Black women, beauty and advertising

by Chitra Nagarajan

I’m sure you all remember Satoshi Kanazawa’s claim thatBlack women are … far less attractive than white, Asian, and Native American women.” Psychology Today has since apologised for the post and removed it from their site (hence, why I haven’t linked to it but you can read commentary about it here).

This week, comes the news that

Naomi Campbell is like chocolate…

…and Dove can make your skin become ‘visibly more beautiful in just one week’ (meaning of course whiter).

So not impressed.

Operation Black Vote has called for Cadbury’s to apologise and withdraw its campaign and said the Dove advert reflects subliminal racial stereotypes in advertising.

What do y’all think?


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