Without Influence Of West, Define Our Own Idea Of Beauty : Richa Chadha

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In a remarkable move, HUL has decided to rename its popular skincare brand Fair and Lovely. As netizens celebrated the bold move, Bollywood actress Richa Chadha who has quite often questioned the society’s set beauty norms and their depiction in popular culture, especially movies, posted a celebratory message on her social media handle.

She wrote, “NOT FAIR BUT LOVELY”, I had gotten this printed on a T-shirt back in 2015. Yesterday, the brand @fairandlovely_id and I were finally in agreement! 👏🏽💕❤️Yesterday, they dropped the word FAIR from their product name… Before you attack the brand for only paying ‘lip service’, please remember, it takes many generations for ideas to change. There is demand and hence there is supply…We have been told since we were children, that fairness is the only definition of beauty! It is also another unfortunate byproduct of colonialism and casteism! But it’s 2020, and a lot of BS is getting dismantled!

It took me many years of unlearning to gain confidence and start LOVING my complexion! Der aye durust aye, I say.  I welcome this decision by the brand… and it’s not easy… brands have a thousand meetings before they change even the FONT in their logo… I hope slowly and steadily mindsets change… we must continuously and without any influence of the West, define our own idea of beauty. Beauty must be inclusive! Bravo @fairandlovely_id 👏🏽

Richa’s post comes in after many questioned if changing the brand name is enough. As the actress rightly puts it, it’s one helluva start.

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