TRIGGERED. For the majority of my life I’ve always been self conscious with being a darker skin tone than most around me especially within the Punjabi community. It stayed ingrained in my mind that being fairer was much more praised than being a brown much deeper into the colour spectrum. But as I’ve grown, I’ve come to realise that my skin tone is absolutely beautiful and I’m fully confident of my skin. So, you can imagine how I felt when years down the line when a man from the south asian community told me that I was “quite dark for a punjabi girl”, who then continued to insult me by calling me a “freshie”.
It’s been a while since someone has made such an ignorant comment to my face and it took me a short while for it to sink in. As you can imagine it had me feeling so many emotions, and of course very uncomfortable. It made me realise that it continues to stay ingrained within the mentalities of some of the younger generation of the south asian community which I find appalling. But also made me question how can we elevate this perception in our communities. Of course Colourism is something that affects women and men across all cultures and has far deeper rooted connections to the historical paths of our communities.
There is much to be discussed with the topic, but this is a photo of me, a proud Punjabi girl who is extremely comfortable in her golden brown skin, I’ve come so far so good riddance to anyone who thinks otherwise.
WE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL ALL WAYS, ALWAYS.
Paradise Girl x