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Y’all may have noticed that Diana’s been away from the blog for some time now. She’s been super busy doing all kinds of cool things, like starting her own company, being an auntie, and making artisanal soups (I shit you not). I don’t even get to see her as much as I’d like to these days, which makes me sad, so you can imagine how stoked I was when we got together this past criminally-hot weekend, to just soak in some rays. Soak in some rays Asian-style, that is:
I’m the one in turquoise, obvi.
Thanks, Jasmine and Oliver!
Filed under: Anti-Tanning, Bank Robbing Apparel, Beachwear, China, Chinese Trends, Face-Kini, I'd Love To See These In the Point Break Sequel, skin whitening, Tanning, The Opposite of Tanorexia, Weird Chinese Behavior, WTF?
One year I vacationed in Mexico and spent the entire time in the water, body surfing and boogie boarding. My skin got really dark, which I don’t care about one way or another, though I am afraid of sun damage and skin cancer, in that order. I made one mistake that trip though, and it wasn’t forgetting sunscreen (always, always remember sunscreen). My mistake was going to see my grandmother right after. The first thing she said, once she got over the shock, was “How did you get so dark?!” For the rest of the visit, she introduced me to her friends as “My Granddaughter-Who’s-Normally-Not-This-Dark.”
Light skin is still prized in Asia for a number of reasons that have to do with longstanding notions of race, class, and gender. Good thing then, that there’s a booming market for skin whitening creams, many of them manufactured by Western companies! And good thing the companies who make these creams also make commercials, because quite a few of them–beyond their creepy, disturbing premise–are kinda hilarious.
1. Skin Whitening For Young Girls
There’s this commercial for SkinWhite Teens, produced by Filipino company Splash Corporation, a skin whitening product designed specifically for young girls:
Filed under: Advertising, Advertising in Asia, Asia, Asian Obsession with Light Skin, Badvertising, Beauty Products, Bollywood, China, Class Issues, Dark Skin Bias, Dark Skin Prejudice, India, J, Japan, Korea, Lady Bits, Lady Parts, Oppressive Notions of Beauty, Philippines, Pond's, Skin Bleaching, Skin Color Hierarchy, Skin Lightening, skin whitening, SkinWhite, Vagina Bleaching, Vagina Lightening, Vagina Whitening, Vaginal Bleaching, Vaginal Lightening, Vaginal Whitening
Vaseline has created a face-whitening application for Facebook users in India to promote its Healthy White Skin Lightening Cream, because, um, yeah, that sounds really, really healthy. [Feministing]
Like AT&T in the 80′s, Ichiro Suzuki reaches out and touches someone. [MLB]
You break it, you DON’T buy it: Finally, a place for women having their lady time, in Shenyang, China. [People's Daily Online]
Tila Tequila is no longer part of Celebrity Rehab. Is it because she’s no longer a celebrity, or because she can’t be rehabilitated, or because no one gives a shit? Hmm. [RadarOnline]
Hayao Miyazaki likens iPad use to masturbation. Like that’s a problem?! [Gizmodo]
A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas already sounds like the greatest motherfuckin’ Christmas movie of all time. [MTV.com]
We can see why Prince said that the internet is over. Presenting…Kate Gosselin in a coolie hat. [Just Jared]
Filed under: Celebrity Rehab, China, Coolie Hats Aren't Cool, Dr. Drew is not Tila's co-pilot, Feministing, Harold and Kumar, Hayao Miyazaki, Ichiro, Ichiro Suzuki, India, iPad, Kate Gosselin, Lady Time, MLB, Skin Lightening, skin whitening, They tried to make her go to rehab she said no no no, Tila Tequila, Vaseline, Vaseline is trying to whitewash y'all