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Monday, March 15, 2010

Mirror Mirror On The Wall !!

Once upon a time, as a queen sat sewing at her window, she pricked her finger on her needle and three drops of blood fell on the snow that had fallen on her ebony window frame. She looked at the blood on the snow, and said, "Oh, how I wish that I had a daughter that had skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony". Soon after that, the queen gave birth to a baby girl who had skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony. They named her Princess Snow White. But the Queen died soonafter. The king took a new wife, who was beautiful but also very vain. The Queen possessed a magical mirror that answered any question, But she was consumed by just one: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who in the land is fairest of all?"

Well and most of us do know this Fairy Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, well that is not what this post is about. It shows that from time immemorial the part of the world where the sun shines brightest is obsessed with Fairness and most often than less equates being fair with being beautiful. Fairness is seriously overated in a country like India where Fair & Lovely, Garnier and other brands make a kiling profit not only in the fairness creams segment for women, but now in the men's segment too. :) On google, you will get more sites and posts on how to become fair than you may get for how to make the environment go green !! White is more popular than green when it comes to the battleground of beauty. The world needs more greens and humans need more fairness cremes ;-)

Skin color can range from almost black (in skin with very high concentrations of the dark brown pigment melanin) to nearly colorless (appearing pinkish white due to the blood vessels under the skin) Skin color is determined primarily by the amount and type of melanin. In general, people with ancestors from tropical regions and higher altitudes (who were hence exposed to greater ultraviolet radiation) have darker skin than people with ancestors from middle latitudes. This is far from a hard and fast rule, however, because many light-skinned groups have managed to survive at the equator through social adaptation. The same can be said of dark-skinned groups living at subtropical and temperate latitudes.Several genes have been invoked to explain variations of skin tones in humans, including SLC45A2,ASIP, MATP, TYR, and OCA2.A recently discovered gene, SLC24A5 has been shown to account for a substantial fraction of the difference in the average of 30 or so melanin units between Europeans and Africans.For facts,Light-skinned persons have about a tenfold greater risk of dying from skin cancer, compared with dark-skinned persons, under equal sunlight exposure. Dark skin prevents radiation of UV-A rays from destroying the essential folic acid, derived from B vitamins.

I myself am Wheatish Fair Complexion and i love being that!! Its just that being Fair is so overated now-a-days that it causes frenzy in a lot of heads. So no matter what your skin color is, just love it and love yourself for it, because it looks great on you !! Skin color is really deep, much deeper than the superficial use of bleaching agents, cucumbers, honey, tomato, rose water. It is too much controlled by your melanin and even more locked up in your genetic make up, even if you hate your ancestral gene pool you are bound to it till you take birth again, might as well learn to love it and respect it. Maintaining and taking good care of your skin is essential but being obsessed with looking fair is just not worth it !! There may be more important things to change about oneself than the color of the skin.

1 comment:

  1. That's why they say all's Fair in love and war. Both in today's world happens for the same reason :P
    Skin complexion isn't that big a deal as long as you're who you really are.

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