KeKe Palmer On Colorism in Hollywood: ‘I Used To Pray To Have Light Skin’

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  • According to KeKe Palmer, anyone who thinks colorism in the industry is a thing of the past is sadly mistaken.

    Palmer recently made an appearance at the Hollywood Confidential Panel in Los Angeles where she revealed that she once wanted to have lighter skin so that she could be beautiful.

    “When I was like 5 years old I used to pray to have light skin because I would always hear how pretty that little light skin girl was, or I would hear I was pretty ‘to be dark skinned.’ It wasn’t until I was 13 that I really learned to appreciate my skin color and know that I was beautiful,” she said.

    The singer-actress faced skin bleaching rumors after photos appeared online showing her as much lighter, rumors that she quickly denied. “We need to stop separating ourselves by how dark or how light we are. I have been the same complexion all my life and if you think otherwise don’t follow me.”

    On the panel was also actress Kimberly Elise; who added that African-Americans need to participate in the color spectrum in both Hollywood and the community.

    Gabrielle Union joined Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad and Oprah to discuss colorism in Hollywood, but the conversation quickly turned within to the pressures black women put on themselves.

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    1. Seems strange that Keke would say that because when she was growing up the majority of the kids on TV were dark skinned, and so were the black actresses!
      Sometimes, and it is unfortunate, some darker skinned folks place themselves in a negative position by what they think about themselves, and what they (secretly) wished they looked like.
      Please understand that I am not indicating that there is/was no colorism in Hollywood or any place else, and especially in one’s own family.

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