of it with you: “Dear Lupita,” it reads, “I think you’re really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia’ Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me” she said during the speech.

Dencia didn’t like this and fired back at the actress.

Poster o Ama K Abebrese's Love Your Natural Skintone campaign Poster o Ama K Abebrese’s Love Your Natural Skintone campaign

While the singer is making money from her cream, Ghanaian actress Ama K Abebrese who acted in ‘Beast of No Nation’ has launched a public health campaign called ‘Love Your Natural Skin Tone‘.

The campaign is meant to go against widespread bleaching in the West African country of Ghana. Her campaign is a welcome development especially for a sub-region that is known for bleaching. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Nigerian women are first when it comes to skin bleaching.

The fact remains that skin bleaching or skin toning is very common in Nigeria and especially in the entertainment industry. For the price of fame and success many people are willing to wash away their skins.

source: Pulse.ng

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

37 Job Opportunities Open For Nigerians In UN
Politics
2 views
Politics
2 views

37 Job Opportunities Open For Nigerians In UN

PH - October 22, 2017

UN deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed has said that there are 37 career openings for young Nigerians under the United Nations bureaucracy. Amina disclosed this at a Cultural…

How Kachikwu Led Global Outreach To Boost Nigeria’s Oil Revenues
Business
19 views
Business
19 views

How Kachikwu Led Global Outreach To Boost Nigeria’s Oil Revenues

PH - October 22, 2017

The extra resources derived from the OPEC production concessions which Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources has been fighting for are boosting the…

Photos from Davido’s Friend, Tagbo Umeike’s Burial in Anambra State
Entertainment
37 views
Entertainment
37 views

Photos from Davido’s Friend, Tagbo Umeike’s Burial in Anambra State

PH - October 22, 2017

Davido's friend, Tagbo Umeike who died from suffocation and alcohol poisoning on the eve of his birthday at Shisha Lounge in Lekki, Lagos on October 2, has…

5 Quick And Stunning Facts About The Nigerian That Painted Obama’s Portrait
Best of Nigeria
47 views
Best of Nigeria
47 views

5 Quick And Stunning Facts About The Nigerian That Painted Obama’s Portrait

Mabel - October 21, 2017

The skilled craftsman who is a New York-based representation painter, known for his exceedingly naturalistic depictions of dark individuals in chivalrous postures, will be the main dark…

Eat These Common Foods And Lessen Your Risk Of Colon Cancer
Food and Health
56 views
Food and Health
56 views

Eat These Common Foods And Lessen Your Risk Of Colon Cancer

Mabel - October 21, 2017

You know entire grains are useful for your heart, yet they may have another advantage, as well, as indicated by a new report from the World Cancer Research…

SEE This Nollywood Director’s ‘Birthday Cake’ Everyone Is Talking About – [One Of A Kind]
Entertainment
51 views
Entertainment
51 views

SEE This Nollywood Director’s ‘Birthday Cake’ Everyone Is Talking About – [One Of A Kind]

MT - October 21, 2017

  Nollywood director, Ugezu J. Ugezu who is currently on set with his crew for the making of the movie ‘THRONE OF REVENGE’, celebrated his birthday with…

5 Drugs That Get Nigerians High Far More Than Marijuana
Food and Health
46 views
Food and Health
46 views

5 Drugs That Get Nigerians High Far More Than Marijuana

Mabel - October 21, 2017

  The codeine culture is getting more intensed in north and in urban ranges of Southern Nigeria. It is the most loved medication of decision for some…

Exquisite First Photos From Ex Governor, Mimiko’s Daughter’ Traditional Wedding In Akure
Politics
51 views
Politics
51 views

Exquisite First Photos From Ex Governor, Mimiko’s Daughter’ Traditional Wedding In Akure

MT - October 21, 2017

On Thursday 19th October, 2017, Ondo State’s former Governor Mimiko’s daughter, Bibitayo tied the knot with his sweet heart, Adetola Aderemi in the State’s capital, Akure. Dignitaries…

How Actor Mofe Duncan’s Sister Was Chased To The Point Of Death By FRSC Officials – Friend
Entertainment
37 views
Entertainment
37 views

How Actor Mofe Duncan’s Sister Was Chased To The Point Of Death By FRSC Officials – Friend

MT - October 21, 2017

  Nollywood actor, Mofe Duncan took to Instagram moments ago to narrate how his sister Matilda sustained injuries in an auto accident in Abuja. The accident, according…

Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari Relaxes On A Yacht With Wives Of Other Leaders In Turkey (Photos)
Politics
47 views
Politics
47 views

Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari Relaxes On A Yacht With Wives Of Other Leaders In Turkey (Photos)

MT - October 21, 2017

Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari was seen with wives of other world leaders relaxing on a yacht in Instanbul while being hosted by the First Lady…

Quick Reminder Facts About ‘Legendary DaGrin’ As Fans Celebrate His 30th Posthumous Birthday
Buzz & Trends
36 views
Buzz & Trends
36 views

Quick Reminder Facts About ‘Legendary DaGrin’ As Fans Celebrate His 30th Posthumous Birthday

Mabel - October 21, 2017

Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, also known as Dagrin (21 October 1987 – 22 April 2010), was an award-winning Nigerian rapper from Ogun, Nigeria. A film of his life…

Atiku’s Ex Daughter-in-law, Miss Ummi Reveals What Led To The Custody Battle With Ex Hubby Aminu
Politics
45 views
Politics
45 views

Atiku’s Ex Daughter-in-law, Miss Ummi Reveals What Led To The Custody Battle With Ex Hubby Aminu

MT - October 21, 2017

In an interview with Punch, Miss Ummi Bukar Bolori, ex wife of Aminu, one of the sons of the former vice president of Nigeria, Abubakar Atiku, reveals…

Kebbi State’s Accountant-General, Mohammed Dakingari, Sentenced To 70yrs Jail Term For This Reason.
Politics
45 views
Politics
45 views

Kebbi State’s Accountant-General, Mohammed Dakingari, Sentenced To 70yrs Jail Term For This Reason.

MT - October 21, 2017

The Court of Appeal Kebbi Division has upturned the judgment of a Kebbi State High Court which discharged and acquitted Mohammed Arzika Dakingari, Accountant General of Kebbi…

This Is What Governor Amosun Is Saying About The Stories Making Round That A Youth Corper Gave Birth To Twins For Him
Politics
64 views
Politics
64 views

This Is What Governor Amosun Is Saying About The Stories Making Round That A Youth Corper Gave Birth To Twins For Him

MT - October 21, 2017

Mr Ibikunle Amosun, the governor of Ogun State, on Friday morning broke his silence on what he considered as the avalanches of rumours and falsehood being peddled…

Bidemi Kosoko Shares Adorable Birthday Photos With Well Wishers
Buzz & Trends
35 views
Buzz & Trends
35 views

Bidemi Kosoko Shares Adorable Birthday Photos With Well Wishers

Mabel - October 21, 2017

Nollywood performing artist and girl of Veteran on-screen character Jide Kosoko, Bidemi Kosoko is a year more established today and the on-screen character has dropped some lovely…

Bishop Oyedepo Speaks On The Spiritual Attack On His Private Jet That Almost Killed Him Recently
Religion
51 views
Religion
51 views

Bishop Oyedepo Speaks On The Spiritual Attack On His Private Jet That Almost Killed Him Recently

MT - October 21, 2017

It was praise, worship and thanksgiving to God yesterday at Canaanland, Otta, the headquarters of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (LFCWW) . The leadership and members of…

PHOTOS: ‘I Wish My Mum Was Alive To See This’ – Davido Gushes As He Takes Photos With Oba Ewuare Of Benin
Entertainment
79 views
Entertainment
79 views

PHOTOS: ‘I Wish My Mum Was Alive To See This’ – Davido Gushes As He Takes Photos With Oba Ewuare Of Benin

MT - October 21, 2017

Nigerian music star, Davido earlier today was pictured with Edo Crown Prince for the first year anniversary of Oba Ewuare II of Benin Kingdom coronation today. The…

How This Nigerian Lady, Ekprimma Called Out An Uyo Doctor For Molesting Her Will Shock You
Shocking
29 views
Shocking
29 views

How This Nigerian Lady, Ekprimma Called Out An Uyo Doctor For Molesting Her Will Shock You

MT - October 21, 2017

An enraged Nigerian lady, Ekprimma Koko is set to go to Uyo on Sunday to probably show the whole world the man who molested her several times…

Loading...