No stranger to controversy, a few days ago artist, Azealia Banks posted this noticeably lighter post-relaxer selfie to her Instagram account while in Brazil.
Instantly comments poured in on Banks’ page which seemingly pointed out what appears to be obvious bleached skin.
One commenter defended Banks’ choice to “even out her skin tone.”
Banks, herself co-signed the comment, lamenting “I am still brown”
Several more photos showcasing Banks’ lightened skin were posted to her Instagram account while in Brazil.
It was later confirmed through the brand page of Whitenicious, a controversial skin bleaching product, when Banks was praised as #skingoals after using their product.
Banks previously released a mixtape titled Slay‑Z in which she appeared significantly lighter on the cover. This too was praised on the Whitenicious Instagram page.
The Whitenicious company page notes that Banks was not sent these products for free but is a long time paying customer.
In an interview with Bossip, Whitenicious company representative Rebecca Matamba confirmed Banks was one of their many celebrity clients who use the products:
“She loves Whitenicious and has tweeted about it multiple times…She is one of our many celebrity clients but she is just one of the celebrities who uses it and doesn’t care who knows. She is just a beautiful woman experimenting and trying new things and she looks great. People should focus on her talent instead of her skin. After all she’s in an industry where everyone is getting a little nip and tuck here and there, the difference is others lie about it but she is open about it, because it’s her body not anyone’s and people should focus on her music.”
Azealia Banks first stepped onto the music scene as a seemingly confident individual who was very much proud of her dark skin.
However, just last year Banks also tweeted that the treatment she received as a dark skinned woman made her more or less want to “lay down and die.” And it is no surprise given not just the vitriol dark-skinned women often face, but their erasure from mainstream media.
We can’t help but to wonder if much like her now almost unrecognizable predecessor, Lil Kim, these occurrences lead to her decision to lighten her skin.
What are your thoughts?