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Azealia Banks Says Her Skin Bleaching Doesn’t Negate Her Pro-Blackness and Some Black Women Support Her and Agree

Avatar • Jul 4, 2016

In a live video streaming through her Facebook fan page, Azealia Banks addressed her controversial decision to bleach her skin. Banks claims her choice to lighten her skin shouldn’t take away from her pro-black platform:

I think that for so many people to say ‘Oh you wanting to lighten your skin’ to say that it negates anything that I’ve said about the current situation of blackness in America is ignorant and just stupid. What do body modifications have to do with  somebody’s level of intellect. The two don’t correlate. They absolutely do not correlate. I think it’s petty. I think it’s very contradictory.

If people were looking for me to be some of messiah for black empowerment or black rights and my decision to bleach my skin, lighten my skin made you not believe in me, I would just kind of question your priorities.

Banks followed up with two essays on her Facebook page (emphases ours).

I told you all two years ago that as a black woman I stand for reparations and autonomy. All of the rest of the shit is petty. Cultural appropriation, who wears what, natural hair, relaxed, bleached or not, NONE of us will be getting any real respect until we’ve been given what we are owed. And I think it’s unfair to the cause to negate all of the very IMPORTANT things I’ve said in regards to that, just because I like to relax my hair and lighten my skin. As a group it’s VERY important to stay focused and not get side tracked by these small moments of artists “putting it in the music,” because they do so and then they disappear/aren’t coming up with any REALISTIC solutions to all of the pain and suffering we go through as a people.

Self love means nothing when you don’t have the means to defend/protect or FEED yourself and your people. Honestly, whether or not you decide to wear an Afro isn’t going to change anything about the dire position black peoples bodies are in globally. What we need is a clear plan and to stop getting to hung up on petty shit that doesn’t matter. Me having an Afro puff or dark skin is not going to stop a police officer from gunning down innocent citizens. THE TWO SIMPLY DO NOT CORRELATE… So please I BEG YOU ALL, to worry about the important things like where we’re going to muster up the funds to fix our part of society and/or get the fuck out of the United States . What kind of lotions I use is irrelevant.”

Banks also stressed that she feels there is no difference between a hair relaxer and skin lightening cream.
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Banks’ passion for black issues should definitely not be cast aside because she bleaches her skin. But her statements are dangerously misguided. Self-love matters for one major reason: little black girls. We simply CANNOT raise the next generation of black women to feel they are born unacceptable. Low self-esteem in girlhood is linked to ALL KINDS of psychoses. And as someone who speaks often about being raised in an emotionally abusive home, Banks should know this. If we are raising our black girls to be powerful, and to take on this very messed-up world we live in, we must aggressively send the message that their minds, souls and bodies are beautiful.

It’s also misguided to say self-love does not matter on a grander scheme. It certainly does. Self-love and self-appreciation fueled the natural hair industry, it fuels the #buyblack movement, it’s fueling indie black media, it fuels the Black Lives Matter movement and, ironic given Banks’ protest, it is fueling a small but growing dark skin appreciation movement in black culture. Fighting against police brutality and institutional racism is important, but so is black community-building. And black community building begins with self-love.

Banks’ video and essay did spark a thoughtful conversation on social media.


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This tweet, though it pre-dates this dialogue, illustrates the point.

While we disagree with Azealia’s logic, we are grateful for her transparency and vulnerability around a very sensitive topic. And the reality is that it is NOT unique to her — black women face incredible pressure to present an image of strength and confidence under some pretty ridiculous odds. Banks’ skin bleaching perfectly embodies the black culture dichotomy — she was clowned for being a dark-skinned black woman, now she is being clowned for bleaching her skin. And honestly, that is uglier than the skin bleaching itself.

What are your thoughts on all this?

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Wendi York
Wendi York
4 years ago

I think to compare skin bleaching with a hair relaxer is the wrong example. A hair relaxer CAN be washed out and grown out (how many naturals now were natural their whole lives?!) but skin bleaching is irreversible. I don’t look to anyone as a role model but still I feel like how can you sit there and say love the skin you are in, to love your blackness and dark complexion in a world that tells you that black and dark is bad and ugly but then bleach your own skin? It’s not a few dark spots for an… Read more »

Mercedes Boss Pinky Perez
Mercedes Boss Pinky Perez
4 years ago
Reply to  Wendi York

You missed the point. It is all the same when you look at the intent of the individual to do these things. Assimilation. Everything you described about her bleaching applies to relaxing and many other activities of the same ilk…it just so happens relaxing is reversible. The discussion is not so much about lasting effects but the motivation behind the behaviour. Azealia has just admitted on camera that she is a victim of the same system she fights against. We need to support each other and applaud her honesty. Love her unconditionally with the hope that one day she will… Read more »

Wendi York
Wendi York
4 years ago

The intent? So is the intent of many black women when they relax their hair to look white or is it because they feel it’s more manageable, or what they are accustomed to since childhood, or just plain because they want to? The intent when you bleach your skin like that IS to lighten it. To erase your darkness. It’s not the same.

Naturally me
Naturally me
4 years ago
Reply to  Wendi York

Erasing kinks because its more manageable is not the same as erasing darkness because it’s more manageable? Relaxing purely because they want to isn’t the same as bleaching purely because they want to? Or are those excuses merely forcibly accepted for why black women relax, bleach, weave, and wig their hair and spend thousands to do so? Meanwhile for any skin bleacher to have ride same arguments is just a rouse for the deeper issue of self hate. But let’s not call wearing a 28 inch human Brazilian with the latest blending technique (so no one will know where you… Read more »

guest
guest
4 years ago
Reply to  Wendi York

The intent when you relax your hair IS to suppress your natural kinky texture wich is part of what makes us black. You switch from Afro textured hair wich is a testimony of your African DNA, to emulate straight europeen hair. So yes its EXACTLY THE SAME PROCESS AS SKIN BLEACHING. In both cases you are erasing and suppressing the most obvious signs of our blackness, and a lot of black woman that relax their hair for ”managebility” also do it to attein white beauty ideals. The same applies to straighter wigs and weaves. Sorry but its the same difference.… Read more »

Miss.
Miss.
4 years ago

Nope, this bleaching stuff is her issues coming to surface but I draw the line at her attacking black women and refusing to get help that she needs. I can hope that she gets better and acknowledge she is going through serious issues but will not support or “love her unconditionally”. All this “support” she gets is why she feels it’s ok to go on these crazy rants. She will always have black folks supporting her.

poor azaelia
poor azaelia
4 years ago
Reply to  Wendi York

Im not saying bleaching is good but technically she could tan and become dark again so…the comparaison with relaxers and makeup contours and wigs apply, after all, its all means to get the same result…look closer to white…so lets not be hypocrites

maralondon
maralondon
4 years ago
Reply to  poor azaelia

When you bleach you’d better stay out of the sun. The skin becomes weak after constant bleaching and can become susceptible to tearing. There are women who go to the extreme and are forced to cover up top to bottom for fear of the skin being damaged by the sun. If she stopped the process her regular complexion would return. I don’t know anything about the chemical she uses but I have seen women with boils on their skin, facial hair and uneven skin tone due to bleaching. Then there’s the damage the creams etc is doing to the internal… Read more »

Wendi York
Wendi York
4 years ago
Reply to  poor azaelia

How am I being a hypocrite? Did I say that I myself did or did not do these things? I am not the one going around saying one thing , but doing another. So if anyone is a hypocrite it’s her.

poor azaelia
poor azaelia
4 years ago
Reply to  Wendi York

She is not a hypocrite, she’s actually honest, vulnerable and open about her struggle. Can stop expecting black women to be perfect all the time? We are flawed and we get scared, we also want to be praised and appreciated but in this white supremacist world, we all have internalized a form of self hate. For some it can go to the extent of skin bleaching but that does not mean that she is not pro-black, and proud o be black. Yes she struggles with SOME aspects of her blackness..as in her dark color, but she constantly speaks up for… Read more »

Jay
Jay
4 years ago
Reply to  poor azaelia

Ugh I can’t believe this girl has an defender… After some of the terrible things she’s done and said online including saying very inappropriate things to a child and now this hypocritical mess

poor azaelia
poor azaelia
4 years ago
Reply to  Jay

I’m perfectly aware of the fact that she can be very problematic! But it’s off topic, her respectability has nothing to do with the pain and pressure that she felt from having dark skin! She is still a black woman, non of us are perfect, we all have some internalized form of self hate (even when we like to pretend the opposite), it’s direct effect and symptome of living in a society that is infected with anti-black racism, so give the girl a break! Her having said problematic things makes her immune to feel pain, suffering, self doubt and pressure?… Read more »

Jamesha Wilkerson
Jamesha Wilkerson
4 years ago
Reply to  poor azaelia

She isn’t honest abou anything you idiot. She is in FACT a hypocrite. She calls people out all the time for geting things down to their body while doing the same thing which is the exact definition of hypocrite. I’m not even going to go into everything else in your tired comment because you clearly lack any common sense. Just now that you are wrong and so I she and that’s a fact.

poor azaelia
poor azaelia
4 years ago

How is she not honnest when she made a 20minutes videos discussiong her skin bleaching and also discussing the topic on her socual media?who is the idiot? This is clear evidence of someone being transparent about what they are doing instead of hiding it like other celebs so check yourself before calling people idiots you dont even make sense. Yes she’s been problematic in very the past, butthat diesnt mean shes not honnest now about her skin bleaching, you’re dumb. You should learn to make the difference between a persons problematic views and the person’s ability to question herself and… Read more »

good2bfree
good2bfree
4 years ago
Reply to  poor azaelia

Melanin protects the skin. How will exposing skin stripped of that protection help?

guest
guest
4 years ago
Reply to  good2bfree

No one said it will help or be beneficial to her, thats not the point pkease re read the discussion, your comment is unrelevant.

Jamesha Wilkerson
Jamesha Wilkerson
4 years ago
Reply to  poor azaelia

Not at all actually. Also learn the definition of hypocrite before using it because you are way off.

poor azaelia
poor azaelia
4 years ago

I know the exact definition of a hypocrite and I’m using it, deal with it stupid

Miss.
Miss.
4 years ago
Reply to  poor azaelia

She has absolutely destroyed her skin with the extent of bleaching she has done. With relaxers, makeups and wig, you can wash or cut it off.

Krissy
Krissy
4 years ago
Reply to  Wendi York

By the way, skin bleaching changes your skin color, but it certainly doesnt change your DNA, so if she stopped using the cream, overtime, her skin would rejuvenate as new skin cells would replace the dead ones, and she would be back to her original color. So yes skin bleaching is reversible, it’s just more long term than other ways of whitening oneself, such as wearing countor makeup and weaves, and wigs, and relaxers, and straightning, dying our hair blond etc. So let’s not try to pretend we are better than her when we do all those ”reversable” things to.

Wendi York
Wendi York
4 years ago
Reply to  Krissy

I never said I was better than her. But do I disagree with what she is saying? YES.

Jamesha Wilkerson
Jamesha Wilkerson
4 years ago
Reply to  Krissy

Wearing a hair weave and bleaching your skin are just two completely different things that can’t be compared period. Idiots who don’t actually understand what black people have died and continue to die for try to create a bridge between the two where there is none. Yes someone people try to conform to certain beauty standards while getting straight hair but that doesn’t mean you hate being black in most cases. Bleaching your skin to try to achieve a lighter complexion is pure self hate that can’t be justified. People weren’t killed because of their hair texture but because of… Read more »

poor azaelia
poor azaelia
4 years ago

You are so ignorannnnttttttttttt!!!!!!! So you think people were killed solely for their skin color? Wrong. Go back to your history books idiot, a racist person will hate you for EVERYTHING that makes you black! From your skin tone to your hair texture, to your features such as the nose the lips, to the way you speak (black vernacular) to everything that is a representation of your race and culture. So shut up woth ypur ignorance how could you say something so dumb! And even if your statement that are (obviously based on solid historical and sociological knowledge ) were… Read more »

lindy arter
lindy arter
4 years ago

I partially agree with Azealia on this one. While skin lightening concerns me, I am equally disturbed by black women doing make-up videos “contouring” their noses to make them look thinner and ultimately, more like an anglo nose. However, I know that doesn’t mean that the person doesn’t care about their community. It also doesn’t mean that they can’t be vocal about the negative impact of anglo beauty standards on non-anglo peoples. On the other hand, deciding to change the way that one looks in order to conform to the majority culture’s preferences does nothing to help in the fight to… Read more »

Jamesha Wilkerson
Jamesha Wilkerson
4 years ago
Reply to  lindy arter

Wearing in trend makeup and bleaching your skin are two different things that aren’t any where near comparable and that’s a fact. You can wash off the makeup you can’t wash off your skin color. Black people also weren’t killed because their noses were too big they were killed and are still killed becaus of their skin color. Simple really. Hating your black skin and then trying to turn around and be about other black bodies is a contradiction and makes her statements irrelevant. That’s a fact. You can’t go preaching self love and black love while bleaching your skin.… Read more »

lindy arter
lindy arter
4 years ago

It’s sad that the only way that you can talk to someone is to hurl insults. It shows a complete lack of intelligence, character and basic decency. You should be ashamed of yourself.

There is really nothing that I can say to your comment as you have clearly come on this page only to insult people who don’t share your worldview. As the saying goes: never argue with an idiot, because it will be difficult from the outside to tell one from the other.

Good luck to you.

candice roma
candice roma
4 years ago

I think people are entitled to do whatever they want with their body, but if you’re saying you’re pro black and can’t even accept that black skin is beautiful, you’re skipping steps. While you fight for the cause, try and find the love for yourself. Skin bleaching is damaging as hell. That is some serious self hate. Not even close to hair relaxing.

Peju Ayemojuba
Peju Ayemojuba
4 years ago

Bleaching your skin and stating you’re still “Pro black”? Nah Hon. That’s like going to McDonald’s but stating I’m still a Vegetarian. She’s free to do what she wants. Who am I to Judge, but don’t preach this false narrative of being Pro-black when you constantly bash other Black women for bleaching (which she has done). Banks is a Hypocrite and constantly shames other black people for things she herself does. She wouldn’t need to attempt to justify her actions if she thought what she was doing was right. And all these naïve women supporting her need to question what… Read more »

Jay
Jay
4 years ago
Reply to  Peju Ayemojuba

Let’s not forget how she shamed a 14 year old black girl over twitter…

poor azaelia
poor azaelia
4 years ago
Reply to  Jay

Okay, but it’s kind of off topic because we’re talking about skin bleaching.

Jamesha Wilkerson
Jamesha Wilkerson
4 years ago
Reply to  Peju Ayemojuba

Exactly true. I wouldn’t care if she went full Lil Kim just don’t go around stating to be for black bodies and black love while trying to erase yourself because you are too dark. It’s a contradiction which some dim people don’t seem to get.

Chloe
Chloe
4 years ago

Being vocal about the way black people are mistreated doesn’t equal self love. It’s possible for a person to hate being black AND also hate being mistreated. Azealia Banks is a perfect example of this mindset. Azealia doesn’t like that she’s dark skinned, she doesn’t like that she’s a black person. If she could take a pill tomorrow that would make her white, she probably would, despite her rants against racism. There are people of color out there who rant about mistreatment and we need not confuse that with self acceptance. Azealia Banks is an angry self hater as opposed… Read more »

poor azaelia
poor azaelia
4 years ago
Reply to  Chloe

It’s funny how self hate is used as a way to demean someone. Well first of she has admited to have her self esteem shaken by the pressure to become lighter, so you there’s nothing new in what you are saying. Plus growing up in a system and country when every day of your life you get the message that your skin is not pretty, that your features are ugly ect, can we not understand her position? We berate and nag at a woman who is already betten down by the system. Do we, as her own, need to put… Read more »

Jamesha Wilkerson
Jamesha Wilkerson
4 years ago
Reply to  poor azaelia

It’s not used to demean someone it’s a simple observation. You bleach your skin to give into a standard of beauty forced on us that’s self hate. Plain and simple. Its not an opinion it’s a fact. Humans should learn from their mistakes yet she continues to make excuses for it. I’m not show in anyone compassion who gets to be down for my struggle as a darker skinned black women yet bleachs their skin showing that they actually hate darker skin. Way to go idiots. You are trick I mg yourselvs into believing Banks makes any sense.

poor azaelia
poor azaelia
4 years ago

” You bleach your skin to give into a standard of beauty forced on us that’s self hate.” Okay then how about straight hair and contour? You wear a straight wig to give into a standard of beauty forced on is, that’s self-hate too then. I used your own words, your own logic

Jamesha Wilkerson
Jamesha Wilkerson
4 years ago
Reply to  Chloe

Exactly. Your points go to shit as soon as you contradict yourself which she tends to do many times.

Guest
Guest
4 years ago

She’s mentally ill person that is in constant need of attention. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a high prevalence of mentally ill people in the art/celebrity.

Itumeleng
Itumeleng
4 years ago

As a caramel sister who faces racism like other blacks, I feel we still don’t understand the plight of our darker hued sisters within the black community. My mother and older sister are dark skinned and never had problems with their dark skin, simply because they are beautiful period, but also because we grew up in Southern Africa were the pressures of white supremacy were not as stark as our American sisters. They were praised for their beauty along lighter skinned sistas. I can’t judge Azalea. She makes sense in what she says, but her delivery is abrasive and takes… Read more »

fromanotherplanet
fromanotherplanet
4 years ago

The pseudo-intellectualism of this twitter era is mind-blowing. I cannot. I just can’t.

Camille
Camille
4 years ago

I don’t personally think Azealia will find anything better than what she already has in a bottle, but I don’t understand why she is self hating when so many others aren’t singled out in the same way. Dark black women aren’t any more obligated to represent the head-to-toe natural look than anyone else. Wanting to have fairer skin is no worse than wanting straighter hair, a slimmer nose, or light colored eyes.

good2bfree
good2bfree
4 years ago
Reply to  Camille

It is worse when those chemicals in whatever she’s using could have long term consequences. Self-hatred aside, does anyone care about the effects this could be having internally? If something powerful enough to completely remove melanin from the skin, what else is being affected? Permed hair can be cut off. A new nose consists of reshaping. Lighter eyes can be achieved contacts, but can be removed. Going to the lengths of altering your actual skin color is dangerous enough from too much exposure to the sun. But to do so through chemicals? The reasons behind her wanting fairer skin is… Read more »

Camille
Camille
4 years ago
Reply to  good2bfree

Skin bleaching is creepy to me personally, but the idea that what she says has less meaning because she wants to bleach her skin is what I disagree with. There are women walking around with half of the nose they were born with, a straight blonde weave and contact lenses and no one says anything. I truly don’t think that it indicates someone who hates their blackness more than any other beauty treatments meant to make someone look less black. She is one of the few women willing to talk openly about the colorism in Hip Hop and how it affected… Read more »

Jamesha Wilkerson
Jamesha Wilkerson
4 years ago
Reply to  Camille

It has less meaning coming from her because she is a hypocrite and it contradicts everything she says and that’s a fact. You can’t go around claiming that people need to stop racism and love black bodies and darker skinned women while bleaching your skin and that’s also a fact. It negates completely from the point.

guest
guest
4 years ago
Reply to  good2bfree

OOh please, yes she admitted to feeling the pressure of conforming to white beauty standards because we live in a white supremacist world and pretty much all dark skin women feel that pressure. And i can’t imagine what they must have told her, as an entertainer, there is even more criticism of dark skin women, so who knows what she’s gone throught? Plus PSA, relaxers is not healthier or any less harmfull then skin bleaching. did you know that relaxers have the same ph balance as bleach? Did you know that it can make you blind if it falls into… Read more »

good2bfree
good2bfree
4 years ago
Reply to  guest

In reply to your obvious denial of what’s going on, please have several seats and shut the entire hell up. Have a good day!

guest
guest
4 years ago
Reply to  good2bfree

You have several seats and shut the entire hell! No one is denial about the harmful effects of skin bleaching, what I am fighting against is the false belief that all relaxers are less harmfull and don’t have the same signification as skin bleaching. we use this belief to put her down as if what she’s doing is worst then what so many of us are doing. I dont support her decision but i dont support hypocrisy either so before you call me out me with your oh so elaborate and articulate “comment” make sure you understand where I’m coming… Read more »

guest
guest
4 years ago
Reply to  Camille

I agree!

Jamesha Wilkerson
Jamesha Wilkerson
4 years ago
Reply to  Camille

Like who? Who isn’t singled out? And how does that take away from her being a self hater? A slim nose wasn’t what black people were killed for. Darker eyes aren’t what black people are killed for. Straight hair isn’t what black people are killed for. Try again please but at least try to make sense next time.

poor azaelia
poor azaelia
4 years ago

A big nose is what black people were killed for, Big lips is what black people were killed for, afro hair is what black people were killed for, dark skin is what black people were killed for. We were killed for everything we are, we were mocked and humiliated and compared to animals for EVERYTHING we are. Stop spreading your ignorance. How can you be so rude to people when you are so incredibly ignorant and don’t even have a clear notion of racism! Racism (Race-ism) is against a whole race, not just skin color. Just go back to dark… Read more »

good2bfree
good2bfree
4 years ago

Lisa Raye’s movie ‘Skinned’ touched on many of the issues in your post. You are correct.

Getty
Getty
4 years ago

YASS

HonorWhenNoOnesLooking
HonorWhenNoOnesLooking
4 years ago

She’s a self-hating racist and and she’s racist against nonblack people too. She’s just utterly messed up.

leila
leila
4 years ago

Wooww you must be white, otherwise you would know the difference between racism and prejudice. Sorry but this convo is not for you, please exit.

Chel
Chel
4 years ago
Reply to  leila

Oh I’ve been reading the comments and the things I’ve been seeing “HonorWhenNoOnesLooking” strongly points to them being white. I wouldn’t listen to them since they’re clearly not advocating for pro-black.

HonorWhenNoOnesLooking
HonorWhenNoOnesLooking
4 years ago
Reply to  Chel

you’re an idiot if you’d support someone so morally bankrupt like Azelia Banks considering all she says and does. This woman is a loser who starts fights with people through social media because she has nothing to offer to society. But clearly you only the world in black and white and are a racist yourself. I could be Asian, or Latino or mixed or none of the above.

leila
leila
4 years ago

Just shut up already, you don’t even make any sense right now. We are discussiong an issue that a lot of black women struggle with, and you come in with your ignorance telling people who are having an intelligent conversation on the matter they are idiot and racist? Maybe your the one who only sees things in black and white. Maybe your the one thats racist being intrusive and random in a space that’s reserved for black women. Just because she says insensitive comments doesnt mean she has to be disregarded as a human being, we can talk about other… Read more »

HonorWhenNoOnesLooking
HonorWhenNoOnesLooking
4 years ago
Reply to  leila

A woman who promotes skin bleaching and says racist things is racist. Have not read anything she posts.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/commentisfree/2016/may/16/azealia-banks-apologizes-for-racist-rant-about-zayn-malik

You’re just a stan so everything she does, you’ll support no matter how immoral. Idolator scum.

guest
guest
4 years ago

Hummm who said I support her? Who said I agree with her? I specifically talked about you not knowing the difference between racism and prejudice and I can see your still ignorant about that matter, so like I said, you are obviously not black and are irrelevant to this conversation. So please feel free to exit and take your ignorance elsewhere. Thanks

Lolalao
Lolalao
4 years ago
Reply to  guest

I wonder why they follow us around. It’s like if we all say fugg it and move, will they follow us? It’s scary to be obessed with a group of people.

maralondon
maralondon
4 years ago

There has been an outcry in response to what Beyonce has done to her appearance. I watched a youtube video some years ago on how Beyonce’s features have changed over the years then there was that controversy over the Indian magasine cover where she appeared lighter. I constantly hear people putting Beyonce on blast. But I guess she has a huge following and it would seem like Azealia has a few followers also.

Annon
Annon
4 years ago
Reply to  maralondon

Honeslty, whatever blacklash Beyonce might have faced (I’ve never seen a lot of people really go in on beyonce like they do azaelia banks) is nothing compared to the amount of whitewashing she has done to herself for 10 years, and it’s nothing compared to the backlash Banks is facing right now. Beyonce is one of the most famous entertainer on the planet and she constantly conforms to white supremacist beauty ideals, but notice how the author of the article is scared for little black girls self-esteem when Azaelia Banks does the skin bleach? Why weren’t we scared for all these… Read more »

maralondon
maralondon
4 years ago

Honestly, I’m not a Beyonce fan. I can accept that she is a talented artist and give her props for that but as far as her being a role model to little girls I think that’s dangerous just as I think Azealia is not. I can see how many BW are desperate to emulate Beyonce, whether it be the long blond weave she wears the way she cavorts herself on stage the fake messages in her music, her skin bleaching nose changing etc. But you are right there dosen’t seem to be enough protesting of her behaviour but plenty of… Read more »

Jamesha Wilkerson
Jamesha Wilkerson
4 years ago

She is a hypocrite of outstanding proportions. O also find it comical that people are actually standing up for her and skin bleaching. There are millions of dark skin people who are actually struggling with beauty standards. Banks is not struggling she has given up and so she no longer has a voice on the struggle it’s as simple as that.

Jamesha Wilkerson
Jamesha Wilkerson
4 years ago

Beyonce has had tons of outcry about her skin bleaching in the span of her whole career just because you haven’t heard it doesn’t mean shit. I don’t see any Banks hate unless I look for it which makes your comment irrelevant. Just like their are stand for beyonce their are stand for Banks.

poor azaelia
poor azaelia
4 years ago

You don’t see any Banks hate? Beyonce has gotten tons of outcry? Where? When exactly? .…interesting how one’s perception of things can be biased. And in addition to that you are the mesure that makes a comment relevant or not? So if you havent heard or observed this or that it’s not relevant? wow you must really be an important person right! I mean it’s true that you have an excellent understanding of racism so we can certainly trust your knowledge on any subject!

R.Cola
R.Cola
4 years ago

Ok so. I can already tell you this isn’t going to be a popular opinion… But Why do we give stuff like this so much attention? We live in a homogenous world. It’s 2016. I’m going to put my personal opinion aside for a second and just point out some…observations.. Why is it that the Kylie Jenners of the world Tan their skin, swell their lips, plump their booty, braid their hair, listen to hip hop and date only non-white males… and I have YET to read a detailed article written by a caucasian about how they they Hate themselves, and… Read more »

Annon
Annon
4 years ago

I’m calling out BGLH on this, why make an article criticising Azaelia Banks for her skin bleaching when this issue has never been adresses regarding other celebrities such as Beyonce! Bank’s self esteem and pro-blackness is now put into question because she chooses to conform to certain white supremacists ideals of beauty, and as a black skin woman, she’s part of the group that will feel this pressure the most, and she’s the only one who get’s called out and policed for succoming to the pressure, while you don’t criticize other artists AS MUCH. Beyonce is the prime exemple of this.… Read more »

Precious Porous
Precious Porous
4 years ago

She is a seriously deceived person and when I’m not incredulous by the offensive and vulgar things she does, I am feeling bad for her because of this and from learning what a horrible upbringing she had. To me, the damage her abusive childhood did is evident in the way she acts. But no one should support regarding this skin bleaching issue because this is a detrimental way of thinking to black people. We all have something that makes us special and something that we’d rather change, but our dark skin should never be put in the latter category. For… Read more »

good2bfree
good2bfree
4 years ago

I maybe clowned for not being lighter skinned, but I will be damned if I let society get in my head to the point where I’m playing Russian roulette with my health in order to be accepted by a society that has chosen to shun me no matter how much I alter my appearance. As for these ‘supporters,’ does anyone know what’s in these creams? If something is literally removing pigmentation from your skin, chances are it’s wreaking havoc someplace else. One thing to support her. Another thing to enable and encourage her to self- destruct.

Sharif Dacus
Sharif Dacus
4 years ago

I still find it toxic when she wants to go in on people for getting body modifications such as Skin-bleaching and implants (read:Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim), but then turns around on snapchat flaunting her new breasts (“Guess who got some new titties y’all?”). She wants to call a black girl on Instagram a tar baby, told her to pick Banks’ cotton and use Dencia’s whitenicious (see: @goodgollymissmolly on Instagram)but she bleaching her skin acting like she was born that shade. She wants to complain about how marginalized she is in the industry when she attacked a 14 year… Read more »

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