Fairness And Beauty

Recently at the United Services Club, while having a glass of beer a colleague commented that no heroine on the silver screen was dark complexioned. I agreed and also informed that in the matrimonial ADs in the Times of India, 95% of the listings had a requirement for a fair skinned bride. This is the irony of mans concept, where everybody would like a fair skinned bride. I wonder what will happen to the entire lot of dark skinned girls ? They will of course also find matches, but more by default than anything else.

There is the age old

saying 'All cats are grey when the lights are off'. It certainly does not matter that a woman or girl is dark or light skinned in the ultiimate analysis when a man and a woman co-habit or mate, but the fact remains that the concept of beauty in relation to a fair skin is ingrained in all societies. Even the fairy tales which are read by the young impressionable children relate stories of beautiful and fair skinned princesses and queens. Think of 'Snow White' and hundreds of such

tales, all lay stress on the color of the skin.
All societies have for eons laid stress on the concept of fair skin as the epitome of beauty.Even in the West this holds true. Though there is some dimunation of this concept, and a few dark skinned icons have emerged, yet the concept of a fair skin as an ingardiant of beauty has not died away. Even among the dark skinned negroid race, the lighter colored negroes are more preferred. In India and the East, a fair skinned girl will always be prefferred. No wonder there is not a single darkskinned heroine as a super star on the film horizon in Mumbai and Hongkong.
This concept of the white skin and beauty is not likely to die away.However we must all understand that the color of the skin is Gods creation and to differentiate among light, black skin, or white skin is not desirable. But everything takes time and maybe this concept may in course of time get watered down, but I do not see it going away for another generation.

Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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