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Nothing is black and white when it comes to beauty
Anusha Bansal | 25 Feb 2011

Beauty is not skin deep. Being a beautiful person from within is what matters and truly valuable.

THERE IS no divided opinion about the fact that God created each one of us in his own light, irrespective of our caste and creed. We are His children and are regarded equal in His kingdom. One big question that has bothered me since childhood is that why on earth have we classified humans according to skin tones, degrees of fairness or in more explicit language, why have we created ‘colorism’?
 
Indians have many skin colors, ranging fair to dark and everything in between. For most of us it's natural to consider light skin to be more beautiful than dark skin. Beauty has become equivalent to fair complexion. Evidence of this comes from numerous beauty products used to achieve lighter skin. The fairness creams are one of the best selling facial creams in the world.
 
Each day one is bombarded by innumerable commercials of creams, gels, face-packs, toner, cleaner, moisturizer and endless such products all claiming to make one ‘white’ (read beautiful) in a short period, sometimes even in the blink of an eye! Well I am doubtful about their ‘instant fairness’ effect but I am sure that celebs endorsing these products are making really big out of it. The Bollywood babes seem to have ‘acquired beauty’ endorsing these products only.
 
The league of these fair ladies is now joined by male superstars too. Bollywood heroes lying in the bath tub or walking across streets endorsing “men’s fairness” cream seems too hilariously innovative for a commercial. Indian actors and actresses almost always are shown to have light skin, or they use lots of makeup to make themselves look lighter.
 
Even beauty contests have lost their true meaning. In the past they were conducted to honor beauty, to acknowledge God’s beautiful creations on Earth. But today they end up creating artificial role models for youngsters or giving many of them inferiority complex about themselves.
 
Today matrimonial ads enlighten us with various degrees of the word ‘fair’. Priorities of groom’s parents seem to have changed largely. ‘Very very fair’ brides are automatically supposed to be better life partners over other necessary qualities.
 
We seem to have forgotten what true beauty is all about. Margaret Hungerford had once famously said “True Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.”
Success, happiness, health, wealth, fame or relationships are not affected by our skin tone. Rather the kind of person we are determines our fate. Being a beautiful person from within is what matters and is truly valuable. One who is beautiful and ‘white’ (read pure) from inside has an aura of goodness and radiates love and warmth.
 
History has witnessed the success of many great personalities who weren’t pearl white from outside but were true gems from inside. Beauty Pageant winners Lara Dutta, Diana Hayden; supermodels Ujjwala Raut, Malaika Arora Khan, Carol Gracius; top actors Ajay Devgan, Kajol, Bipasha Basu; sports stars Leander Paes, Vishwanathan Anand; eminent personalities like Kiran Bedi, APJ Abdul Kalam and many more. The list is endless. Each one of them has their own story to tell but with the same message. Success and Happiness are not governed by our skin color. To be a beautiful person one needs to be beautiful in thoughts, ideas, work, principles and ideologies. Each one of us is equally beautiful if we are beautiful at heart.