indian desi girls

shoutout to all the girls who have ever felt like the ugly one in their group of lighter skinned friends, shoutout to all the girls that have ever purchased skin bleach products to make their skin lighter, shoutout to all the girls who have watched diy videos on youtube just to find a way to be light, shoutout to all the girls who have been told they were ugly bc their skin was darker than others, shoutout to all the girls who don’t go out in the sun anymore in fear of getting darker, shoutout to all the girls that wear sunscreen, long sleeves, etc. to avoid the sun from touching their skin, shoutout to all the girls who are dark-skinned, bc they are beautiful & deserve better

Character: Cece Parekh 

From: New Girl 

Representation: Indian, LGBTQIA+ 

Their Importance: Cece is probably one of the best portrayals of an Indian character that I’ve seen on TV. Most of the portrayals I’ve seen have been incredibly stereotypical - characters are uptight, awkward, and have thick stereotypical accents, and aren’t often shown in a positive way. However, with Cece we have a character who is Indian, and this isn’t stereotyped. Instead, when they show her background, it is done in a casual - and in my opinion - often realistic way. Her wedding/engagement is shown to honor her culture (along with her husband Schmidt’s Jewish traditions), she’s shown wearing saris at special occasions, and it’s shown as just a part of her character. This is small, but she’s also a model and to see a desi who’s not in a medical/engineering/lawyer profession is amazing; as we (and stereotypical portrayals of us) tend to focus on that a lot. 

She’s also shown to be LGBTQIA+ - when she meets her ex, Reagan, the two explain that they were together about 10 years ago, and they have a friendly relationship afterwards. Cece never explicitly states her sexuality, but knowing that there is a queer Indian character on tv makes me happy. As a bi Indian, I cling to both Indian and queer characters, and to see one who is both queer and Indian - and is treated like every other character and not a stereotype - makes me feel more validated myself.