I guess Beyonce thinks MJ's idea was good...

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The controversy over the recent L'Oreal Paris ad for Feria hair color featuring an allegedly whitewashed Beyonce (right) should spur talk about the perils of skin bleaching. (For the record, L'Oreal has firmly denied that they lightened the skin of the fair complected singer/spokesmodel.)

To clarify: I am not implying in this post that Beyonce bleaches her skin at all. But I think this whole debate prompts a discussion of skin lightening, which is so prevalent in Asia and Africa and how harmful it is for women -- on so many levels.

In Jamaica, some dark-skinned women are so anxious to lighten their complexions that they will concoct homemade mixtures of household bleach and chemicals used to straighten hair. A  BBC report quoted dermatologist Neil Persadsingh as saying: "If you go to the ghettos, you will see people with their faces white from the application of these bleaching preparations. You see this every day in Jamaica." The situation has gotten so bad that the Jamaican government launched a campaign called "Don't Kill the Skin" last year, aimed at young girls. Even skin lighteners that are sold in Jamaica are not safe and can cause thinned skin, acne and scarring.

Over here, the skin lightening market is a major industry and the main ingredient of most creams and serums -- hydroquinone -- is some scary stuff. The FDA proposed a ban on it in 2006 because it was deemed a cancer causing chemical after being tested on rodents. Right now, you can buy over-the-counter products with 2% hydroquinone and prescription treatments that contain 4% of the chemical.
Clearly, the beauty ideal in this country and elsewhere begs for correction. I found a soap online marketed to women called "Fair & White" -- at what price, physically and psychologically?


UPDATE: The Young, Black & Fabulous has published a picture of the Beyonce ad, as it ran in Essence (left), alongside the Elle ad.  The Elle ad looks a lot blander than the Essence ad. The pigmentation is just off. The whole Elle ad looks like it got left out in the sun and faded.

Do you think L'Oreal Paris has some explaining to do?

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#2  Edited By Jake Malcom

OH GREAT

Now we will be seeing headlines reading

"Beyonce touches little kids....and the kids are not complaining"

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#3  Edited By GreyGoose
Voidheart said:
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#4  Edited By warlock360

LOL, but they will once her nose falls off and she starts looking like a banshee! xD

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GreyGoose said:
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actually if u wouldve did u r homework u wouldve known that loreal photoshopped her face!"
did you even read the last sentence?
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Jake Malcom said:
"OH GREAT

Now we will be seeing headlines reading

"Beyonce touches little kids....and the kids are not complaining""
I won't complain if she touches me in odd places.

Anyway I saw this on Bossip and bleaching your skin is just dumb. Look at how Micheal Jackson looks and you'll see why.
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Voidheart said:
"GreyGoose said:
"Voidheart said:
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actually if u wouldve did u r homework u wouldve known that loreal photoshopped her face!"
did you even read the last sentence?"

they already explained lmao
and dont talk about my idol like that.....she look better probably then u do LMAO
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#8  Edited By warlock360

Now possibly but in 2-3 years...

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GreyGoose said:
"Voidheart said:
"GreyGoose said:
"Voidheart said:
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actually if u wouldve did u r homework u wouldve known that loreal photoshopped her face!"
did you even read the last sentence?"

they already explained lmao
and dont talk about my idol like that.....she look better probably then u do LMAO"
We all know they did. This was on Bossip like 5 days ago. Can't believe this thread wasn't up 4 days ago.
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#10  Edited By GreyGoose

exactly...noob @ss thread lmao

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#11  Edited By warlock360
GreyGoose said:
"exactly...noob @ss thread lmao"
What makes you think such?
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#12  Edited By GreyGoose

ur late...this is 5day old news and ur posting it today....WOW...but w/e hey do what u want lol

Mkay =]

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#13  Edited By warlock360

why didnt you then? or any other person?

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#14  Edited By GreyGoose
Voidheart said:
"why didnt you then? or any other person?"

bcuz i could care less

Mkay...u wann atalk about news...talk about usher's he-man of a wife
now that would be topic of the day
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#15  Edited By warlock360

LOL start it then

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#16  Edited By GreyGoose

lmao i think im gonna

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#17  Edited By Jax

Good.