We can’t deny the fact that discrimination based on the color of the skin is still very much prevalent around the world. While it is undoubtedly true that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, obviously not on the color of the skin, many are still obsessed with fair skin. In a world still prevalent with such situation, this ‘Dark and Lovely’ piece of art, which recently went viral on social media, is an incredible work that will surely open up discussion around colorism and ‘hypocritic’ global beauty standards.
The illustration, which shows a dark-skinned woman holding a tube of a face cream called ‘Dark and Lovely’, was created by Waseka Nahar, who is said to be a Bangladesh-based artist, and inspired by a picture originally clicked by and featuring Zainab Anwar, who is said to be a Pakistani artist based in Canada.
Here is the artwork that we are talking about and which recently went viral on social media.
After it went viral on social media, NDTV reportedly reached out and spoke to Waseka Nahar and Zainab Anwar – the artists behind the stunning artwork ‘Dark and Lovely’. Speaking about her work, 25-year-old Waseka reportedly told the TV channel:
“Discrimination based on your skin color is still prevalent. And fairness creams add fuel to the fire. Through my artwork, I want to address colorism.”
“Zainab’s picture symbolizes that there is a certain ‘stigma’ – for lack of a better word – surrounding dark skin. The picture boldly says that dark skin is as beautiful as its counterpart.”
The photograph which inspired Waseka to come up with her artwork was shared by Zainab on her Instagram page a few days ago.
When asked what inspired her to come up with the idea, Zainab recalled her experience of facing scrutiny in the past for having dark skin.
“Growing up I had faced scrutiny for being “dark” and my relatives would give me fairness creams. Thus, I thought of creating a tube with the opposite idea to make people question this whole industry which is promoting so much negativity and ultimately leads to greater issues such as racism.”
Elaborating more on how she took the photo and the social message behind it, Zainab said:
“I took this image in my bedroom by self-timing my camera. The social message behind this is specifically directed to the Indian subcontinent which is why I am in traditional attire.”