A Letter To Fair & Lovely Lightening Cream

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Dear “Fair & Lovely” Lightening Cream,

I hope this letter finds you well. It has been a while since we’ve faced each other. I just want to let you know that you have had a paramount impact on my teenage and early adult years. I remember standing in front of my bathroom mirror spending hours and hours of massaging your creaminess into my wheatish complexion, praying that one of these days I will be fair and lovely as the models in your generic commercials. More importantly, I would be as happy as they always looked, spinning around, hair flowing in the air, and everyone turning around looking at them walking in the streets and them having a confident, yet, smug look on their face, knowing that it is their fair and lovely skin that is causing such mayhem on the streets.

Sadly, in spite of all of your promises, I never turned from dark chocolate to white chocolate, no matter how much milk I added. What the hell? I thought this was the beginning of a life long relationship but only few years down the line, I finally realized what a crock of shit you are. I despise you, how could you do this to me? You said, “fair & lovely” time after time that I never realized it can be “dark & lovely” too. After spending so much time, energy, not to mention all the money I invested in our relationship, I am finally at a point where it’s time to say farewell to Fair & Lovely. I am still not fair but I am just as lovely as I ever was, and my WHEATISH skin is the wet dream of a tanning booth. It is good bye and good riddance from me, I only hope that you would stop your false campaign to whitewash all of the human race and leave the rest of the young girls alone with whichever complexion they happened to be born with.

I have discarded all the remains of our false relationship into the trash. I hope I never come across you again, and perhaps one day someone will find you and dump a bucket load of brown into your “fair & lovely mess.”

Yours No More,

Wheatish & Lovelier

P.S. I hear Snow White is looking for a tanning booth to mask her connection to Edward from Twilight.

9 thoughts on “A Letter To Fair & Lovely Lightening Cream

  1. Sigh. I had a former roomate who used this lighten the hairs of her mustache so that they don’t show as much in beta waxings. She was already light-skinned like me. I wondered why, but never thought that much of it. Until I went into a couple of different beauty stores in search of some natural hair products and instead found shelf upon shelf upon shelf of this Fair & Lovely, and some other brands. It angered me that 1) this product can and does exist, 2) the store owners actually order and sell it, and 3) that there is actually a mark.

  2. I can relate to this article because as an African-American female, people can be cruel if you are darker, and lighter skin is celebrated. I had to learn to celebrate who God made me to be and that made all the difference! Great read…

  3. Loved it…,its really sad that we give so much of importance to skin color and looks,but inner beauty is what really counts and very few people realize that.Very well written…!

  4. I love your honesty and courage. These are virtues that are very hard to locate in today’s world. I can relate to this totally. I do want to add that it is mother’s/families that need to initiate the “change” of attitude and perhaps reinstill what is truly important in life. It’s all about educating ourselves. As long as we mothers continue to stress the “color” aspect, we ignore all the innumerable and essential characteristics that we must develop in our offspring. It takes almost a whole generation to shake this off. We mothers learned from our mothers and grandmothers and now, our daughters pick up on our “thinking” and will pass it on. In fact it is also our “sons” who imbibe this thinking that we choose to practice day in and day out. I am so proud of this blog – this is an essential move to present what today’s New Thinkers are contemplating. Thank you

  5. I love this letter! It’s so absolutely disheartening to see so many young girls fall prey to this scam. I know that every person has a right to choose a product of their choice- i just wish the makers of these cremes would stop making wheatish appear unattrattive just to have “fair” be the obvious choice. It’s misleading and insulting. Kudos to you for speaking your mind ! :)

  6. I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both equally educative and amusing, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something which not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I found this in my hunt for something regarding this.

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