Actress Priyanka Chopra has talked about her insecurities growing up and how it drove her to use fairness products herself as a teenager.
It may be hard to imagine that one of the most successful Bollywood actresses of all time may have regrets when it comes to career or life but Priyanka Chopra has opened up about one big regret of her life – the fact that she endorsed a fairness cream during her younger years.
In an interview with international magazine Glamour, Priyanka Chopra talks about the realities of growing up in India and facing prejudice against skin colour.
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She notes, “A lot of girls who have a darker skin hear things like, ‘Oh, poor thing, she’s dark. Poor thing, it’ll be hard for her.’ In India they advertise skin-lightening creams: ‘Your skin’s gonna get lighter in a week.’ I used it [when I was very young].”
She further elaborates that she also ended up endorsing a fairness cream after she became a celebrity but admits that she regretted it almost immediately, saying, “Then when I was an actor, around my early twenties, I did a commercial for a skin-lightening cream. I was playing that girl with insecurities. And when I saw it, I was like, ‘Oh s***. What did I do?’ And I started talking about being proud of the way I looked. I actually really like my skin tone.”
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Several prominent Bollywood celebrities have been recently weighing in on their culpability when it comes to endorsing fairness products in the country. Actor Abhay Deol recently took to Facebook to publicly call out his own peers from the industry who have done advertisements for various fairness creams and his posts have since gone viral.