Tyra Banks Show Black Women & Their Children Bleaching Their Skin

B. Honaist | September 20, 2008 | 121 Comments

Tyra Banks Show Black Women & Their Children Bleaching Their Skin

Tyra Banks Show Black Women & Their Children Bleaching Their Skin - Tyra Banks recently focused an episode of her show on black women bleaching their skin and their children.The episode was controversial and pretty shocking,you can watch it,after the jump.


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  1. black and proud says:

    it’s sad how far darker skin black women will go just to be lightskinned. they should just accept who they are and the skin God gave them to work with and just be proud. ppl come in different shapes,sizes, and skin tones, they just happen to have darker skin and they just need to realize that they can’t change that. if lighter skinned ppl make fun of them, they should twist it back at the lightskinned person and make fun of them that they’re so light with no pigment. lighterskinned is not better at all in anyway, and we’re all equal. and i feel even more sad for the fools who make fun of darker skin. white ppl prefer lighterskinned ppl just because they’re closer to their own skin tone which is really stupid. every1 is beautiful in their own way. but what do i know? i guess i’m just another lightskinned girl.

  2. Me says:

    Society needs to accept dark skin women so this can stop having

  3. leigh says:

    i knew racism goes on. but ppl be racist about the certain skin tone? that’s sad.

  4. Zoe says:

    This is a shame! One girl talks of stereotypes behind being dark skinned; however she wasn’t able to give any example. People are only stereotyped consistently because of their appearance. I was over looked in elementary school by girls because I was dark, but in retrospect I appreciate the minimal attention. Dark skin is beautiful I makes us unique. Light skin blends…Color is more appealing to me than anything.
    Poor kids. As boys we’re going to do whatever Mom says because its about making her happy, and its a shame when they take advantage of their nieveaty(made up word…lol)

  5. Zoe says:

    CHILD ABUSE she’s altering the children’s perceptions on color, which is how racism and prejudice is established….Sad

  6. anonymous says:

    I know how it feels to be dark skinned, but I don’t think that gives me a reason to bleach my skin. It’s sad to see darker skinned women doing this and it needs to be stopped. I am happy that Tyra took her time out to address this issue because maybe other women who weren’t on the show, and that do bleach their skin will think about how this can affect them.

  7. DkSkinBeauty says:

    While we’re at it, Tyra’s picture on this page looks a little “lightened.” She may not use bleach, but trust…they use special lighting on the set, make up, and other technological methods to enhance or brighten the black pigmentation on TV so, I’m suprised Tyra didn’t present the “whole” issue here. People act like this is JUST a black thing, but Asians, Hispanics, and YES…WHITE people bleach their skin as well (maybe more so than blacks…they aren’t all gathered under the tanning beds). And while I’m on the subject, let’s note the many surgical procedures some whites go through to obtain features that are typical of the black race such as full lips and bigger butts (butt implants). This show/episode would have been more effective if it was well-rounded and based on the need to love one’s self while being able to appreciate the beauty and the differences of others.

  8. sexxiescorp says:

    I find this very sad that these children r doin this. Dark skin is very beautiful but it took me a long time 2 realize that. I am now a proud dark skinned woman but when i was younger i wanted 2 b that cute light skinned black girl because that was what people considered pretty. At school all the lighter skinned girls got the cute boys just 4 being light even if they weren’t cute. Hopefully these beautiful dark skinned girls will realize how beautiful they r just like i did.

  9. shanice isaacs says:

    It really is a shame that the women on the show class light skin as beautifull, but the ironic thing about it was i strongly believed that the women on the show are pretty without the bleaching cream. i can see where they are coming from because they have been bullied which brings down their self esteem. i especially see why the women classes light skinned as beautiful because of their past experiences. There is one lady there which thinks she is ugly because she isn’t lighter but she has been taught that way by her mother so we should not judge, i belive its the media fault and you don’t see that many dark skinned models!!! I am black and proud and i would go out with men of any colour even dark skinned men!!! i think that its ridiculous not to go out with a dark skinned person just because you don’t want a dark baby…. thats bull!!! There was a point where i to used this cream but it weren’t bleaching cream it was the one to get rid of acne. but my friends started seeing a change in my complexion and so did my mum!!! as it got 2 shades lighter so i have stopped using this cream because i do not want to get lighter… i love the complexion god has given to me!! AND YOU SHOULD TOO! :)

  10. KeNeshia Johnson says:

    What I think is how the way people do to act like there skin is not good enough for other people and if you can read a book that I readed is “THE SKIN I’M IN” by Sharon Flake. And what she did is make you love your skin than have someone talk about you than you say you are beauty in yourself in life is not good for me but to make a changes in yourself. That has to deal with many more to out over doing the way’s for you to hate the love to kill the love that means you hate yourself to kill yourself even more to love your skin becuase the way you show it to the world.

  11. Candace says:

    Wow! I missed this episode and will try too catch it on youtube. Myself being a dark skinned woman …I can say I am proud of. People always stare at my skin and tell me how flawless and how beautiful it is. Ha Ha I don’t see exactly what they see in the flawlessness (is that a word, lol) but I have now come to a point that I LOVE BEING MY BLACK SELF (AMEN!). The sad thing though is when kids tease other kids for being dark….My friend Iyana who is sooo beautiful told me she used to get teased and I was shoked !!! My prayer is that God uses me to reach black women and pull them out of the pit and yell from the mountain tops “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” I enjoyed reading your post. Pray for me!

  12. Sylvan says:

    Black brothers and sisters please do not be responsible for promoting that slave mentality, the colonial mindset of those who so cruelly stripped our ancestors of everything they were. Be proud of who you are, does it matter what ‘shade of Black’ you are?

  13. giggles says:

    I didnt see the episode but in this picture tyra’s hair is “bleached” so who is she to point fingers?

  14. pop says:

    giggles! tyra is speaking about SKIN not HAIR!

  15. abby says:

    somebody should have called child protective services…..poor children she is going to scar them…….all those women need to except how they are there all crazy

  16. klniki says:

    i think Tyra bleaches her skin too she so light skined and she has straight hair

  17. Bob says:

    Its very disturbing to see blacks doing this to themselves and their children, it shows complete self hatred for themselves. Who knows how many other black women are hiding this scary secret. But people like Tyra banks shouldn’t be pointing fingers, look at her also, She’s been wearing the same old blond weave for years like beyonce and they probably bleach themselves also, All famous blacks tend to go for a Eurocentric image nowadays. Sad but true

  18. Esther says:

    Tyra Banks should be the last to talk about these kind of subjects. She is so phony, all her life she wears nothing but hair that looks like another race, and am sure that she bleaches also, people like her train stupid black women not to like themselves and there blessed colour.She Tyra is a mess with the false hair longer than white women hair, fake eyelashes its sucha a shame to see some of us. Any contestant that goes on her Next top model show looking afrocentric always has to change their style to look Eurocentric. So what the hell she is trying to prove.

  19. mimi says:

    im a 15 year old brown skin girl and i can honestly say that i always wanted to be light skin. when your light skin you are considered pretty and you get special attention and when you ‘re darker you’re considered ugly

  20. taneshia says:

    well, Tyra let me say this as an African American your self, that topic was well off, Instead of you embracing them, you turn around and said being lightskinned makes you have more rights over dark skin. Tyra did you look in the mirror lately?? Your skin appears to lighten over the years, and your hair is blond than a blond head what about your nose job? (That’s beginning to thin) society has our world mess up, all of this comes from slavery days when the light skinned women worked inside the house (still as a slave) and the darker skin women worked outside the white men started rapping them making them their mistress (still did not care for them ) then mix breed children started to pop up and ignorant black people thought that was the thing , the closets thing to white, making their darker kids live with hatred, learn your history.Beauty does not come with a color look the word up. Solange is a ugly version of Beyonce and light is her child is he is funny looking. Celebrities tone their skin everyday whats wrong with that?

  21. malayah says:

    man black is beautiful. we come in all shapes, colors and sizes. it doesn’t matter what color ur skin is. i blame the videos for this. dark skinned ppl she these beautiful lightskinned girls getting all the attention when they need to realized that we get the most abuse too and half of these light girls in these rap videos and magazines arent even lightskinned african americans. they all spanish, mixed raced girls who think they’re black.

  22. shanti syndrome says:

    I just need to say this.
    What in the WORLD do they think they are doing?
    BLEACHING to become LIGHTER so they can feel PRETTY?
    Woah, woah, woah.
    I’m a fifteen year old mixed child.
    Both my parents are mixed, my mum is Haitian and French, and my Dad is Puerto Rican and British.
    When I was younger, 6 or 7, I used to be fair, and everyone was like how cuuute.
    And always smiled at me, and blah.
    Then I went vacationing a lot in the Bahamas, Florida, Mexico.
    I got pretty darn dark.
    When I looked at the pictures when i was lighter, I looked in the mirror and said, “Why won’t this darkness fade away?”
    I have to admit, then I was a 12 year old child getting molded my society.
    But I look at myself now, and I smile.
    I’m cute the way I am, I love the skin that I’m in, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
    I don’t need to DIE to be fair.
    And even if I was lighter, I think I would get the same attention that I do now.
    That’s how confident I am.
    And those ladies need to somehow learn that before it’s too late.

  23. boricua says:

    blacks ar black.. bleaching is shameful, tyra is black’she has fake hair.

  24. PROUDOFBEINGBLACK says:

    i fell soo bad for them . but i also think that they should be a shamed of them self. im black and ppl call me BURNED, N-WORD lots of other stuff it only makes me stronger and fell better about my self, they should be proud of them self for being black. and to the woman with kids who say my kids will have better chances in the future with white skin is CRAP… ur intelligent is not in your skin or religion but in your head ur brain.. too everyone it doesent matter how u look. u can be whatever u want if u fight for it. u can be stupied as black or white doesent matter!!!

    – proud black person (:

  25. rebecca says:

    I am so sad to hear all of this. I grew up with my light skinned family especially the men telling me how pretty I was because I am dark, I am from the south and never felt ashamed of being dark I think it is wonderful. I am the only black girl i know who loves to lay in the sun. But so what to hell with all those men who only want to date a light skinned girl. here is something to think about ….. why do you think so many cultures love black women….. no matter the color? maybe the see something we don’t. Dark skin is wonderful be yourself

  26. Debbie from Gainesville says:

    I was so overwhelmed by this. I’m a medium complexion but at times I’ve been called light skinned and red but I’m not. I know what these women are talking about but I was so happy to hear the other positive comments on Tyra’s show. THERE’S A WONDERFUL DOCUMENATARY WE ALL AT LEAST THESE WOMEN SHOULD SEE- IT’S CALLED THE JOURNEY OF MAN. In this documentary scientist proved from DNA evidence that ALL PEOPLE- BLACK & WHITE CAME FROM AFRICAN BLACK ANCESTORS. It was something to see but these WHITE scientist, geneologist, DNA specialist traced the oldest human lifeforms from tribes in Africa and that because of migration after thousands of years due to inbreeding within the races our skin tones, hair everything changed. America is the problem- a country so infected with racism and too proud to admit that Whites came from Blacks but it’s true. Even the White Polar bear came from the Brown Grizzly bear so there’s no need for anyone of color to feel inferior. If you would like more information anyone can email me at Indyaari@yahoo.$$m I love India Arie’s music and she’ very dark skinned but she accepted herself long ago.

  27. Indya says:

    I was so overwhelmed by this. I’m a medium complexion but at times I’ve been called light skinned and red but I’m not. I know what these women are talking about but I was so happy to hear the other positive comments on Tyra’s show. THERE’S A WONDERFUL DOCUMENATARY WE ALL AT LEAST THESE WOMEN SHOULD SEE- IT’S CALLED THE JOURNEY OF MAN. In this documentary scientist proved from DNA evidence that ALL PEOPLE- BLACK & WHITE CAME FROM AFRICAN BLACK ANCESTORS. It was something to see but these WHITE scientist, geneologist, DNA specialist traced the oldest human lifeforms from tribes in Africa and that because of migration after thousands of years due to inbreeding within the races our skin tones, hair everything changed. America is the problem- a country so infected with racism and too proud to admit that Whites came from Blacks but it’s true. Even the White Polar bear came from the Brown Grizzly bear so there’s no need for anyone of color to feel inferior. If you would like more information anyone can email me at Indyaari@yahoo.$$m I love India Arie’s music and she’ very dark skinned but she accepted herself long ago.

  28. Marie says:

    I was so overwhelmed by this. I’m a medium complexion but at times I’ve been called light skinned and red but I’m not. I know what these women are talking about but I was so happy to hear the other positive comments on Tyra’s show. THERE’S A WONDERFUL DOCUMENATARY WE ALL AT LEAST THESE WOMEN SHOULD SEE- IT’S CALLED THE JOURNEY OF MAN. In this documentary scientist proved from DNA evidence that ALL PEOPLE- BLACK & WHITE CAME FROM AFRICAN BLACK ANCESTORS. It was something to see but these WHITE scientist, geneologist, DNA specialist traced the oldest human lifeforms from tribes in Africa and that because of migration after thousands of years due to inbreeding within the races our skin tones, hair everything changed.. America is the problem- a country so infected with racism and too proud to admit that Whites came from Blacks but it’s true. Even the White Polar bear came from the Brown Grizzly bear so there’s no need for anyone of color to feel inferior. If you would like more information anyone can email me at Indyaari@yahoo.$$m I love India Arie’s music and she’ very dark skinned but she accepted herself long ago.

  29. D says:

    how do you get white from breeding black on black for thousands of years??? You’re ridiculous, LOL! If I mixed dark colors together for years, it would still be dark would it not?! WTF are you talking about? LMAO!

  30. Ann says:

    D, you obviously didn’t pay attention in school. It’s called EVOLUTION! Because people migrated to different areas with different climates, their needs changed. They no longer required the protection of dark skin because they moved away from the equator. (farther away from the sun). It’s about adaptation. It’s the reason that many asians have such specialized eyes, at the time, it offered protection from the environment. It’s why africans have thick curly hair, that grows toward the sky. (how practical would long, silky, hair be in the savanna? It would get all stringy, sweaty and greasy in the sun. It’s advantageous for blacks to have such specialized hair that stays grease-free longer than other races). ——–The first humans were africans. Some moved. Those that moved, changed because the environment changed. ——-We have to fight ignorance on all fronts!

  31. Vixen says:

    i’m a 16 yr old girl and i feel ugly because i’m dark and all the boys want the light skin gilrls. i neva used to feel this way until i started to notice that all the girls in the media are all light skinned and coz i want to be a video girl, all the girls are all light and i feel like y wasnt i light. many dark skinned girls dont get very far

  32. dishayo THATS Fucked UP says:

    What Da Hell is Wrong WITH THESE HO3S??? Stupid as IGNORANT DUMB B!TCHES!!!!! THEY Should be ashame Of There Self BLEACHING!!! I HOPE THEY DIE!!!! THIS DOESNT MAKE NO SENSE AT ALL!!!!!! and Ashanti is NOT LIGHT Skin she’s Brown!!!!

  33. arianna says:

    I understand where these women are coming from im a brown skin person and i want to be lighter. I believe that the problem is also with categorizing. She’s brown skin, she’s caramel, she’s cinnamon. It’s also the same problem with white people I asked a girl that I worked with the other day why do you always tan? Her response in fact shocked me. She said because darker skin makes everything look better like your hair, your teeth, even your nails, look at you u have dark skin and your beautiful. I was like wow. So im trying to be lighter not so much white but a lighter shade of brown because i live in florida where there is alot of sun. It does make me alot darker than i want to. I understand where she’s coming from b/c even as are browner person I have dark skin friends and that is exactly the reactions they get from dudes. Where the guys but them out the conversations and ignore them. I also have a light skin friend if u go in the order of who gets the most attention. light, brown, dark. And its not fair. Bleaching ur kids is extreme and so is a skin suit. So yeah these girls have problems but alot of people are acting like they can’t understand that.

  34. Misodzi Sithole says:

    I refuse to describe my colour because that is a social construct. I am what I am, a very proud African woman with the so-called nappy hair and very proud of what the creator gave me.

    I am also a mother of three daughters whom I have brought up to be proud of their bodies and not to mess it up with the artificial products that have flooded the market. They are intelligent and talented young women and if people do not appreciate them for what is in their brains, that is no loss to them. It just means they would have been blessed to avoid people with such a shallow perception of what beauty is.

    Of course, I have grounded them in the study of construction of race and the reasons behind it. Maybe, that is where all of us, parents, media and anyone passionate about our shades in all its tones, should start from. With education comes understanding and the power to resist being forced to accept this false aesthetic that most have succumbed to.

  35. Shevot says:

    Oh, this just broke my heart. I am in tears especially behind the boys. I don’t understand. I am a black woman myself and medium complexion. I have sisters who are lighter and some who are darker, it is sad that these women feel that they are not beautiful because of the color. My sister is dark and she is so beautiful and gets attention for her looks, it is about how you carry and present yourself. Skin does not make you beautiful. It is sad that society places a higher value on lighter skinned women. I have seen it with my own eyes an average to ugly looking light woman will get attention before an average to pretty dark one. It happens, but it should not define yourself. There is always someone who will love and accept you. My boyfriend happens to be Hispanic and I do date inter racially Latin men more often than not this is a cultural choice and not a racial one and all shades of skin are beautiful.

  36. Badgirl says:

    Ha ha!…Tyra is a black cattle calling itself…shame on you Tyra.You are one of the examples why black women bleach themselves and then you talk…ha ha… I read all the fake lies about how she claim to be a native..lol..Both her parents are actually dark black. But she is as white as me…ha ha….

  37. chris is a devil says:

    chris is an idiot for beating such a lovely girl

  38. Kat says:

    The mother who makes her 3 sons bleach their skin is not fit to raise them. It’s one thing to expose oneself to these chemicals in a twisted attempt to make yourself beautiful but to do this to her young boys is truly despicable.

    Tyra has no business helming such a discussion. Have you seen her high school picture? Google it. And if you think it’s false, she participated in her biography story on some channel and we saw her high school picture from a distance but you could easily tell that it was the same one that is online. She has a HUGE forehead which she hides under wigs/weaves which tend to be very blonde. Her nose before her rhinoplasty was HUGE as well, shockingly huge and she has gotten lighter over the years. I’ve seen red carpet photos and she has “ghost face” in many of them.

    Black female celebrities like Tyra and Beyonce do such a disservice to black women and are not role models. Beyonce is actually a spokesperson for L’Oreal hair color when she sports wigs/weaves 99.9% of the time. It’s absurd. She also got a nose job and if you look at the original print ad for L’Oreal, she looks whitewashed and totally different than her candid pics and not in a good way. She’s pathetic. She loves to receive adulation for how she looks but it’s all fake.

    Dark skin is gorgeous. I say this as a mixed woman. Liya Kebede and Yasmine Warsame are among the most beautiful models in the industry. They are dark-skinned and gorgeous. Yet, in so many photoshoots and on the catwalk, the makeup artists try so desperately to make their skin lighter and they wind up having that awful grey skin color like the guests on Tyra’s show. The photographers also use lighting to make them appear far less dark in skin color.

    I can’t believe there is so much discrimination and prejudice based on something that is so trivial. Sure, phenotype is interesting but beauty comes from within. Brown skin is due to melanin, black people have more of it. It isn’t a curse, it’s a blessing. Black women, for the most part, age much more beautifully than white women because the melanin slows the progression of wrinkles hence the saying “black don’t crack” which cracks me up.

    My younger sister and I have olive skin and our hair is naturally curly and flowing and we would get so many dirty looks from black women especially as young girls. In addition to that, we would hear hissing and snapping coming from many black women/girls for no reason other than that they resented our light skin and hair. You have no idea how many black women have come up to us and asked us where we got our hair done? As if it can be replicated in a salon. They know it can’t and so they ask because it implies we are fake as well.

    This kind of attitude and behavior is not unique, women of latin and asian descent also resort to outrageous means in a pathetic attempt to be lighter. The Geisha is an extreme but it’s makeup but there is a definite trend to be lighter and their are services which are easily accessible and commonplace where women can get their skin bleached with a variety of treatments.

    Eva Longoria was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and spoke of how she wasn’t pretty like her sisters because she was the darkest one with the darkest complexion and hair and how that changed in college. Lovely story! :(

    Look at popular hispanic soap operas where there is a predominance of blonde-haired, light-eyed characters. Is it a real reflection of Latinos/Latinas? Me thinks not.

    Despite some improvement, there is still so much bigotry stemming from this idiotic way of thinking. You are less likely to see a black model on the runway than you were ten years ago. How’s that for progress?!

    Shame on people for perpetuating these falsities about beauty and ideal standards of beauty. They all deserve a good tongue-lashing and more!

  39. Kat says:

    The mother who makes her 3 sons bleach their skin is not fit to raise them. It’s one thing to expose oneself to these chemicals in a twisted attempt to make yourself beautiful but to do this to her young boys is truly despicable.

    Tyra has no business helming such a discussion. Have you seen her high school picture? Google it. And if you think it’s false, she participated in her biography story on some channel and we saw her high school picture from a distance but you could easily tell that it was the same one that is online. She has a HUGE forehead which she hides under wigs/weaves which tend to be very blonde. Her nose before her rhinoplasty was HUGE as well, shockingly huge and she has gotten lighter over the years. I’ve seen red carpet photos and she has “ghost face” in many of them.

    Black female celebrities like Tyra and Beyonce do such a disservice to black women and are not role models. Beyonce is actually a spokesperson for L’Oreal hair color when she sports wigs/weaves 99.9% of the time. It’s absurd. She also got a nose job and if you look at the original print ad for L’Oreal, she looks whitewashed and totally different than her candid pics and not in a good way. She’s pathetic. She loves to receive adulation for how she looks but it’s all fake.

    Dark skin is gorgeous. I say this as a mixed woman. Liya Kebede and Yasmine Warsame are among the most beautiful models in the industry. They are dark-skinned and gorgeous. Yet, in so many photoshoots and on the catwalk, the makeup artists try so desperately to make their skin lighter and they wind up having that awful grey skin color like the guests on Tyra’s show. The photographers also use lighting to make them appear far less dark in skin color.

    I can’t believe there is so much discrimination and prejudice based on something that is so trivial. Sure, phenotype is interesting but beauty comes from within. Brown skin is due to melanin, black people have more of it. It isn’t a curse, it’s a blessing. Black women, for the most part, age much more beautifully than white women because the melanin slows the progression of wrinkles hence the saying “black don’t crack” which cracks me up.

    My younger sister and I have olive skin and our hair is naturally curly and flowing and we would get so many dirty looks from black women especially as young girls. In addition to that, we would hear hissing and snapping coming from many black women/girls for no reason other than that they resented our light skin and hair. You have no idea how many black women have come up to us and asked us where we got our hair done? As if it can be replicated in a salon. They know it can’t and so they ask because it implies we are fake as well.

    This kind of attitude and behavior is not unique, women of latin and asian descent also resort to outrageous means in a pathetic attempt to be lighter. The Geisha is an extreme but it’s makeup but there is a definite trend to be lighter and their are services which are easily accessible and commonplace where women can get their skin bleached with a variety of treatments.

    Eva Longoria was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and spoke of how she wasn’t pretty like her sisters because she was the darkest one with the darkest complexion and hair and how that changed in college. Lovely story! :(

    Look at popular hispanic soap operas where there is a predominance of blonde-haired, light-eyed characters. Is it a real reflection of Latinos/Latinas? Me thinks not.

    Despite some improvement, there is still so much bigotry stemming from this idiotic way of thinking. You are less likely to see a black model on the runway than you were ten years ago. How’s that for progress?!

    Shame on people for perpetuating these falsities about beauty and ideal standards of beauty. They all deserve a good tongue-lashing and more!

  40. bookloe says:

    if they wanna do it n they feel comfortalble doing it let it be n let them do it it shitttttt bleaching is awsome

  41. Heidi says:

    Why is this about skin and black women. I am a white woman, don’t tan, mom died of skin cancer. But I have never liked my looks. I have no b$$$s and a big butt and have struggled with weight issues all my life. Isn’t this really about the media and the media’s idea of beauty. Beauty is only Skin Deep. I know that is a trite saying but it is still holds true!! Look at Susan Boyle!!

  42. THELMA says:

    I BLEACH MY SKIN BECAUSE EVERYONE COMPLIMENTS ME ON HOW GREAT I LOOK WHEN I AM LIGHTER
    MY HUSBAND FELL IN LOVE WITH ME BUT COMPLETELY ADORES MY SKIN COLOUR
    I CAN’T CHANGE MY SKIN TONE NOW CAUSE HE KNOWS ME AS BEING LIGHT

    BOTTOM LINE IS IF YOU ARE UGLY, NOBODY NOTICES WHEN U ARE LIGHT SKIN

  43. KAREN says:

    ‘TO ERASE THEIR ETHNICITY’ GIVE ME A BREAK TYRA!
    U HAD YOUR NOSE DONE, TO ME THAT’S MUCH WORSE THAN SKIN BLEACH WHICH IS NOT PERMANENT

    AND I CAN BET MY LAST DOLLAR YOU TYRA ARE ALSO ONE OF THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WOMEN WHO ARE CLOSET BLEACHERS WHO ARE REPULSED BY THE ACT IN PUBLIC BUT PRIVATELY BLEACH EVERY DAY, DO U THINK U WOULD HAVE DONE AS WELL AS YOU HAVE IF U WERE BLACK ?
    DO U THINK BEYONCE WOULD BE SO SUCCESFUL?
    C’MON NOW, LETS NO LIE TO OURSELVES

  44. aliza says:

    it’ s sad

  45. Random says:

    Tyra’s shows are rarely credible. Just there for shock value and one-dimensional arguments. I’m sick of all this negativity towards people of light brown skn complexion, we get our fair share of nastyness from other pps as well, just for being light-skinned, but that never gets focused on…

  46. koko says:

    The picture of Tyra with the blone hair is a weave. Its all fake. She has natural hair. Don’t believe me, check out her episode called “What is good hair”. She has her natural hair braided.

  47. gabrielle says:

    i just looked at this site and tyras show. When are we going to love every tone in this life? If you think about it every one wants attention in some way and love.
    Right now light skin women are getting more attention in all types of media so it is understood why us black females are hurt sometimes. SHAME ON YOU(media) FOR ACTING LIKE YOU DON’T SEE THAT.If the individuals will find that LOVE AND ATTENTION it should die down the idea of skin tone bringing happiness.
    The idea that turning light brings love and attention is very depressing and ignorant. Maybe our family,friends or yourself may hint that notion of “light is right” remember you are still human. light skinned as well as dark skinned people get played in dating too,feel the same rejections from partners.For example Hallie berry’s previous relationship and Kobe Briant with his wife. When it goes down it is all about personality. What you portray on the outside may not match the unique person you are . i hope other can look at this and see another side as i can relate as a black woman myself.

  48. Chris says:

    Tyra and Beyonce did not have nose jobs. There is nothing wrong with dyeing one’s hair. If a White (Caucasian) person is allowed to dye their hair, then so can a Black (African American) person. People’s skin color can also naturally be a little lighter over time. Not to mention…different lighting in pictures can make people look darker or lighter. Thus, the people here criticizing Tyra and Beyonce for causing and or contributing to these stupid racist problems in America are ridiculous. That’s just jealousy speaking there.

  49. JamaicanBeauty says:

    man, i was fine watching this video until after 20 min of it i couldnt help bt start crying.
    I suddently felt overwhelmed with all the emotions these girls go through….people say that they should just accept what God gave them, but its so much more easier said than done. To me its like hiding from air, this concept of lighter is better is everywhere. I wouldnt take these measures as the girls above, but my dark chocolate skin is just going to make me stronger as a human bein and i’ll be damned if i hear anyone else tell me im not good enough because God destined me for greatness and its greatness that i will acheive

  50. Lindsae says:

    There is a lot more to beauty than the shade of your skin. Some of those women on the stage are much more beautiful than some light skinned women I know. If you have a crooked nose, beedy eyes, thin lips, big ears, etc. it doesn’t matter what skin colour you have…just being honest. We need to stop idolizing a Barbie doll sense of beauty. White women are trying to be Black with their lip injections and tans…Black are trying to be white with skin bleaching and weaves. Just love who you are….or embrace the multicultural world we live in where people are beautiful in all different shades, etc. I am goign to blame society for buying and marketing these products, supporting a movie industry where you can only become A-list or get your own show with light skin, teachers who have books in their classrooms like Cinderella and not a multicultural version or other books. There is a lot more than what we saw on this show. Take responsibility and look deep within yourself…that’s where beauty lies. And to all the Blacks reading this…stop describing yourself, your sister, mom, grandmother, girlfriend, wife, daughter as a “shade”…use their name!!!

  51. Francesca says:

    Wow tyra looks like a white person with a bad spray on orange tan.

    BTW, light skin has been a pan cultural preference long long before colonialism.

  52. Kakes says:

    I got an idea, why don’t BLACK PEOPLE period accept each other ……then we wont have this problem.

  53. Kakes says:

    Acceptance starts in your own race first.

  54. blacky says:

    i have a very dark skin from head to toe and fellow black women and women of other race stops me to say “your skin is beautiful .guys of all race stare and some tell me i’m beautiful.of all , i know i’m beautiful so i dont need these people to tell me so because i know i’m.we should all be comfortable with our skin then you would be attractive to others

  55. TJ says:

    Wow, I cried throughout this show. I grew up wishing I had darker skin because my mom had Ebony brown skin and she was beautiful. When I was about 14 my best friend who is dark skinned told me she wished she was my color and I remember being shocked and I told her I wished I was her color because I thought she was way more prettier than me. I have since fell in love with the skin I am in. And so has she.

  56. Karimi says:

    Bob Marley said ” Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery non but ourselves can free our minds”. The next thing that Tyra needs to tackle is the issue on hair. Having weaves, wigs, straightening our hair, perm and all that so we can look closer to the white girl. If we don’t like the natural hair that God gave us, then how can we love our skin colour? Of course there are deep Psychological issues going on here. Some people do these things without even knowing why. Their grandparents did it, their parents do it, so they just continue the pattern. I recommend a book called ” Black Rage” by black psychologists William H. Grier and Price M. Cobbs.

  57. Tonya says:

    I was dark as coals for a grill, and I hated it everyday of the week. my advice to anyone who doesnt like the way they look, change it. Dont let anyone make you live the way you dont feel happy. it migth be sad, but its your life and your body. While Tyra is talking about bleaching skin and how bad it is, why doesnt she talk about altering her african american nose. Nose jobs are another way to change your race, and blend in with the eurpoean whites. So if you want o bleach your skin do it, everyone has the right to do what makes them happy. And they should not be condemmed for it. If God doesnt judge, why should another human being judge?

  58. angela says:

    wooooooooooow nice interview, im a black girl from nigeria, i love my skin type, so much, the only way to love ur seif so much is to make ur skin look neat and beautiful, on ur skin. u don,t have to bleach it. but is so bad for the whilte people to look down on black people all becasue of the skin, i have see so many white people who go under the sun and want to get there skin brown, im marraide to a white man and he enjoy going under the sun. i just love my black skin colour and i want u all black to feel so much good about ur black colour and be proude about it.
    And i will also like to know the perfect cream to use for my black skin. im new in denmark and i could,nt get my body cream here in denmark. thanks angela

  59. Milly-Antoinet says:

    These women are victims of a society which is based on slavery of blacks. The Netherlands is also a society based on slavery of blacks but the blacks live for ages in an other country. Here I am light skinned black and no white man likes me. Because they love very, black women. Black as in purple black, Afrikan black. White Dutch men only like big, black women. But this also has something to do with another aspect of the society. They want coloured children, or a women who boss them around, or sometimes their choice is based on sex. They thing a black women can have all kind of sex the whole day long. So being very black in Holland will give you the possibility of having a white man with light colour-skin children. As I am very light-skinned I can not feel what these women feel, but still I can feel other pains because of I was the most light-skinned child in the family they always told me how ugly I am, how bad my hair is because I don’t have curls in my hair. My mom forgot that her father is white Dutch Jewish man, her mom also is white, my grandmom from father’s side is white Brahmin from India etc etc.
    This being to white or light skinned, give me a lot of problems. It eats my self -confident, it broke my life and I always believe I was so ugly as my family and mom and sisters etc always will tell me.
    But one day I discover that being lighter gives me more opportunities in a white society because I could get all the jobs I want, and also in a store I was always be treated with respect and don’t have to wait in long queues. Years later I learned from a friend that I do have something nice, I am a good and well-menared etc. person. So one that moment I learned that it was not my light skin gives me the opportunities in life, but it was the beauty inside of me.
    Maybe my English isn’t as well as yours, because we speaks Dutch in Holland, but I still hope a view of the women will understand that their is more in life. We all cary our pains and all we see on TV and the media is not real, is fake.
    So don’t turn into a fake person, but pls be yourself, cope with your pain and turn your scarfs into stars. I love how Maya Angelou turns her lemons into lemonade. Now I am almost 60 years old so I hope my wisdom and life experience will be something I can pass to you all.
    Have a wonderfull life because all the time you put into bleaching you can do something that makes you happier for that day.
    Take care, life is short………don’t loose a minute of loving yourself.
    Milly
    Rotterdam – Holland

  60. Michelle says:

    wow this video made me tear up . I want to say lighter skinned people dont understand what us darker skinned girls go threw but it wouldnt be true. Kids when in elementary get teased all the time I was one of them that got teased. I remember when ii was in jr, high school back in 7th and 8th grade, a boy called be black and ugly (copying the brand black and lovely) called me burnt and soo much scaring stuff that til this day makes me wanna soak in a tub of bleaching cream. It soo sad how we have rascism in our own race. The place we should have comfort in with people such as us. colored (which are indians, and hispanics) get teased for being mexican or a darker sometimes lighter shade. No offense to any white people but if they did not like our dark meloinine enriched skin, why do they tan to become darker since LiGHT is the best thing ever. My own cousin who bleaches her skin who wasnt that dark to begin with said to me once ” I wish i could bleach your skin for you so you could be light like everyone else in the house” As much as someone thinks those words are so what who cares…they stick with you forever. She even abandoned her own sister who is darker and told her ” You are not my sister your too dark” her other sister is lighter and she’d only buy presents for her.. My cousin is about 15 years older than her sisters, and now her sisters are in their mid 2o’s. I just wish that people would know i am more than my skin color. A Hispanic guy even told me he loves my skin color and darker, I am beautiful and I know it.. and even those who used to tease me in high school actually like me more than a friend so, yes us dark skinned woman got it going on…dont like no other blind mentally ignorant fool tell you otherwise. If you love god and we were made in his image why must you care your a god/goddess and god is beautiful and so are you =]

  61. Tia Mason says:

    For Tyra to present this episode on skin lightening and portray those who bleach their skin as having low self-esteem appears hypocritical. If we are going to speak the truth, then the whole truth must be spoken. I have old Victoria Secret catalogs of Tyra herself, and she was a cinnamon-brown-skinned beautiful lady. Now Tyra is light-skinned as (a lightly tanned) Mariah Carey. (And this is not primarily the result of cameras or lights.) It does not encourage people to stop lightening their skin when the person decrying this practice does it. It only confirms their belief that lighter skin is more desirable. What women (and men) need is to know themselves, to understand that their individual beauty has unique advantages, and to be confident in who they really are. To reply to one of the guest women on the show, what makes a person “hoochie” is behavior, how a person carries herself, not the skin color. When celebrities in the media are confident enough to embrace their natural skin color without capitulating to the entertainment industries’ expectations, then, the message that they are planting will take root and bear fruit among “people of color” in society.

  62. Kamali says:

    Tyra is SUCH a hippocrit! Look at that picture! She looks like a white lady with a bad tan! (no offense to white women of course). Her hair is blonde for crying out loud!

    She’s part of the reason that some black women feel this way. A lot of us feel that ighter skin is more beautiful when it isn’t necessarily. Light skin and dark skin are BOTH EXTREMELY beautiful! And if you’re “ugly” (as the media calls it), then it has NOTHING to do with your skin tone!

    I’m a 14 year old darker skinned girl because both my parents are from the Carribbean and I’ll admit, I used to wish that I has skin like the white girls in my class. Then one day I was on my way to a party and I was all dressed up and my hair looked nice and I was weearing a pretty dress and I thought to myself “Wow, I look beautiful! I LOVE my skin!” And I went to the party happily!

    DARK SKIN PEOPLE SHOULDN’T BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES!
    BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL AND WHITE IS WONDERFUL! =)

  63. brianna says:

    this s$$t makes no sense and fall up off my girl tyra bitches and they definetly shouldn’t bleach their children. WHAT THE f$$k IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE OF ALL RACES. IT AINT JUST ABOUT BLACKS. YOU PEOPLE ARE VERTY DUMB AND NEED 2 USE YOUR 5 SENSES 4 YOURSELF

  64. brianna says:

    this s$$t makes no sense and fall up off my girl tyra bitches and they definetly shouldn’t bleach their children. WHAT THE f$$k IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE OF ALL RACES. IT AINT JUST ABOUT BLACKS. YOU PEOPLE ARE VERY DUMB AND NEED 2 USE YOUR 5 SENSES 4 YOURSELF

  65. taylor says:

    well its so dumb too change ur skin color it just showz dat ur ashumed yoo be dark so love ur skin you r beautiful the way u are love tyalor moore

  66. June says:

    It is easy for Tara to say what she says, or skin is not as dark as alot of blacks, and I think it is true, that lots of people do not like real black skin, and I feel most blacks do not like their black skin, and if they like accepted their color, most other people would too! Tara hardly ever wheres her own hair either, and she hardly ever goes without make-up like most of us women. I dont think those people with darker skin who choose to lighten their skin should be frowned upon. We just have personal taste, and I dont think more should be read into all this than what is there, We all need to embrace and enjoy our differences. I thank God for the differences and all the beautiful shades of people out there, I feel we are one race with many different flavors and preferences. I just love it…and I love black people, and all people…God bless may we love as we are loved, and forgive as we are forgiven, we are called to love not to judge, that is God’s job.

  67. June says:

    It is easy for Tara to say what she says, her skin is not as dark as alot of blacks, and I think it is true, that lots of people do not like real black skin, and I feel most blacks do not like their black skin, and if they like &accepted their color, most other people would too! Tara hardly ever wheres her own hair either, and she hardly ever goes without make-up like most of us women. I dont think those people with darker skin who choose to lighten their skin should be frowned upon. We just have personal taste, and I dont think more should be read into all this than what is there, We all need to embrace and enjoy our differences. I thank God for the differences and all the beautiful shades of people out there, I feel we are one race with many different flavors and preferences. I just love it…and I love black people, and all people…God bless may we love as we are loved, and forgive as we are forgiven, we are called to love not to judge, that is God’s job.

  68. morrison says:

    Lots of black people bleach their skin secretly. It’s a pretty weak thing to do. Truth be told, some people look bad with a dark complexion, but most with a dark complexion dont have that problem. People who bleach their skin need to get over themselves.

  69. Constance Payne says:

    I watched this episode September 28th,2009, today. What I saw really boggled my mind. I am 37 years old light skin woman with 2 children both light and dark. Growing up biracial has always been an issue for me. I DON’T WHERE YOU THIK BEING LIGHT SKINNED HAS IT’S PERKS !! I am pretty but I was too light for my black friends and too dark for my white friends. Being called “big red” isn’t a turn on. ” Yellow bone” isn’t my idea of sexy, but, if that is what you value yourself at, knock yourself out. Story: I was in a car accident when I was 10 years old, cracking my gum line from my teeth. I remember sticking my tongue through the gap. I”ve undergone some things with my dentists up until I was 19. My teeth are yellow, 5 root canals decaying 3 of those 5 . Truly I’m just not going thru any more dental work. Why? My motto: I am a big b$$$h with a messed up grill but I’m a pretty b$$$h! There was no man I couldn’t have. And I married THE most wonderful and SEXIEST ( he’s been compared to Shamar Moore)man in the world because my self love was bigger than this universe and no one can snatch me out the sky. Think about this..what are you going to look like when you are old after these products have ruined the natural flow of things. You think you are ugly now..girl, wait until you wake up on your 45th birthday. Hope you have the money for a FEW of those face lifts you’ll definitely be needing. C Lady, Dallas, TX

  70. BK says:

    Its not that fact that bleaching skin is bad, its the fact of why you do it. I personally buy skin whitener, but I only use it because my face is darker than other parts of my body and I tend to get dark marks on my skin because of acne. I dont want to be light skinned in fact I really would think I would look hurt. But it is true there seems to be favoritism with light skinned people. Well, men are an exception, sometimes light skinned men get sterotyped of being soft, and brown skinned women are accepted also . BUT IF YOU ARE DARK SKINNED, WITH SHORT HAIR, AND YOU ARE FEMALE, PLEASE DONT WHERE AN AFRO, because society doesnt accept that. And that hurts, thats part of the reason why women wear weaves becasue if they wanted to wear their natural hair they get tired of pople calling them “bald headed” and other names. I know we say love who you are but its hard when your the only one whos loving that about you. How many names besides black do we call dark skninned people. How many postive names? Atleast yellow boned and red is acceptable, we as the black race dont want to be called black people becasue we say were not black were African americans.

  71. JessLightWeight says:

    Funny how so much of us are on here hating, but the same ones that hate are the same ones that worship people like Bieonce and the same Tyra, or luv Rkelly even thoght it was tapped that he had sex with a minor and peed on her (AFrican American Goddess), so before we look at things like bleaching, we need a whole lot to think about as far as our own morals. dont get me wrong Bionce is very beautiful and talented, but i know you have been like oh she look so great, BLEACH…or damn her but is big, IMPLANTS. she got a great body ….LIPO./..// get over it………

  72. rachel says:

    It is sad to see this generation of young black women who are carrying on the same stigmas as generations before them (white is right and if you are black get back). Bleaching cream is to enhance the beauty you already have by getting rid of black marks blemishes and uneven skin tones that is acquired through our environment, stress, medication and daily existence.
    The women who hate who they are, are still dark and lovely but still have low self esteem, because they allow everyone to dictate to them as to what they should look like. I would like to know who would know better than me. I look in the mirror everyday and thank God for making me “Black and beautiful.”

    I consider it a complement when some guy say, “that is a pretty old black gal,” or ” the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice.”
    The most beautiful people I have ever seen has been men and women who are black,black to the nth power.
    You know Tyra I could not believe it when some white women complemented me on my locks and said they were glad to see black women who wanted to be themselves instead of wanting to be like white women. I then informed them black women did not want to be white but had found a better way to manage their hair which was the perm and straghtening comb, (guess I was wrong, huh?).
    I then proceede to tell them, ” If I went to sleep and woke up white, I would kill myself).” They were shocked and all cried, “really!” at the same time.

    Tyra I am here to tell you white women has always used bleaching cream but as always it has been a play on words. If you had asked those white women on the street about “FADE CREAM” you would have had better results.
    Porcelana has been around for years to get rid of freckles and discolorations, there are many others. By the way have you ever known of anything to be invented just for us outside of a disease? We get it because someone acidentally used it and found it to be of use. Wigs is a prime example. They were made for white people. White men and women has always worn wigs.

    I could go on and on, but here is where I stop

  73. rachel says:

    It is sad to see this generation of young black women who are carrying on the same stigmas as generations before them (white is right and if you are black get back). Bleaching cream is to enhance the beauty you already have by getting rid of black marks, blemishes and uneven skin tones that has acquired throughout the years.
    I thank God for making me “Black and beautiful.”
    I consider it a complement when some guy say, “that is a pretty old black gal,” or ” the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice.”
    The most beautiful people I have ever seen has been men, women and children who are blacker than black to the nth power.
    You know Tyra I could not believe it when some white women complemented me on my locks and said they were glad to see black women who wanted to be themselves instead of wanting to be like white women. I rapidly informed them black women did not want to be white but had found a better way to manage their hair which was the perm and straghtening comb, (guess I was wrong, huh?).
    I then proceeded to tell them, ” If I went to sleep and woke up white, I would kill myself).” They were shocked and all cried out at the same time “really.”

    Tyra I am here to tell you white women has always used bleaching cream but as always it has been a play on words. If you had asked those white women on the street about “FADE CREAM” you would have had better results.
    Porcelana has been around for decades to get rid of freckles and discolorations, there are many others.
    By the way have you ever known of anything to be invented just for us outside of a disease? We got it because some Black slave woman wanted to try her mistress cream on her face, used it and found it to be of use. (Wigs is another prime example. They were made for white people).
    They know this! but just as they used fade cream they also used white powder and flour to appear the whitest of white. This was a way for them to be less connected to their original Ancestry.

  74. shanon gilman says:

    why do black people want to be white

  75. amanda says:

    alot of white women have the same problem as black women because some white people tan and some black people bleach.im a olive complexed white girl and i used to go to the pool . i would get really dark i didnt even have to go to the tanning salon , but i stop laying out at the pool,because one day this hispanic boy said why do you want to get darker for,your skin is so beautiful,i wish i was your color. so that why i dont go tanning nomore and i think all black people are beautiful by the way.

  76. Logan Carter says:

    I understand where people come from with how darkskin people are treated and catagorized in society. I know it roots back to preferential treatment during slavery of lighter skinned blacks and the effect of that has effected how we treat each other. Im a light skinned man, 40 yrs old now! Being lightskin I also know the other side of that coin. That is the abuse on light skin blacks by dark skin blacks. From the time I was very young I was constantly targeted primarily due to my light skin. Once I got in High School I ended up in a steady stream of fights. All of them with dark skin blacks who started with me. Alot of them would take their anger and feeling of displacement out on me. Once I got a Peurto Rican girlfriend and it really went over the top. I never looked down on Dark Skin blacks and still don’t. Truth be told I have family members who do and becuase of that I don’t really deal with them. In short what im getting at is in as much as the issue of unfair treatment of Dark Skin blacks is relevant to discuss, as is the issue of how Lightskin blacks are targeted by them equally as relevant.

  77. kendra says:

    what do black girls have to say about alot of black men and mexian men going with white girls,do they feel really bad about that.that they dont feel pretty enough,because they skin is to dark or dirty looking, and theydont have good hair.
    alot of people say they black men go with white girls because their easy.maybe some but not all.maybe they want to go home to someone that they can run their fingers through their hair.without getting their hands tangled up, if you no what i mean.sometimes i get so mad at the black girls that act mean and rude.so i just want to get mean back at the ones that were mean to me just because i have good hair and olive complexd skin.the blacker the berry the nastier the juice.someone please repond to this what do you have to say do you agree with this or hate this so much just tell me if you think im right or wrong, but i dont care what you say about the first two lines because i know their so true, you can love me or hate me think im crazy i dont care

  78. LaTocha Nicks says:

    I was dark as coal and hated it. I have been using bleaching cream for one year now, and I have a light, attractive honey complexion. I am 30 years old, and so many men want me. I was blessed not to have the typical wide, ugly black nose and I dont have huge ugly lips either. I look White! Finally! I am beautiful now! When I look in the mirror, I no longer see a jet black african. I think all blacks should bleach! I love my new look, and suffered 29 years being a darkie! I am white now, so I will even deny being black! I am Italian now, baby! ;)

  79. TISHA says:

    YOU ARE SO F$$$$$g STUPID FAKE NAME lATOCHA,YOU ARE JUST POSES FOR A BLACK GIRL THAT BLEACHES HER SKIN.IF YOU ARE THAT BLACK YOU COULD NEVER BE WHITE LOOKING YOU F$$$$$g b$$$h. YOU CAN COME UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER THEN THAT.TOU ARE JUST A WHITE b$$$h.STOP TRYING TO POSS FOR SOMETHING YOURE NOT.I BET YOU ARE A F$$$$$g BLONDE.YOU DONT EVEN MAKE SENSE WHAT THE f$$k IS I AM ITALIAN NOW BABY.YOU ARE F$$$$$g RETARDED.

  80. aaliyah says:

    This is ridicoulous, not all light skin women are prettier than dark skin.

  81. gabrielle says:

    hi im a 16 year old grl……n i also bleech my skin i think that if your a lighter color that makes you a very beatiful girl or women…im also in the same shoes these women are in…i also dont thik that being brighter is better i also think being a bigger size is also…guys like bright pretty girls they also like thick girls with a huge but or chest…i feel like in order to get attention or for guys to really see that your beatiful you have to be light or have a body

  82. brittany says:

    im a 16 year old girl and i am well i think im light or brown. I just recently started thinking about bleaching my skin because i always felt that lighter skinned girls always had it better. Not the reddish light color i am but the the pale light colr like alicia keys. i started thinking about it because my bf told me about this girl at his school that came up to him to try and get his number and she was a pale lightskin girl with long flowing hair and on top of all that she was thick. and later on he noticed how light my arms and legs were and he said what happend to your face and if only your face was the same color as your arms and legs. That is why i feel like i feel now it made me feel less pretty because i wasnt light in the face. I hope i can stop feeling like that but its hard when your bf feels youll be prettier if you were lighter.

  83. Marlo says:

    Even if you bleach your skin you are still BLACK. So figure out a way to love yourself. Its not like bleaching makes you white. According to the people you are trying to look like, you are still Black. so why bother?

  84. Veve... says:

    I would just like to comment on the immaturity of those person who have entirely missed the point of the show! Placing focus on Tyra and saying she should be the last to judge honestly does NOT change the fact that these things are indeed happening in the world… Whether Tyra is guilty of it or not is definitely not the main issue hair and should not be the focal point of your attention… Deal with the ISSUE!

  85. ANGELA says:

    I am black but i have beautiful brown skin, and I love it. Lots of white people also

    tells me I have beautiful skin. Even when I was in high school the boys that was a

    attracted to me most was white. I love my skin and I would change it for the world. Hey, people have no control over the skin tone that they would enter this world in and it is idots who bothers people over the color of their skin which they had nothing to do with. Also, a lot of these white people, especially white women
    are getting tans because they dont like their pale white skin (I would tan too if I was white, brown skin looks better by far). My boyfriend is white and he is always
    kidding around saying he wants to rub off some of my skin on him so he can have a tan like. So dark brown skin women cheer up, be proud of your natural tan skin, it beautiful. and remember no body is better than you because they are lighter than you, to hell with their nonsense, tell them to take it up with God the creator . Tell them don’t bother you with nonsense and foolishness.

  86. ANGELA says:

    This is for Brittany, you should not start messing with youe skin color, you might get real discolored and you going to wish that you had left your skin alone. You said you were brown, what’s wrong with that. you are letting people make you feel worthless and inferior, dont give them that control over you. Skin color issues has been around since bible days. We are on this earth for a period of time, dont let skin tone/color consume you. Accept your beautiful brown skin. You”ll be surprise, alot of these light skin girls that you wish you were probably which they had a beautiful brown tan skin like you. (like someone said, the grass is always greener on the other side.) So Brittany, celebrate your brown skin, it ‘s a gift from God because He knows you would look good in it.

    Dont let anyone make you feel that you’re not good enough.

  87. ANGELA says:

    This is for Brittany, you should not start messing with your skin color, you might get real discolored and you’re going to wish that you had left your skin alone. You said you were brown, what’s wrong with that. you are letting people make you feel worthless and inferior, dont give them that control over you. Skin color issues has been around since bible days. We are on this earth for a period of time, dont let skin tone/color consume you. Accept your beautiful brown skin. You”ll be surprise, alot of these light skin girls that you wish you were probably which they had a beautiful brown tan skin like you. (like someone said, the grass is always greener on the other side.) So Brittany, celebrate your brown skin, it ‘s a gift from God because He knows you would look good in it.

    Dont let anyone make you feel that you’re not good enough.

  88. TERRI says:

    SAY IT LOUD, I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    IN MEMORY OF JAMES BROWN..

  89. f$$$$r says:

    i am asian and tbh if i had to choose i rather have dark smooth african skin than pasty light caucasian skin

  90. ARI4L says:

    @brittany alicia keys is mixed race wtf you mean you wanna be the same colour as her.Why are people so desperate to be light,i am(im nt fully bllack) and it dnt change much fair enough i dnt get da he might of stole something comments and the dont stare at him for 5minutes or he will go black on your a$s gags but i think its kinda sad that people will risk being seriously ill to be treated in a different way,if anyone judges you or treats you different(which they do)do the black thing and back hand them.

  91. phatkatt says:

    it was right shoot i want my skin lighter to but idk wat to get i guess bleaching cream tat is that lady children not yalls and if she want their skin light let her do that it wasent killing them some people are not proud of their color so…

  92. Nae. says:

    Okay , let me start of MY story by saying My great grandmother was White & Cheeroke Indian. She married my great grandfather who was black & cheeroke Indian although he was BLACK as NIGHT. My great grandparents were the totally opposite of eachother. DARk as night & WHITE as light. They made my Grandmother who was half indian and part black part white. She was what you would call a “Yellow Bone” which means you can look at her & she actually looks yellow. Well, she married a dark skinned black man (who had indian somewhere down the line.) so my mother was Cheeroke Indian & Black. She had three other sisters , and she happened to be the darkest one. But in my case and the girls on the screeen she wasnt dark at all. She all my aunts were Yellow bone or Red Bone . My mother was a little darker so more of a caramel , mocha looking color. But she was still the “dark one” . Weird huh? So, when i brought up the topic of me being so dark to my mother she lost her mind. See, being dark chocolate was like the best thing in my family since my mother loved dark chocolate men, my aunts, my grandmother and my great grandmother , so she wasn’t getting why i felt i was so and “so dark” being TOO dark FOR Me. I’m a brown skinned girl , I’m about a shade darker than the Brown Paper Bag. Yess, I’ve done the test. I’m only 14 so some are probably wondering why I know about especially when my family never introduced me to things like this. Your answer is : THE MEDIA. The Media messed up so many black/brown skinned girls up for life. I’ve read some people personal stories about hating the color of their skin…the dark color & wish they were lighter. Well, I never went through Self Hatred type stuff cause like i said dark skinned people were loved in my family .. ( I think it has something to do with the smooth chocolately look , and my white grandmother wanted to be darker herself ) even my mom would tell me day and night I had a beautiful skin color & she wanted that skin color. (She got lighter as she got older & said it will happen to me but she hope I keep that smooth looking skin) I so liked my color, its just when i was in the outside world that Light Skin people were better. It all started with the comments ” Your Pretty …. For a darkskinned Girl. ” & ” Your a pretty Darkskinned girl . ” I’d try & leave it alone but it got the comments so much , that it was like my name. I was that pretty darkskinned girl with glasses, (to make it worse.) So, 2010 is the year I started getting Full compliments .. but something else triggered the wonder of why light skinned girls just HAD to be prettier! My bestfriend is mixed with white & black. She has hazel green yellow eyes, curly long hair, and LIGHT SKIN. So, I started noticing she’d get more attention or got talked to first by boys when we were out and about. You know, i thought it was because I just weren’t their type but like two months later the same boys who didn’t give me the time of day are now trying to get with me. So of course i askk, where is this coming from? All this attention. They admited to me that I looked good, and way better than my bestfriend, but they talked to her cause she was LIGHT SKIN. this is from THEIR mouths NOT MINE. & I think that Bs is really stupid, & not fair to the beautiful dark skinned women out there. That shocked me but its true. All or most of boyfriends tell me that they always wanted to talk to me but when standing beside a light skin girl the pick is obvious : the light skin girl . If she looks good enough or decent they would be chosen over beautiful brown/blackskinned girls. Nowadays this is considered sexy : Light skin , long hair , thick. That’s basically it. One of my boyfriends said I had 2 outta 3 & my BF had 2 outta three. She had long hair & skin color * & i had thick and long hair. iactually have longer thicker hair than her . & guys love it cause so many black girls in my town are baldhead & I’ve been labeled as the lucky one. Cause I’m pretty (for a DSG) nice body & long hair . for some reason boys think ALL light skin girls have long hair. Especially mixed girls. Its NOT true at all in my town. they mixed girls are baldheaded as well. Most of them wear weaves but they just assume they automatically have long hair & darkskinned girls are doomed to have short hair. my two friends that were boys told me if they marry & decide to have kids, it would have to be with a Mexican or Light Skinned girl. I asked why, they said so they won’t be “burnt” and have “good hair”. (Good hair is also something that has to do with LS vs DS.) so i asked what is good hair? & they said soft, long hair not nappy but curly or straight. The dark skinned boy had curlier hair than the light skinned one so i confused & I said so but they said his is happy curly and the other is nice curly. HOW STUPID. Good hair is healthy hair that satifys YOU. not anyone else, but to them I’m just ONE voice trying to heard over tousands. Kind impossible right? But anyways that kinda hurt me, cause they said that right infront of me; a girl who had long curly soft hair and I wasnt nessacarly “burnt”, but just because I wasnt a specific color tone I was doOmed to be lonely forever. what really threw me off was while on facebook, a boy started a real hot topic on how he said he would NEVER NEVER EVER dated a darkskinned girl. FACEBOOK was difentialy hot after that post . a lot of angry DS Girls asked why? He said they were all ugly. So, girls gave opinions to who they thought was pretty DS girls, he agreed but he still said he wouldnt date them. He said they were , balhead, loud, dirty, slobby & thought they were the $hit & were ALL whores. first off, i have long hair. I’m quiet actually im really shy . I’m not dirty, I shower daily. Slobbly? I’m not. I dont think im the “$hit” actually I think im Decent . & Im nowhere a whore, I had four boyfriends out my life, I only kissed one. & im a virgin? So how could he say all these things about DSGirls. Even my bestfriend thought.most of the things were true. She even used the term “Pretty for a dark skinned girl .” I dont even think she realized that she insulted me with that comment . Even if she didnt mean it . But anyways , its the media that put the sterotype of light skin being better . I can prove it by quoteing Lil Wayne on one of his recent raps. The line goes like ” Beautiful Black Woman , I bet that B*tch look BETTER RED.” if anyone didnt understand, it mean the dark woman would look better light skin. Now do you understand why DS women hate the color & why those women are bleaching?! If nobody doesnt stop this madness , the topic Light Vs Dark will Never , i repeat Never be SOLVED!!! I want all girls my age to know that there are other girls with the same struggle. & I care. I love my skin & we all need to, Light or Dark !
    – Hope I helped a little even though im REALLY late. :)

  93. jenniDee says:

    i remember before rushing into my sorority hearing people say, they are not going to pick you because you are darkskinned. i didnt let their ignorance stop me. i crossed Gamma Rho’s Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in 2010 with sorors who were unique because of all us were not lightskinned or skinny. i really dont let other’s people ignorance upset, because my god knew what he was doing. I want my kids to be dark like me, because i think my skin is flawless. I am more attracted to a darker man. I hear men go on and on about how pretty i am… especially older white women. i dont attach that stigma to me . i move from it and grow.

  94. jenniDee says:

    AND LIGHTER WOMAN DONT HAVE IT BETTER. THEY OFTEN FEEL SHUT OUT BY US. THEY OFTEN FEEL LIKE A GIMMICK OR COMMODITY BECAUSE THEY KNOW A LOT OF DUDES ONLY WANT TO TALK TO THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE LIGHT. WHEN YOU ARE DARK, AT LEAST YOU KNOW SOMEONE LIKES YOU FOR YOU NOT WHAT YOU RESPRESENT.

  95. Shay says:

    yeah its sad that dark skin people have to go this far but you gotta look at from there point of view its not easy being dark skin and sure its easy for someone else to say love ur self but your not the one going through the situation its hard all yo life being made fun of cuz ur the darkess in the class or maybe even the darkess in the school its hard wen your watchin a movie at school and the teacher turns the lights off and everyone saids where you go its hard being called blacky or charco or ugly because you a lil different and they wonder why people go to the extreme just to be accepted by everyone else because what else do you do so bleaching your skin is the only escape its like ocd its the only way for the aniexty and self concious to go away

  96. christin says:

    umm but what some kind of stuff does tyra bank uses if other skin bleaches are bad

  97. NiCoLe says:

    i’ve sen this episode of the Tyra show and i felt really bad. yes im black, and i think the reason black women bleack their skin is because of the media and society. if you notice black peole are rarely shown in positive commercials, and in society we are portrayed as lower class. im 15 and i still have thoughts on bleaching my skin and reconstructing my face. i want to do this bc i’ve been called ugly, the n-word, and other things that have made me feel like im nothing but dirt. people in my school always talk about black people in a discrimatory and rude way. and the way most of the black students act don’t help this out. i feel like bleaching because i just feel so ashamed and embarassed of being black that i don’t want to be black anymore. i know what the dangers are but that doesn’t stop me. mabey if we (meaning black people) were portrayed like everyone else, i won;t feel ashamed, but that’s never going to happen. i want a new life and i want to be beautiful to people for once.

  98. Lily says:

    I believe most of of the comments made here about dark skinned girls. Am 21 , choclate girl am an african from kenya our media especially the most accesible means the newspaper they are protraying dark skinned women ugly. I once saw an article saying that dark skinned women r the least desirable for marriage and job. Even if u got the better grades or qualification for the job application the lighter skin counterpart is likely to be taken in . So they discourage the hardworking dark skinned students who seem to be more good in class and more sophicated. This is more judgemental to girls than boys. It’s ok 4 a guy to be dark but not the same case for a chic . Pressure it’s so high 4 women especially when they r crying 4 equal rights in the society,politically and socially which is fought for forever. In kenya we got different tribes and they r tribes which carry more lighter women compared to other tribes so peopld opt 2 be married with them so they can av beautiful babies as in light. So u can be easily be judged on which tribe u come from by them looking at ur colour or body features most of the time am mistaken from originating from another tribe b’cz of ma colour. This hurts because it’s natural so people opt 2 bleach for social reasons where r we heading to??

  99. Ashanti says:

    Tyra Banks is so tired, and so sorry!

    She plays to the white culture and does topics which support the views of that culture which stereotypes the belief that black people wish they were white and are jealous of white people. She has been promoting the “belief” that black women wish they were white for years now and that is what keeps her on the air.

    When is she going to do a show on how white women are jealous of black women…risking skin cancer to get tans, in fact tanning salons are a booming business in America and it is not black women who are using them. These women also get butt, breast, and lip implants to try to look like black women as well as “curly” perms to add more body to the hair. Also, white women were the first ones to use hair extensions, falls, weaves and lace fronts…these things were not created for black women, they were created for “them”. Why doesn’t she do a show on that??? This is ridiculous and so is she!

    Also, all black women do not want to be lighter, [where does she find these people]??? I am from a background of mixed family members, my mom looks Hispanic and my father was Cherokee/Ethiopian-dark. I have sisters and brothers that are lighter and darker…I am somewhere in the middle, [Thandie and Halle colored]. Some say I am light skinned however I always put cocoa butter on my skin so I will be darker, [my daughter says I have reverse discrimination-LOL]!

    I have always LOVED dark skin, and thought that dark skinned people. [male and female], were beautiful and better looking than light skinned people. I LOVE dark-skinned men and only dated three light skinned men in my entire life and found them to be weak, shallow, and self-absorbed.

    I have interacted with light-skinned people who thought they were so beautiful, although they were not], just because their skin was light…smh! Some were very unattractive however because they were light they thought that was all it took to make them attractive…how sick. Their attitudes made them “look” even worst in my opinion.

    I remember when I was in high school one of my friends hurt my feelings so badly. She stated that the only reason guys liked me was because I was “light-skinned”. I couldn’t believe it…she reduced me to a skin color. I was not liked because of my personality, intelligence, sense of humor, being a good friend, etc…I was just the color of my skin. I was so hurt…

    Someone needs to give “fair play” to all the stereotypes being fed to society regarding us and do shows on women who love darker skin, women who love being black although they wear their hair straight, [just a preference just as I prefer wearing blue than brown because I like the way it looks on me-no biggie], etc. Also, a show on why white women risk skin cancer to get tans, get butt and lip implants, etc.

    Someone needs to do shows to let black women know they are beautiful, loved appreciated, and respected. Where is that show?

  100. Ashanti says:

    Lily…I am so sorry to hear that this is going on in Africa. I have talked to me different Africans, from various nations and have friends from there and I have never heard this mentioned. Are you truly from Africa?

  101. truth~hurts says:

    No the only thing you will ever have to live with in your life if that were to be true is a REGRET! But i do know how you feel i am dark skined to but dont you know theirs a difference that you don’t see …like half of indians from both sides,malayians, etc. can be real dark even darker than you. Also believe it or not hispanics can be the same at times as well i’ve seen a couple here in the state of illinois! But anyway as i was saying from what you don’t realize from it is that the reason you don’t look at them that way is because you see the beauty in them …. but above all you see past their color -to see the beauty in them that you can’t seem to see in your self.
    p.s. Their are alot of nationality’s from in,and out of this country besides (african,jamacian,nigirian,haitian etc.) That wakeup EVERYDAY LIVING with you’re colour. You may even think to seem that a person may have it bader for a person that is darker than you … hey you probley can say as if they were the color of dirt they seem to pretty much live with it eh? _____~you can’t see that though because you see past their color into their beauty~_______ -Oh and by the way since you can see the beauty in those nationality’s above their darker color but can’t seem to set you’re eyes straight to see the beauty in dark people and your self are you trying to say darker black people are ugly?
    ~But i perfer to user the word term chocolate because why call me black when i am just a darker shade of brown and not exsactly the color BLACK~
    * also when that little boy in the middle that she says is darker then the other two ….when he soonly gets his full matureity, decides to look back at this tyra video his self-eystem will be surely to go down thanks to his mother he will surely feel hurt …………………by the way if you don’t like the dark color then why do you have it with a black man ? its like what do you exspect lol but anyway blessed it all!*

  102. joanna pippins says:

    im 16 years old and im a darkskin female and i loveeeeee it ! would’nt change it for the world<3 !

  103. Carla says:

    You go Joanna! Glad to here it! The Blacker the Berry, the Sweeter the Juice. One Love Sistren x

  104. MARIE says:

    I live in the southern U.S. and I hate that fact that most of yalls comments are not acknowledging that fact that the color disparity is real among black people. There is also a difference in the way that other races accept darker blacks vs lighter blacks. I am black (medium brown) and I like who I am but, I have at times felt some of this stuff a bit. At work the way that the customers and management perceives light or mixed race blacks is different. As a prime example I do not think that Obama would have become president if he was not mixed or I will say that it would have been much harder to achieve the Democrat nomination. From what I have heard from guys growing up and through out life is that no matter what they say lighter does generally carry more appeal. People will think that very dark women are pretty but with stipulations such as she is very thin or has naturally straighter hair such as is common with Ethiopians or Somalians. A fair woman will look good despite being over weight or having ” nappy hair”. I want to say that I do not condone these thoughts or this type of talk but I just want to say that it is very much alive unfortunately and women all over the world to greater or lesser degrees play into the hype. Most are not as extreme and open as these ladies on the show but they are not that far off from many women out there either. Overall I think that Tyra did an ok job of pointing out that many women all over the world bleach their skin (not just blacks) and she also did good by pointing out that these ladies must have some other issues because the media is biased towards many different beauty extremes such as being very thin but not all women go after that look aggressively. I also do think that Tyra plays towards a white audience but hey thats her job so I’m not knocking her for that.

  105. shantal says:

    Black women should be proud of their skin there are so many benefits that come from being blacked skin e.g. our skin doesn’t wrinkle quickly ,skin cancer hardly affects us black women all over the world are beautiful and its a shame they are not wearing it n loving it being black is something to be proud of.God made us all with different complexions whatever one we get we should be proud of it and not try to change it

  106. shady says:

    please let us stop deceiving our selves, the notion of fair skin being superior to darker skin is across all cultures. I saw a documentary on CNN on the skin bleaching industry in India, they practice a caste system which places lighter skin people hager than dark skinned people. Take a look at Indian movies their lead casts are always light skined, trust me nobody bleaches like the indians do.
    I am from Nigeria and over here its almost the same except that light skinned ladies are only considered to be more attractive. some ladies may bleach their skin but its always a mess cos of our harsh weather and sun.
    In the long run lighter skin will always be considered more beautiful than darker skin, the only thing we can do is to educate ourselves on the need for self acceptance. I have at some point oin time attempted to “brighten my face” and i found out people thought i was prettier when my skin tone went s tad lighter. but i realized it is not worth damaging your skin for cos the repercausions come when you grow older. Black women should learnto appreciate their skin and use skincare products that would make them glow. I personally use AHA soaps and it nicely exfoilates my skin daily. I have no spots and i love my dark (well) not so dark skin. beauty comes from within.

  107. rtkosz says:

    yo that one b$$$h look like Oprah yo…

  108. rtkosz says:

    it is funny because my skin is tan .. and when white people tan they have my color…

  109. rtkosz says:

    or they get darker…

  110. amanda says:

    im a white girl olive complexed,and i agree yea white people tan.we are the only race thats wants to tan.black people want to bleach,asians,chinese,latinos,blacks,indians,they dont want to be tan.they want to be whiter.i look on the internet in there commuties.they belive the fairer u r.the prettier u are.this asian girl was really light.but she thought she was really dark.go to google and goole in indians bleaching commerials its crazy they use whiting creams.its called white and lovly.why do u think hispanics are always with white women they think white skin is attractive.they told me before the like whiter skin.why do u think when u see them cutting grass in 100 degree wearing long sleeves.they dont want to get darker.one of my white friends married a mexican man and had two kinds.he dont even let them play outside in the pool because he dont want them to get darker.they say like mexicans and other races like indians and asians,chines worship white people because they think that is the idel of beauty.

  111. lol says:

    Tyra Banks is the Typical black that wants to be white herself.

  112. Neil says:

    I am a 32 year old white male. I live in rural Idaho where the black population us less than 1%. I think black women are beautiful dark skin or light skin. I do however find a dark skinned women with natural hair absolutely gorgeous! I do also think if some people want to lighten their skin that’s there business.

  113. Flora says:

    What is sad is when you look at the women of color in modeling it is the dark skin that gets all of the recognition . the model from Africa she is world re noun and she is past Dark but she is beautiful . No matter what color you are the feature come from genetics , your parents and ugly comes in all colors . ,

  114. rtkosz says:

    light skin blacks are not black..

    so .. shut up..

  115. rtkosz says:

    you aren’t convinced that Obama doesn’t count as black then stop talking about it..

    it’s stupid..

  116. rtkosz says:

    it’s always gonna be a black community disparity.. because light skin blacks are from outside of the community..

  117. Brianna says:

    Im white ,but i have alot of black friends and some of my family is black but i used to be like that and im 16 but you know what i was like that too.Now that im older i dont care anymore im gonna tell the truth when i was 10 poeple teased me at school it was all rumors that started it people was sayin i was bi sexual i came home crying after a few days,then i told my mom about it and she told me to try and ignore it that maybe something was going on in their life that was bothering them that they didnt know how to handle, it had been going on for about a month or two so i got to the point i tried to kill myself i took classes and it helped me alot we went to the police and got it stopped andi regret what i did. Now i work at a place that help children get though these kinda problems we go to schools all around the world and me knowing i went though it i can understand how the kids feel too….

  118. Michelle says:

    I think this is so sad. I am a black woman and grew up wishing I was white and had lighter skin and long, straight hair. The sad thing is that so many other little black girls have felt the same way. I thank God because after I got older, I began to see that being black was not ugly but being black was beautiful. There are so many different types of beauty. Dark skinned, light skinned, big, skinny, tall, thin, white, native american…..so many different nationalities and colors of skin. It’s all beautiful. I raised my daughter to look at herself and realize how beautiful God made her. He gave her tightly curled hair and brown skin. It’s all beautiful because that’s the way God made you!

  119. Michelle says:

    …..the truth is that society DOES discriminate against darker skinned people. We have a responsibility to teach our children that what the media says is not true. It starts at home. If we talk with our children and have candid truthful conversations about the color of our skin – they’re more likely to feel good about the way they look and more importantly, realize that they’re not the only ones secretly feeling the same way. Not only do we need to love the color of our skin but our hair too. I used to get relaxers for YEARS but decided almost 5 years ago that I would love the hair and skin I’m in. God gave me tightly curled (really tightly curled) hair and brow skin. Thank you God and we should all teach our children to love the hair and skin they’re in!

  120. Naheed Flake says:

    I bleach my face.

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