"The only thing ugly in the world are thoughts and actions that rob us or others of love, peace, and joy. Everything else is beautiful.'
"Back then, I just wanted to be light-skinned so that I could be beautiful because the message was that anything that was not fair was plain ugly.
Yet at the same time, I wanted to be just as I was because I liked who I was, and also because I felt that the people making fun of dark-skinned people were doing something insensitive and hurtful, that they were wrong. And I didn’t want to change for the wrong people.
Back then, TV advertisements for fairness creams were about the dark-skinned girl failing to get the guy, get the job, and get the life of her dreams. The idea was to make you buy into that threatening future of never amounting to anything with the color that coats you, and then make you buy the magic cream that could give your life the right amount of pinkish/whitish glow it needs."