because i have no colour in my skin

Colourism

Recently, I opened my eyes to a whole new concept - colourism.  According to studies, 4 out of 10 women in Malaysia use a whitening product. Three quarters of Malaysian men find lighter skinned women to be more attractive. By 2018, the skin whitening industry is expected to be worth $19.8 billion (world wide).

So what exactly is going on?

Colourism is discrimination based on skin colour. That is the dictionary definition. For me, I have personal stories attached to the meaning.

Colourism is when I’m walking in a mall, and I’m stopped by a sales girl, who is trying to sell me a lightning cream so that it will make my skin ‘prettier’.

Colourism is when my friend told me to eat oranges because it would make my skin lighter. There is something wrong when someone casually implies that I need to lighten my skin.  (Quick science: The natural bleaching properties in citrus fruits help to reduce hyper pigmentation). Though one may want to correct hyper pigmentation (However, bare in mind hyper pigmentation is harmless and it’s not necessary to correct it), it is completely another story to want to make your skin a few shades lighter as a whole.

Colourism is when I was giving art lessons to little kids and I passed them a brown coloured pencil to colour in a drawing of a person, and they replied back saying ‘teacher, skin is not brown, it’s peach colour’. That broke my heart because their skin was a darker shade than the pencil in my hand.

At such a young age, they were conditioned to believe that their skin colour was wrong. It wasn’t valid.

Now people will tell me, ‘Oh come on, it’s just a person selling a product. It’s just a friend recommending what to eat. It’s just kids being kids’.

I fully understand that and Im aware that they meant well. Their intentions were not harmful. But we have to look at the bigger picture.

Intent does not change impact.

The impact of colourism is harmful. It is psychologically and physically damaging.

POC’s are growing up thinking they are not good, not beautiful and even not smart enough.Studies show that a person with lighter skin is more likely to get hired for a job than a darker skinned person with the same skills. Industries are profiting off of people’s insecurities. It perpetuates white supremacy. It systematically puts darker skinned people at a disadvantage. According to a research by Stanford, darker skinned defendants are more likely to get the death penalty than lighter skinned defendants.  

The problem of colourism is prevalent from self-confidence and self-wroth, to wage rates, to marriages and relationships and to the criminal justice system.

To whoever that has the privilege of using the internet and the opportunity to educate ones self through it, I believe it’s a moral obligation for you to be aware and to work against over coming internalized colourism that has been instilled in all of us for far too long.

anonymous asked:

do you have a favourite hair colour on all of them?

*do you really want to hurt me plays in the background* how dare you do this to me

  • taehyung:

is this his natural hair color? because i love it the most, he looks great with it, it’s my favorite by far

Originally posted by taetaehyungs

this is my second favorite because it fit his skin tone so well and he was feeling himself when he was a redhead and i’m down for that

Originally posted by jeonity

  • jimin

black all the way!! he looks too good with black hair

Originally posted by bubbleflexe

but i loved this color too it was so cute

Originally posted by vminv

also the blonde and the silver… he can pull anything off, even the pink :(

  • jungkook

all time fave !! also all time fave outfit this was just his era i need to see this look again on him now that he’s buff af

Originally posted by madness--princess

  • namjoon

this look was everything i love it so much it just fit him so well, the hair and the hairstyle and everything 10/10 would thirst over the reason why i got into kpop and bts

Originally posted by sakurap

  • jin

i like his natural hair color a lot more than the blonde look, i’m glad he’s done with that, imo he looks much better natural i mean

Originally posted by jinkooks

bye

  • hoseok

i mean without a doubt it just suited him so well and screw him for this gif honestly

Originally posted by wonhobe

also he can pull anything off i didn’t like the new color and then i saw him in that robe rapping and i changed my mind

  • yoongi

i saved him for last because ???? when has a hair color looked bad on him ??? never. but my all time faves are black with that undercut, you know the one !! 

Originally posted by the-princejinyoung

and blonde!!

Originally posted by morekpopmore

do you remember last year when there were literally only a handful of minghao stans and he wasn’t really popular but he struggled and worked hard and never stopped believing in himself and never gave up. he’s grown so much to become the genuine, thoughtful, kind, funny, dedicated person he is today and i’m so proud because so many more people appreciate him and acknowledge his talent and perseverance. so many more people have grown to love and admire him, so many more people are aware of his efforts and passion. and him telling mingyu not to worry about the colour of his skin and reassuring him that he’s handsome just the way he is speaks volumes of who minghao is as a person. he is caring and sweet, and aware and honest. he won’t be afraid to fiercely protect and support the people he loves and this is exactly why i’m so incredibly happy he’s my bias. i’m so happy more people know who he is and i genuinely hope he’ll forget he ever said the words, “no one wants to take my picture” because if I could I would capture every single picture i could to frame up and show him just how beautiful he is both inside and out

One thing about cosplay and blackface is that, whenever the theme -blackface- is discussed, there are always white cosplayers saying things like:

“What if I want to paint my skin green? Am I being offensive towards green fictional people?” And like… How fucking clueless can white people be?

Here’s the living proof that they still see us as THINGS and not ashumans. As if out skin tone didn’t actually exist in real life.

They love to compare our skin with fictional colours because that’s what we are for them: “not human”, which was something very common for white people to think back in the vitorian days when they said “black people have no soul”. That was the excuse they used to torture and kill us and that’s still the excuse they use whenever they kill our brothers and sisters.

There’s nothing more humiliating than being compared to a thing that is not real (green, blue,redish pink skin). We are humans, we exist!

Don’t you dare use our pain as a costume, don’t you dare use our skin tone just for fun, knowing that once you get home, all you’ll need to do is wipe it all out.

We, black people do not have this choice, we’ll live and die in this skin.

The next day you’ll be praised by professional cosplay blogs all over the world and by fellow cosplayers, the next day,
black cosplayers will be mocked, hit, or made into a thread on anonymous boards saying:

“Looks like Goku went to the beach the whole day” or stuff like “Sorry, I’m not racist but your skin tone doesn’t match character ‘x’, why don’t you cosplay a 'y” black character instead?“. Or thins like "He looks like a monkey”, “Why are her lips so big? She should make them smaller”.

Hi my name is Cloud Strife and im always at strife with my personality (that’s how I got my name) and I have sky blue eyes and a lot of people tell me my hair look like a chocobo butt (AN: if you don’t love chocobos get da hell out of here!). I am not related to Sephiroth and Im glad because he is a major fucking asshole. I have pale white skin. I am a first class SOLDIER, but I quit. Im good at using giant swords (in case you couldn’t tell) and I wear mostly black. For example today I was wearing a black sleeveless turtleneck, black pants, and black combat boots. I was wearing a huge sword behind my back with the colours red and gold and silver. I was walking in sector 6 today. It was pretty dark and damp, which I am not happy about. I saw Don Corneo. I put up my middle finger at him.

So I just wanted to review this product for you. Its the new Dior Forever perfect cushion foundation so it comes in this little refillable compact with the application pad which is like a sponge, and also a mirror. I have always been intrigued by cushion foundations because I always only ever use brush & liquid foundation. I have pretty good skin, with a bit of rosacia on my cheeks and the odd spot (usually bad ones that I can cover with lots of concealer😂), and this foundation with the forever and ever wear primer & the colour corrector sticks is a DREAM!! I was so shocked by the coverage, I am wearing it now and I cannot feel a thing. Its super light and velvety! And, I also have super oily skin like reaaaally oily and this foundation is containing that so I am so pleased, this is definitely now my favourite foundation. (I usually go between Kat Von D lock it, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk and both Charlotte Tilbury foundations).

anonymous asked:

i've noticed that the editing on icons is a lot different to that on gifs - like the colours are more exaggerated/the cheeks are really red/ the image looks more posterized etc and i was wondering if you'd be willing to explain how to do that/share a link to a tutorial on it? i really love your icons and would love to try and make some but i have no idea how to do so

You’re a ninja. It is indeed a different colouring, anon. I don’t like to exaggerate my gif colours because they turn grainy real fast. I am not an icon master, but I tried my best to explain. This tutorial includes an overview of colouring, cropping and the use of gradients.

COLOURING

Basic colouring (gifs)

  • Brightness ➜ Between 15-30.
  • Vibrance ➜ Saturation to make sure orginal skin colour stays in place.
  • Curves ➜ To brighten, pushed upwards.
  • Selective Colour (red) ➜ As you wish.
  • Curves ➜ Outpot 93, Input 100. (Illustrated.)
  • Edit: This should be the before, and this the after.

Extra colouring (icons only)

  • Increased brightening. 
  • Colour balance.

CROPPING

Moving on to how I make icons: I’ll start from the very beginning since I don’t know how much you know. After having coloured a picture, save it. If you are using a PSD, flatten the image.

1) Go ahead and crop. I use the Polygonal Crop Tool. I take cropping quite seriously because I can’t stand harsh edges, but during this step, cropping to perfection is not necessary.

The rest of the tutorial is under the cut!

Keep reading

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Days 5 and 6 - Rainy days and love song.

Au in which when you come into contact with your soulmate whatever you write on your skin shows up on their skin and vice versa. You don’t have to formally meet, just make eye contact.

All submissions in this AU. I decided to forgo colour on this one because I felt the line art actually went well enough to not warrant it.

Love is strange (POC reader x Steve Rogers)

A/N: this is for POC readers (because y'all deserve love and appreciation in life x (I am a POC writer so, non- POC readers, y'all deserve love as well) 💕💕💕

Warnings: fluff

[PART ONE]

This is my first marvel account and imagine so y'all be appreciated that I am in themiddle of my exams (mocks. They still count!) and I have been so stressed out and had a mental breakdown about two nights ago.
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Steve’s POV
Oh my God. She’s beautiful, her dark copper skin, her eye colour, her soft jet black hair and her vibrant personality makes me swoon, including her moans in bed.

Dear lord,
Thank you for being Y/N in this dystopian world, she’s the light of my life. She reminds me of Peggy, but better. The way she speaks to me, the way she says my name when we are making love in bed or fucking- pardon.

“Steve, are you writing a diary at 100 years old?” Y/N chuckled at her own silly joke, I turned my body around and stared at her sexy body, she was wearing a short honey coloured top, with my white favourite boxers, oh my goodness. Did I say that I want to fuck her? After all, she’s my wife and she-

“Yes. I am, Y/N” I purred as I walked towards her, touching her complex shaped face. Her eyes glanced to my dull grey eyes.

Without thinking I said these seven words “Y/N. I want to fuck you so bad” I began thinking her body under mine: moaning, grunting as we both cum, in multiple times, in multiple positions.

“You know what. I am going to find Bucky!”
I never lied to y/n before.

She turned around and wigged her bum infront of my crotch, which is now, harden. I rolled my eyes back and pictured again about me and Y/N fucking again. She purred “Steven” she smirked at me whilst her hand touched my chest. I moaned by her touch and mumbled “Yes, baby” “Can you fix the living room door, remember last time? I don’t want to do that, again” “Oh you mean. When we were naked and fucked in the living ro-” “Shut up” she playfully pushed me on the cold wooden floor. Oh boy, this girl is in trouble.

Originally posted by everyartistwas-firstanamateur

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Some ogrish wizards I got to colour today! This was fun!

Most ogrish wizardfolks are also priests/spiritual advisors to some extent, because magic education is usually required by law to include religious education aswell. But they are a vital part of many areas of work: medical service, agriculture, information storage, engineering, military and science.

Mages covering their eyes are often seers, who for instance can see through walls and skin and without light. Having their eyes uncovered and adding their actual eyesight to that would overwhelm them with information.

I think the first one there may be a Tulish hight priest. I should give them a name.

long rant about whitewashing in SWR and fan art

bullshitty whitewashing excuses:
“Oh I don’t have enough time to find the right colours”
“I’m doing a comic and don’t blame me if it’s too light”
“People are too fussy about this”
“What’s the big deal? Do you have a stuck up your butt about it? It doesn’t matter that much!”

you know what? Instead of giving up and getting hurt, fix the problem. I am an artist, and a brown one at that, and I find it no trouble at all to get the right colours - even for comics. In fact, I find it hard to get the right shade for Caucasian skin!

But I do it. Because I know just how important it is that all skin colours are represented and shown as beautiful.

And that is why when the three main characters of my favourite show are clearly brown individuals, I make sure to give them their exact colour skin.

How would you feel if you saw your favourite character’s skin, whom you see yourself in, getting drawn/painted lighter than it is? It doesn’t just feel like the character’s identity is being stripped and faded away like it’s not important. It feels like my identity, my skin, is being erased. Like I don’t exist. Like I’m not there.

Well, we are there. We’re here. We exist. We are proud of our culture and the colour skin. And if we can take the time to draw other people’s colours and ethnicities, so can you. It doesn’t take that long, if you choose to learn. If I can do it, why can’t you? What’s your excuse? (Hint: it’s called privilege)

And I know people say shit about the whole “colourblind” thing. That’s about treating people right, my dude. It’s about treating people the same - NOT about erasing our skin colour. It’s who we are. Some people may try to deny it - that’s their choice. But I am proud of mine, and I would like to see more people like me on both the small screen and the big screen. And we got that with rebels!

It’s not just ‘some people’s fav character’s’ - all three main human heroes in rebels are people of colour and BROWN! Heck, Sabine Wren is voiced by an Indian, brown skinned actress, Tiya Sircar. If you want the whole colourblind thing, treat us the same as you would any other race. So when you find the right colour skin for a white character, find the right skin colour for a brown or black or Asian character. Doesn’t matter how long it takes. If it’s new to you, learn it. If you can find the right shade of green for Hera and the right shade of purple for Zeb - both of whom are ALIENS - why can’t you do it for Kanan, Ezra and Sabine?

So here’s my schtick today: instead of whining and being hurt that people called you out on your colourism, intended or no (you still did it buddy) change yourself and the way you colour.

Be that change. Show us you care and that you recognise that we exist. I know and understand that sometimes we just want to get art over with, but that does not mean it’s okay to make a brown person’s skin lighter. We get enough of that in India thanks to the ghastly Fair and Lovely brand.

Show that you recognise that people with dark skin AND light skin and all those shades in between do exist. We’re everywhere. Open your eyes and get used to us. Put it in your art.

…look, I get that shipping things internationally is something that’s surprisingly difficult if you don’t what’s involved. But 20 usd to ships something that’s the size of two packs of playing cards and weighs 50 grams at best is silly.

I want to buy your product! You want me to buy your product! But your shipping is dumb, and makes your product more expensive than goddamn citadel.

I LITERALLY CANNOT STOP CRAVING SMALL INTIMATE MOMENT WITH MICHAEL. SERIOUSLY LIKE ILL IMAGINE HUGGING HIM AND RESTING MY HEAD AGAINST HIS CHEST IN THE SHOWER OR BEING COLD AT NIGHT AND WRAPPING MY ARMS AROUND HIM FOR WARMTH OR HIM PLAYING WITH MY HAIR WHEN WE PLAY VIDEO GAMES AND KISSING ME WHILE HE TEACHES ME NEW SONGS ON HIS GUITAR AND TRYING TO MAKE ME DINNER BUT FUCKING UP SO WE GET PIZZA BUT WE BOTH DONT CARE AND JUST RANDOM SEXUAL TEXTS FROM HIM AND KISSING MY FOREHEAD WHEN IM SAD AND PUTTING ON A DUMB MOVIE TO MAKE ME FEEL BETTER OR JUST BURING HIS HEAD IN MY SHOULDER WHENEVER HE THINKS HE SAYS SOMETHING DUMB BUT IT WAS REALLY SO CUTE LIKE ALL THESE MOMENTS THAT I CAN NEVER HAVE I NEVER STOP IMAGINING AND THEYRE SO CLEAR I CAN FEEL HIS HOT SKIN SOMETIMES AND HIS SOFT WISPY HAIR AND HIS LATE-NIGHT VOICE ALL RASPY AND HIS VOICE WHEN HE GETS EXCITED TO TELL ME SOMETHING AND KISSING HIS LIPS UNTIL THEYRE RED AND I CAN IMAGINE PICKING NEW HAIR COLOURS AND HE SAYS “ANYTHING FOR YOU PRINCESS” BECAUSE HE WANTS MORE THAN ANYTHING TO MAKE ME HAPPY AND HIS LITTLE SCRUNCHY FACE HE MAKES WHEN HE LAUGHS I WANT IT I WANT EVERY SINGLE BIT OF IT, THE PROS AND THE CONS I WANT IT BECAUSE I LOVE HIM MORE THAN ANYTHING AND I WOULD DO ANYTHING AND GIVE UP EVERYTHING FOR HIM AND HE’LL NEVER KNOW THAT OR FEEL WHAT I FEEL FOR HIM

•Travel Time! Bali, Indonesia anyone?•

So I love to travel. I was searching for weeks on where to plan my next trip and finally i decided to take a spontaneous trip to Bali, Indonesia! I have to say this country is so so beautiful with beautiful and welcoming people.

One of the first things I noticed was the lush green trees and scenery and the second was the crazy driving of the natives on their motorcycles lol.

I have always been easily noticed when I am abroad simply because of the way I look, but I have never experienced people that have been so fascinated and in awe in the way I look. To the colour of my skin to the way I wear my hair and they absolutely loved it! There are not many black people that visit the country so any opportunity the balinese natives got they would ask where I was from and stare at me from across the street or ask to take a picture with me. All in all Bali is so lush and I definitely plan to visit again! Vintro x

All eye colours are gorgeous. All hair colours are gorgeous. All body types are gorgeous. All hair styles are gorgeous. All genders are gorgeous. All skin colours are gorgeous. All people are gorgeous, whether it be inside or outside. Just because someone doesn’t like what you have, doesn’t mean another person won’t. Everyone has a different opinion on what they like. See the beauty in everything and everyone. Not everyone will love you, but someone definitely will. It is not possible to be liked by all seven billion people. I’m trying my hardest for this post to stand out from all the other ‘accept yourself’ posts, because I know how irritating they can be, especially if you’re in that DEEP hole of self hatred, the thought of trying to accept yourself just puts you in a bad mood. Don’t hate what you are or what you have. People wish for what you have, just like how you wish for what they have. KNOW your worth. Know you don’t deserve to be treated a certain way, know you deserve better. It’s crucial. Don’t lose it. Honestly, just be yourself. Don’t stop learning and don’t stop improving.

i am briefly gonna throw part of my budget at you guys a) because i have a budget and i’m excited and b) because idk seeing people talk about budgets seems like a good thing, and i probably would have started one a lot sooner had i seen more people i knew doing them/ talking about them

these are my outgoings for the month to come - basically, i have shoved in everything that i have either already bought (skincare, coffee, phone plan) or know for sure i will be buying this month (i actually spend between 260-300 on food, so i gave myself the upper limit there).

this is also sort of the month of self indulgence (hair colour, skin care, andromeda). andromeda is obviously a one off payment, and the hair thing happens every second month.

you can’t see it here, but i started the month off with less money than usual  because i did not do a budget last month and went into overdraft! i have a pre-arranged overdraft with my bank, so that does not cost me too much, but it does mean that when i get paid, i start the month off with less money bc that gets paid off first., which is why i only have a row for ‘rent save’ and not ‘save save’.

‘rent save’ is the money that i put into an account specifically to save for months when i have to pay 3 rents instead of 2 - i get paid monthly, but my rent is paid fortnightly, so there is occasionally unfortunate cross over. ‘save save’ is me shoving money into a third bank account that accrues a greater interest rate if i don’t touch it for a calendar quarter. that said, if i have an emergency expenditure, the save save account is where that money comes from.

this budget does not include tax, student loan repayments, or retirement savings, as that money is taken out of my paycheck before i get it.

here is next month! it is a month where i have to pay 3 rents, so you can see how ‘rent save’ will offset that cost. there is also no hair or andromeda to pay for, and i am hoping to not start the month off in overdraft, so i am crossing my fingers that in this month i will actually be able to get back on the save save wagon.

not shown in these screencaps is my pay/total expenditure/leftover money, but i have a couple of simple excel formulas connecting all of those together so whenever i add a new row, it automatically sums my total expenditure, and then in the row underneath removes that from my total income for the month.

my current plan at the moment is to track…pretty much everything i spend (hence the addition of ‘coffee etc’ in the first screencap). if i have money left over at the end of the month, that’ll go into the ‘save save’ account. it basically gives me a lot more visibility on where my money is going and how much money i have left to work with for the month if i DO want to buy something extra, instead of my current system which is basically ‘shrug, i can afford it’.

ANYWAY obviously not everyone’s budget is going to have this kind of outgoings, or the level of income that i have to support these outgoings, but i do think that…keeping track of where your money is going is a good habit to get into, and that i have been Very Bad for not doing this sooner, and I am sort of?? enjoying myself?? laying this all out and keeping track.

this has been a sort of advice post, i hope it is of some use somehow.