First Post from 2020: Let’s talk tanning & there’s a lot to unpack here! Australia has some of the top tanning brands in the world and it is a harmful, racist industry to ALL women.
Just as the beauty industry has promoted to women of colour the belief that white is more beautiful, it has also profited from making white women believe their natural skin is not good enough. In order to look “attractive”, they have to drench their bodies with chemicals or sit in the sun for hours risking cancer. But it seems tanning isn’t the bigger issue here. The desire to look “exotic” (African or Arab as defined by @thetab_ ) becomes dangerous when adopted alongside other forms of cultural appropriation. Many influencers in Australia wear tans but they also adopt other African traits such as big lips and black hairstyles. Don’t forget we had @sarahs_day called out for her boxer braids.
And just yesterday Rita Ora was accused of blackfishing after it was discovered she is white. YouTuber Annie Nova in the same article points out how the capitalization of the black aesthetic, for which many dark-skinned people are shunned for already having, takes away from black creatives. Let us know how you feel.
More to come.