I was at a coffee-break recently when one of my workplace colleagues announced that he was no longer pursuing the girl he had once described as a blueprint of the kind of women that attracted him. Upon some degree of elbowing, he finally blurted that her somewhat dusky skin turned out to be a bit of turn-off. I had personally never believed that he would have been able to get it started with the lady in question since she seemed far more liberal-thinking and artistically-driven than he could ever be. However, it made me wonder about how many Indian men still have a perception rooted in their minds where ‘being fair’ equals ‘being beautiful’.
This is a fact among Asians settled abroad too who seem to feel more insecure about their tanned skin hues as compared to the fair-skinned nationals who surround them. It was once reported that thousands of British Asian women suffer horrible skin injuries, even cancers, due to their continuous experimenting with fairness skin creams. Now, we have our leading superstars like Shahrukh Khan advocating the same to men too!
I personally endorse the theory that dark skinned or the typically dusky-skinned Indian women can be as beautiful and appear even more appealing than their fairer counterparts on any day of the year and this is why:
Dusky Skin Is More Exotic
I have personally dated two dusky-skinned ladies and I often complimented them on the ‘chocolatiness’ of their skin. Surprisingly, my flattering remarks would often be shot down with these women opining that they just weren’t at par with the craving that the whitish skin induces—I would like to clarify that this just isn't true. Every skin type has its own individuality. Dusky skin, sported by the much worshipped on-screen beauties like Lara Dutta, Bipasha Basu, Sameera Reddy and Kajol, have an aura of exoticness.