Agence France-PresseOctober 26, 2013 02:03
Looking to find a husband, make friends, and get ahead at work? Then you need to have lighter skin. That's the all-pervasive message in India, and it's something that one actress is fighting to overturn.
The new poster girl of the "Dark is Beautiful" campaign, Nandita Das, has called out India's obsession with fair skin -- a prejudice she says has driven some young women to the brink of suicide.
"Magazines, TV, cinema -- everywhere being fair is synonymous with being beautiful," Das told AFP.