dark skinned south asian and lovely

shoutout to all my asian girls that don’t fit typical beauty expectations!! this is for all the girls that aren’t like the skinny, fair-skinned east asian girls in those aesthetic photoshoots. shoutout to south and southeast asian girls that are always forgotten in the western view of asia. this is for my desi girls, my indonesian girls, my malay and cambodian and vietnamese girls. this for the asian girls that have dark skin or a lot of facial hair or a unibrow or monolids or big boobs or no boobs!, or rolls/curves/stretch marks/cellulite!! i love u guys a lot and ur beautiful no matter what society tells u 💖💖💖

to my fellow south asian bisexual women: i love you all so much. south asian sikh, muslim, hindu, buddhist, christian, jewish, or otherwise bisexual women, mixed/biracial/multiracial south asian bisexual women, trans bisexual south asian women, south asian bisexual women who don’t use she/her pronouns, undocumented south asian bisexual women, dark-skinned south asian bisexual women, black south asian bisexual women, closeted south asian bisexual women, south asian bisexual women who are out and proud, south asian bisexual women dating a girl, south asian bisexual women dating a boy, south asian bisexual women dating a nonbinary person, south asian bisexual women who are single (hit me up LMFAOO), south asian bisexual sex workers. 

i love us all. i love the diversity of our experiences and our lives. i love how resilient, creative, strong, beautiful, and clever we are. i love that we continue to resist every person who’d seek to marginalize us. we are far better than misogynistic brown men, homophobic straight brown people, racist/antisemitic/islamophobic/etc white lgbt people, colorists in our community, and every other person we continue to fight so that we can thrive and live. this month, prioritize yourselves, each other, and all your fellow south asian lgbt people (and lgbt people of color). 

this goes out to every single south asian bi girl. i hope you have a happy, joyful, and peaceful pride month, and that you get to spend your time with loved ones, with friends, and doing only what you enjoy doing. happy pride! 

finnjediknight  asked:

I saw a finnrey fanar that I really liked but it also makes me uncomfortable because I realize even more than before just how much Star Wars as appropriated Asian, especially Japanese, culture. Like the films were heavily influenced by the films of Akira Kurosawa. Even the film techniques were inspired by them. And Rey was almost name Kira as a tribute to him. It makes me uncomfortable that these films use Asian culture without having almost any Asian people. (Cont.)

I wish Rey had been Japanese. It would have made it easier. Or at the very least why couldn’t Jessica Henwick have been Rey. I know she’s Singaporean and not Japanese, but she would have been just as good as Daisy Ridley. Is it wrong for a white person to be upset by this. I’m a big Star Wars fan, but I also like Kurosawa’s movies and I just don’t feel like it’s right to not have Asian people in Star Wars when there’s so much Asian appropriation.

I agree 100%. 

Star Wars is literally a white utopian fantasy, where white people wear Asian names, Asian clothing, Asian culture, Asian theology, and Asian martial arts and simultaneously claim it as their own “creative genius”. It is downright despicable.

The Jedi are so obviously inspired by Buddhist monks. The whole “no attachment” and “give yourself over to the Force” thing is so obvious. And don’t get me started on their clothing, which is basically samurai clothing. Even their Jedi fighting ‘katas’ are based on Asian martial arts. But have you EVER seen an Asian Jedi? Ever? There are more fucking aliens who are Jedis than a non-white, let alone Asian human. Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) is the first Asian martial arts fighter I’ve ever seen in any Star Wars-affiliated film (the bar is so low, holy fuck) and he doesn’t even have the Force. Oh no, but some white girl with decent public speaking skills has the Force. Of course she does. 

Padme Amidala. Holy-fucking-shit. See, I can sort of give Lucas a pass for being appropriative in the 1970s, but the prequels have gone too far. Padme’s dresses, headwear, down to her facial makeup are all plagiarised from traditional Mongolian wear. If I never see another “Padme’s glorious Nabooan fashion uwu” photo/gifset again it will be too soon. And her name–Padme? A complete bastardization of the South Asian traditional name of Padma. They even have Sanskriti vocals during her funeral scene, as if it’s not enough of a blow. All of this, yet they won’t have a South Asian or a Mongolian actress play her: instead, they’ll have a white/white-passing woman parade around in yellow/brownface. I honestly don’t care if “she had to be white, Luke & Leia are white!!11!” because the black queen and white king in Cinderella had a Filipino son and Anakin is Force Jesus.

I’ve never heard of Akira Kurosawa before, and now I’ll definitely check him out! I’m glad they didn’t give another white girl an Asian name. Rey could have had so much potential. If Rey had been Japanese, Black, or South Asian or literally anything but white, I would’ve lauded TFA as the best film of all time. 

I love Star Wars despite my vehement criticism, but I feel like the only thing left for me in this fandom are all the men of colour. They won’t have a woman of colour anytime soon (I think I’ll probably die before they ever have a dark-skinned woc as lead) and they refuse to represent us while stealing from us. I’m glad you care, even as a white person. If more white people cared, then this wouldn’t happen.

Hate starts at home

I have come a long way from my younger days where I used hated the way I looked, wishing I looked more european or lighter skinned…but this hate stemmed from the people most closest to me my family members and my community. I won’t name and shame them but it’s them that had a problem with my skin colour and made it known. It was bad enough to see dark skinned women like me be ill treated and underrepresented in the media and society but to have your community and family hate you for your darker complexion was even more heart breaking. I remember a time where I was told by a family member “your a pretty girl, but you’d be much prettier if you where a few shade lighter” they proceeded to give me skin lightening products in order to get what THEY wanted…not me. I couldn’t understand what was wrong with me I thought because they are older and wiser they know what they are talking about. I thought to myself if I had only been born lighter maybe she and they(community) would stop being so mean to me about the way I looked. But it all changed when I realised there was nothing wrong with me but something wrong with them. 

The self love I started when I became more exposed to Sri Lankan, Tamil Rapper M.I.A. to see a girl just like me quite literally. She was a Sri Lankan, Tamil ,dark skinned, out spoken, head strong with a idgaf attitude and stood up to what she believed in, went against societal norms and she wasn’t your typical South Asian girl anddd must I add she had a wicked fashion sense. I knew I had found an icon to look up to one that represented dark skinned south Asian girls like me everywhere. I also found myself hanging around more with Black girls and boys I became more aware of their communities. They seemed to love all the things my community didn’t like about me….first thing they would point out was my dark skin then comment on how beautiful they thought my complexion was….It was so odd and refreshing to here people love what the people most close to me despised. The black communities took me as their own and saw me more of their own more than my community did. So it’s important that I give credit where it is due because had it not been for my black friends/community I don’t think I would have grown to love myself the way I have today. Not to say that these communities don’t have issues with colourism and european beauty ideals haunting them…because they do and I have seen my beautiful black female friend suffer the most from this. 

My point is my self love came from seeing women that looked like me on the screen and from a community that wasn’t one I was originally from. But no way on this earth can I say certain family members or the South Asian Community helped me to love myself. If anything they had tried to destroy me.

spoilery question

Ok, I got a book 2 spoilery question (like major spoilery) and I still have people who are like HOW DARE YOU SPOIL THE BOOKS YOU JERK in my asks, so I’m going to put the question and answer below the line thingy: 

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Every time I see people saying #unfairandlovely is for dark skin south Asians and not the light skin ones, I get so heated.

People have unique experiences. That light skin person from the northest part of India or Pakistan has even lighter skinned relatives that make them feel inadequate. These people also rub fair and lovely on their faces and avoid the sun. They also cry at night and pray they get lighter.

Even Malala Yousafzai, who many would consider to be light skin desi, talks about how she feels too dark compared to her best friend in her book. Her father was ashamed of his dark skin and she inherited the same.

Just because light skin Desis made fun of us and Bollywood/ Hollywood brainwashes us, it does not invalidate others’ experiences and feelings.

Miss me with that bullshit.

Not all South East Asians are dark, you don’t need to co-opt on the brown skin movement just because it’s trending. Stop talking about loving your melanin when you’re only slightly tanner than other Asians. You’re taking up space for people that are actually considered dark and treated more harshly in the community

Also let’s not act like nbpoc didn’t start talking about loving their “melanin” until Black people did

Colourism in South and South-East Asia

By Radha Wahyuwidayat

The first time I visited my family in Indonesia, I was 13, and I was told by an uncle that my skin was considered ‘traditional’. To clarify, this was meant as an insult. In my family’s house, whitening products sat tellingly on nearly every surface, and I struggled to find products that did not contain chemical-filled, carcinogenic bleach.

Once when I went into a store looking for moisturiser (“without whitening”, I stressed), the woman behind the counter proceeded to laugh at me. More pronounced than the amusement in her voice was the genuine confusion in her eyes: my request made no sense. The idea that I would actively choose not to whiten my skin was incomprehensible.

Whitening products constitute a multi-million dollar industry in Asian countries. Colourism, or social and economic discrimination based on skin tone, is entrenched in cultures across South and South-East Asia, with products to match.  Colourism differs from racism in that it can fester among people of the same racial group, against those of certain ethnicities and castes. The woman who laughed at me from across the counter no doubt learnt from a young age that light skinned women married more easily, had better job prospects and generally fared better in society. Like my uncle, she was conditioned to view my skin as ugly. Like my female relatives, the social and economic burdens of dark skin led her to seek refuge in a tub of noxious bleaching cream.

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anonymous asked:

that anon probablynever even saw woc.... imegine him with a dark skin girl damn, or an east asian girl, or a south asian beauty, or just a woc I LOVE it

It’s gonna for real happen. I know it.

#TheDarkSkinnedGoddessProject created by @thelifeofasocialbutterfly via http://instagram.com/thelifeofasocialbutterfly

Interpretation of #TheDarkSkinnedGoddessProject by @heleenatatoos / via http://instagram.com/heleenatattoos

Growing up South Asian you’re constantly made to feel as if Western aesthetics are more beautiful, especially in terms of skin color. Why is it that all deities are depicted with “fair and lovely” skin? We are a melanin blessed race, and how beautiful are these dark skinned goddesses?🌸
Huge admiration and respect for @thelifeofasocialbutterfly for initiating such an original and inspiring project with such a real message🙌🏾 Hats off for this genius project✨

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Since equity says “Such an audition notice almost certainly violates Actors’ Equity rules, which state that producers must “provide full and fair consideration to actors of all ethnicities and sex.”” then here’s some things I want now that we can do this

  • A hijabi elphaba who is as much ostracized by her green skin as much her hijabi.  (edit: witchcraft is banned in Islam so let’s find another way to include them in the arts!!!) 
  • While we’re at it make glinda a boy too to show that men can be interested in what would be considered “feminine” things 
  • A boy playing Maria cause wouldn’t West Side Story be better if it was a gay love story (edit: someone also mentioned making Tony a girl which is rad!)
  • A Mexican playing Tateh in Ragtime and converting to Judaism and the immigrant ensemble made up of hispanics and asians crossing the border or being “fresh off the boat”
  • A dark skinned girl playing Johanna and the reason Sweeney talks of her paleness is cause he’s never seen the child
  • WB actual middle eastern people playing the roles in aladdin instead of other races appropriating their culture
  • A South Asian girl playing Rapunzel with her long braided hair.
  • An Asian Moritz who’s parents as well as society expect him to do so well on his exams only to fail and have people say “aren’t you supposed to be good at math, you’re asian.”

Feel free to add more because i’d love to see everyone’s casting calls!!!

anonymous asked:

Read the Lunar Chronicles! It's a fantastic book series, and I love how literally half the cast are PoCs and they get rid of the idea that white = beautiful. Winter Hayle, who is literally called the most beautiful woman in the galaxy, is a dark-skinned, half-black/half South Asian woman; compare that to her stepmother, Levana, who, though she's mixed-race, tries to appear "white-passing", ie, red hair and pale skin, but fails to convince anyone of her beauty. It's great that way, tbh.

Oh yes! I really liked the first three books but I never got around to reading the last one. I think like you too, anon.  

A short summary: 

It’s a kind-of-dystopian retelling of classic fairytales (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White), where “Cinderella” and her prince are east asian, with Snow White being the character the anon described.

I think it could do a little better (there could be LGBT+ rep, for example), but as far as I remember it’s a good read.

Mod A.


Chloe Chotrani, March 2016.

#UnfairandLovely; A social campaign that celebrates dark skin. A transgression against the belief that fair skin is the most attractive. In response to the advertising around several South Asian countries that promote skin whitening products, leading to people who eventually bleach their skin.

Inspired by a campaign project by Mirusha Yogarajah whom posted a series of images of her South Asian sisters; “promoting colorism and the under-representation of people of color on the media.” Her series “Unfair & Lovely” inspired the hashtag campaign #UnfairandLovely named after the Indian skin-lightening cream Fair and Lovely.

Unfortunately, fair skin has blindly become a yearning for many South Asians. Rather than a focus on complexion; we should commit to blurring the lines of these boundaries that divide people. To dream of a world where people are judged not by color but by their character.

Photography and hair by Inez Moro/ Makeup by Krista Roma/ Assisted by May Valderamma and Grai Alvar