A few months back people were astounded when actress Raven Symone shared that she used to tan to get darker. With all the talk of light skinned privilege in the black community, and studies that seem to confirm that it exists, many were confused about why she would ‘give up’ her light skin.
But it opened up a deeper discussion about how lighter skinned women often face accusations of not being black enough, and how deeper brown tones are often used as the representation of the ‘black is beautiful’ mindset.
Vlogger LaToya Chenelle spray tans and posted a video back in 2011 showing her skin before and after. Although it’s an older video, discussion in the comments has been spirited and ongoing.
Some commenters were supportive and understanding;
i’m about to use tanning lotion for the first time in my life! i’m biracial and i swear my skin tone makes no sense whatsoever. i look yellow rather than brown, so weird. hahaha. i got a really expensive all natural lotion that works without formaldehyde, we’ll see how it goes. wish me luck!!
People are so shocked to see a black woman actually ENJOY being black. I love when I come back from Miami or Belize with a deep bronze, I really feel I look like some type of goddess so this video was a big YESSSSSSSSS M’AM for me. I will be looking into this!
Judging by the negative comments, some folks don’t realize that dark-skinned women aren’t exempt from scars, uneven skin tone, stretch marks and other issues. Issues which only get worse as we age. I love my dark skin but at age 46 it’s not as smooth-looking and even as it once was. Spray tanning is not something I feel the need to do regularly but I’d absolutely do it for a special occasion when I want my skin to be appear even and glowing.
Others were straight up ignorant…
Eeeew! Stay light skinned, you look better!
made your skin worse, it doesn’t look natural.
Ewwww that made spray tanning look nasty. If your BLACK you can not TAN!!! Your BLACk!!!
As for LaToya Chenelle, she explained that she tans to even her complexion;
The spray tan helps to give an overall even complexion which i like to do from time to time. Its not everyone’s cup of tea.
You can check out the short video here:
Ladies, what are your thoughts on this?