It’s okay if you’re not mestiza. Really.

MANILA, Philippines – It’s okay if you’re not mestiza. Really. That is one of the most profound truths I wish to impart to my 6-year-old daughter. It may sound silly, but I’m serious. She is growing up in a country where skin-whitening products are a billion-peso industry, as companies are cashing in on a national

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Video: African-Australians are bleaching their skin

A young African woman is concerned about her friends using skin-whitening creams. An African Australian woman says skin-whitening creams are widely used by girls as young as 14 in her Melbourne community. The 22-year-old woman says African mothers encourage their daughters to use such creams “to become more beautiful”. “One mother I know is using

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Confessions of a fashionista: The perils of skin bleaching

When one of my up-and-coming make up artists pulled out of a high profile designer job this week, I panicked. Her last minute flakiness was not only unprofessional, it was unexpected.  ‘Are you all right?’ I asked. ‘I’m fine, thank you,’ her voice sounded normal over the phone. ‘Is there something going on in your

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