We're using cookies to improve your experience. Eurocentric standards also undermine those of European descent, who may not fit the bill entirely. I remember when others pointed out that I had various discolorations and hyperpigmentation. Moving forward has been an integral aspect of post-colonial society. For the years to follow—I found myself never believing compliments, dreading pictures, and having trouble buying clothes because nothing ever looked good. More often than enough, people have commented on the skin discoloration and roughness of them.
I was first called a skeleton in elementary school.
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Those surveyed for this article stated that uneven skin tone, like dark undereye circles, was not an issue. I have even begun to love pictures and myself. A study at Emory University found that photoshopped pictures of women with tans were deemed more attractive. Self-love, acceptance, and allowing our skin to breathe, allowing ourselves to be truly vulnerable in the presence of others has become rare. Why am I making this choice? I battle a war with my weight to the point of almost having an eating disorder many times.