So, I don’t know who was in charge of approving vendors for UK’s Afro-Hair and Beauty Live conference, but they messed up. Attendees at the conference, which showcases African and Caribbean stylists, fashion designers and beauty products, were appalled to find that one of the featured vendors was a skin whitening company. Skin Light Plus is an Italian based company that sells bleaching scrub soap and whitening body lotions. Attendee Hanna Huffi spoke out;
I think it’s very wrong to be at this kind of event to have skin lightening cream at a black beauty event.
As for Afro-Hair and Beauty Live organizers, they claim that Skin Light Plus approached them as a cosmetics company, so they approved the application. Although, I mean, the name kind of exactly explains what they do… An Afro-Hair and Beauty Live representative released the following statement;
AHB Live must accept responsibility and apologise to those who felt offended by this product line.
But here’s the very sad and ironic twist. Skin Light Plus products are stocked in many UK black beauty supply stores. *Sigh*
Ladies, what are your thoughts on all this?