Highlighting an aspect of colorism that isn’t often discussed, actress Raven-Symone has spoken out about her tanning habit while starring in her hit Disney show, “That’s So Raven.” She made the confession in a teaser video for the documentary Light Girls, which will air tomorrow on OWN.
“When I had my own show, I used to tan three or four times a week in a tanning bed to get darker, I did. It’s funny, one of the lighting guys came up — I love him to death; I love him, oh my goodness — he goes, ‘Raven, I need you to stop tanning. You’re getting too dark, and we have to re-light the whole entire show,’ I was like, ‘Sorry. I was just trying to be pretty.’”
The video also discusses the challenges lighter skinned actresses face in Hollywood for not looking black enough.
The Light Girls documentary is a companion piece to the critically acclaimed documentary Dark Girls, which explored black culture’s bias against women of darker skin.
What do you think of Raven’s statements? Will you tune in?