Lovely & Dark: 7 women share stories of growing up in fairness-obsessed India
Even as Fair & Lovely rebrands itself, a software developer, an artist and a writer share their experiences as dark-skinned women in a country where fairness is social capital
Seema Hari, a 33-year-old developer with Snapchat based in Los Angeles, is used to talking about her fight against colourism. She speaks out strongly against the issue on her Instagram handle and a Medium blog and her articles have appeared in Brown Girl Magazine. At the beginning of this chat, Seema is bright and energetic, especially considering it's almost bedtime for her in the US. Soon, the conversation veers to her parents and how they reacted to the kind of vindictive bullying she faced as a child. Calm and cheerful so far, Hari suddenly starts crying. “My mom did her best. She tried to tell me it was okay, to be strong. But I don’t think even she knew how to deal with it," she says. “I am sorry, I don’t know why I am crying. I have spoken about this so much."