Colour prejudice has been one of the evils Indian film industry, and Indian women in modern society are fighting back. Taking to the hate messages and trolls on social media over her dark tone, hah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan, on Tuesday shared a strongly-worded post, which calls for “ending colourism”.
Sharing her story fighting back the colourism, Suhana who is quite active on social media said that she has been called ugly since she was the age of 12 and added that it was sad that her own people are making her painfully insecure.
She also shared a powerful message about the need to end colourism and said that she was extremely happy with her complexion and height.
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There's a lot going on right now and this is one of the issues we need to fix!! this isn't just about me, it's about every young girl/boy who has grown up feeling inferior for absolutely no reason. Here are just a few of the comments made about my appearance. I've been told I'm ugly because of my skin tone, by full grown men and women, since I was 12 years old. Other than the fact that these are actual adults, what's sad is that we are all indian, which automatically makes us brown – yes we come in different shades but no matter how much you try to distance yourself from the melanin, you just can't. Hating on your own people just means that you are painfully insecure. I'm sorry if social media, Indian matchmaking or even your own families have convinced you, that if you're not 5"7 and fair you're not beautiful. I hope it helps to know that I'm 5"3 and brown and I am extremely happy about it and you should be too. #endcolourism
“I’m sorry if social media, Indian matchmaking or even your own families have convinced you that if you’re not 5’7 and fair you’re not beautiful. I hope it helps to know that I’m 5’3 and brown and I am extremely happy about it and you should be too. #endcolourism,” Suhana added as she concluded her statement.
Along with the note, the 20-year-old star kid also attached multiple screenshots of the comments she still receives about the way she looks. A particular comment read that she looked like a Kali Chudail which means a black witch.
Followed by overwhelming response to her post, Suhana thanked everyone for their words of encouragement and said that she would never get her skin lightened. Suhana wants to become an actress. She studied films at England’s Ardingly College and is currently a student at New York University.