Women Sharing Stories Of Being The Victims Of Colorism In A Fairness Obsessed Society

Women sharing stories of being the victims of colorism

Colorism in India is something that every person experiences at least once in their day-to-day life. Discrimination based solely on someone’s skin color is quite prevalent in India. It also involves a gendered phenomenon that affects Indian women more than men. Indians have a tendency to praise someone based on their complexion and judge their “beauty” depending on their fair skin. Although such comments are not specifically made to abuse or target dark-skinned people, it is a common practice and a collective social mindset that we as a society prefer people with fair complexions than any other skin tone, even when most of us naturally have brown skin.

We talked with two women who bravely faced ridicule, disrespect, trauma and stressful situations due to their darker skin tone. While sharing her story, Nikita Basu, a 21-year-old financial analyst, said, “I was born and brought up in a small town, named Berhampur, situated in Orissa. Since my childhood, I have observed people’s obsession with the controversial, yet highly popular, ‘Fair & Lovely’ products. Earlier, it used to be one of the most widely sold products in the market. My classmates used to tease me by calling me ‘Kaali’. Even my grandmother was very much concerned about my skin color. I used to hear such comments like ‘no one is going to marry me’.”

Sharing her experiences, Nikita further added “I don’t know why people still consider marriage the ultimate destination of a girl. My aunts used to prepare ‘ubtan’ and forcefully apply it on my face. I used to feel annoyed and discriminated against, but I never felt conscious about my skin color. I was quite indifferent to the whole situation simply because I knew that it didn’t matter. And, I know for a fact that I would feel the same way even if I had a lighter skin tone.”

Apeksha Mishra, a 34-year-old fashion designer, shared her story of being a brown girl born to a fair-skinned mother. “Yes, it was quite traumatic. I will not lie. I have spent my childhood in Goa and used to live with my joint family. My mother is really pretty and has milk-white skin. When I was a child, I experienced extreme mocking by my family, friends, neighbors, and relatives. Being a dark-skinned girl, I used to consider my mother the most beautiful woman in the world. I used to copy and imitate her, dress up like her, wrap sarees, wear lipstick, and repeat everything she used to do,” shared Apeksha. However, she eventually started to detest her natural complexion as she was being taunted and teased by her neighbor who constantly compared Apeksha to her mother. “I was extremely hurt and pissed off. Even one of my cousins used to tease me, ‘You are not a rasgulla, you’re are a brown gulab jamun!’ I remember that I vigorously cried that night thinking I was not good enough. Later my mother consoled me by saying, ‘What tastes better to you- rasgulla or gulab jamun?’ Well, fortunately, gulab jamun has been my favorite since childhood,” added Apeksha.

She further said “I asked my mother if I was beautiful or not, and my mother answered, ‘Of course, you’re beautiful.’ My mother’s confirmation was enough for me to feel satisfied with my own appearance. Thankfully, my mother’s confidence in me always helps me to ignore what society has to say.”

“Discrimination based on someone’s skin color can negatively affect a person’s mental health, leading to self-hatred, negative self-talk and depression. It leads to low self-esteem in women,” psychologist Reema Nayak said in an interview. Report says that women are the worst victims of colorism in India. Most Indian women are forced to meet unrealistic societal standards of beauty in order to deem suitable for the matrimonial market.

*(Name and place changed due to privacy concerns)

To Know More About Different Terms In The News-

  1. Discrimination
  2. Self-Love
  3. Embarrassment

Read More Related Articles From Our Partnered Site-

Want To Know If You Are Facing A Low Self Esteem? Use This Free Test To See If You Match The Criteria

Up Next

Lucid Dying: Patients Recall Near-Death Experiences During CPR

Lucid Dying

Science News

A research team at NYU Grossman School of Medicine explored the unique phenomenon of CPR-related “lucid dying” experiences. The study was presented in the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions of 2022.

The Study

The researchers examined 567 men and women from 25 hospitals in the US and the UK, who had CPR and other resuscitation methods used on them after cardiac arrest.

The participants were asked to recall death experiences and recordings of their hidden brain activity were also made. The results were then tallied with the testimonies of 126 community survivors of cardiac arrest with se

Up Next

Did You Know Breathing Shapes Our Brain And Mental Health?

Breathing Shapes Our Brain And Mental Health

Brain News

A team of researchers at Aarhus University provided insights into how breathing shapes our brains and impacts our mental health. The study is published in the journal Psychological Review.

The Study

The researchers conducted a series of experiments using a combination of human and animal neuroimaging. They also reviewed previously conducted research on the respiration-brain interaction and the calming effect of breathing on the brain.

They examined how the act of breathing exerts a rhythmic influence on neural oscillations, thereby promoting healthy perception, emotional regulation, and cognition.

Up Next

Long-Term Effects of Childhood Traumas: Study Finds

Long-Term Effects of Childhood Traumas

Mental Health News

A team of researchers at the Desert Research Institute, in the US, explored the long-term health risks of childhood traumas. The study is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry.

The Study

The researchers surveyed more than 16,000 people from the Reno area in Nevada as part of the Healthy Nevada Project. The participants answered questions about their social environments and experiences during their childhood and adolescent years. These included information about emotional, physical, or sexual mistreatment, parental neglect, and substance abuse in the household.

The survey data wa

Up Next

Research Shows The Power Of Thank You In A Marriage

The Power Of Thank You For Couples

Psychology News

A team of researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, explored the power of Thank You! in couple relationships. The study is published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

The Study

In order to understand how does relational gratitude protect couples, the researchers studied 316 middle-aged African American couples in rural Georgia for over 15 months.

The participants completed assessments about conflict resolution, perceived gratitude, expressions of gratitude, financial strain, perceived levels of relationship satisfaction, and perceived levels of relations

Up Next

How To Improve Mental Health: Just Ensure You Fulfill These 3 Criteria

How To Improve Mental Health

Research is looking into easy ways when it comes to how to improve mental health.

A good relationship, passion, and a healthy exercise regime have cropped up as considered factors to improve mental health.

Experts have confirmed the benefits of certain influential factors on mental health. A recent spate of studies explored the positive link between fulfilling relationships, passion, adequate exercise, and sound mental well-being.

3 Steps To Improve Mental Health


7 Frustrating Things About Living With BPD Black Friday: Is It Triggering Impulsive Buying? The Healing Power Of Music Therapy This Is Not Autism Method Acting And How Its Psychological Toll Runs Deep What You Want To Hear And What You Need To Hear Matthew Perry Opens Up About His Tough Struggle With Addiction What Are The Manipulation Techniques? 5 Honest Parenting Truths For You To Save Do Horror Movies Negatively Impact Our Mental Health? 7 Ways To Overcome Sleeplessness Signs of Depression in Men, Women, and Teens