Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu has always been one of the most body-positive and vocal celebrities in India. The actress on Thursday took to Instagram to laud the decision made by Hindustan Unilever of removing the word ‘Fair’ from its premium cream ‘Fair & Lovely’. Bipasha mentioned how her achievements were never enough due to being dark-skinned. She also talked about her struggles as an Indian woman who couldn’t understand people’s obsession with a fair skin tone. Amidst all the love coming Bipasha’s way, a user used her post to allege that the actor has herself taken skin lightening treatment.
Bipasha who has always been proud of her skin color and is known to speak her mind did not let the accusation lightly. The user who goes by the name sparkle.star1 also said how she did the lightening therapy to fit in the industry. The actor in her sarcastic way schooled the Instagram user to stop spreading hate and rumors. She also mentioned that her sensitive skin and allergies have made it difficult to even take facials.
The user commented: “You did Whiting therapy through BCS opinion matters for you!! you are beautiful” (sic).
Bipasha was quick to lash out at and said, “Really??? Thank you for telling me that. I have super sensitive skin and allergies. I have done 2 facials in my entire life because of it. But according to you, I have done some lightening therapy???!!!! It’s amazing how an absolute stranger knows what I have done. Please rise above all this ? (sic)
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From the time I was growing up I heard this always,”Bonnie is darker than Soni.She is little dusky na?“Even though my mother is a dusky beauty and I look a lot like her.I never knew why that would be a discussion by distant relatives when I was a kid. Soon at 15/ 16 I started modelling and then I won the supermodel contest … all newspapers read … dusky girl from Kolkata is the winner.I wondered again why Dusky is my first adjective ??? Then I went to New York and Paris to work as a model and I realised my skin colour was exotic there and I got more work and attention because of it. Another discovery of mine:) Once I came back into India and film offers started… and finally I did my first film and from an absolute Ajnabee to Hindi film industry …I suddenly was accepted and loved. But the adjective stayed which I started liking and loving by then.DUSKY girl wows the audiences in her debut film. In most of my articles for all the work I did,my duskiness seemed to be the main discussion.. it attributed to my sex appeal apparently.And sexy in Bollywood started getting accepted widely.I never really understood this… To me sexy is the personality not just the colour of your skin…why my skin colour only sets me apart from the conventional actresses at that time.But that’s the way it was.I didn’t really see much of difference but I guess people did.There was a strong mindset of Beauty and how an actress should look and behave.I was DIFFERENT as it was pointed out. Didn’t really stop me from being and doing all that I loved. Well you see I was confident and proud of who I was from childhood.My skin colour didn’t define me … even though I love it and wouldn’t want it to be any different ever. Many skin care endorsements with loads of money was offered to me in the last 18 years ( some were very tempting)… but I stuck to my principle always. All this needs to stop. This wrong dream that we are selling … that only fair is lovely and beautiful when the majority of the country is brown skinned. It’s a deep rooted stigma. It’s a mammoth step from the brand… and other brands should follow in the same footsteps soon?
Bipasha has been named the “sexiest diva” in Bollywood time and again. The actress has made bold choices in career and has never shied away from owning her sexuality.