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Shahrukh Khan’s wife and daughter speak up against cultural stigmas about being ‘dark-skinned’

Shahrukh Khan's daughters have spoken up and against discrimination for being dark-skinned. They have been lauded for speaking up against the stigma

Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan’s wife, and daughter fight back being called dark-skinned in recent Instagram posts earlier this week

The actor’s daughter, Suhana Khan, on Wednesday, shared the screenshots of the internet trolls shaming her for being dark-skinned. Khan said she was called ugly and ‘kali’ since the age of 12.

She wrote: “Other than the fact that these are actual adults, what’s sad is that we are all Indian, which automatically makes us brown. Yes, we come in different shades, but no matter how much you try to distance yourself from the melanin, you just can’t. Hating on your own people just means that you are painfully insecure.”

You can’t distance from melanin

Suhana added: “I’m sorry if social media, Indian matchmaking, or even your own families have convinced you that if you’re not 5”7 and fair, you’re not beautiful. I hope it helps to know that I’m 5”3 and brown, and I am extremely happy about it, and you should be, too. #endcolourism.”

The actor’s daughter vowed to challenge ‘colorism’ which is rampant in many Asian communities. People with brown skin are often looked down upon and considered less beautiful than people with fair color. Several people equate fair color to exceptional beauty, the concept further reinforced by beauty and fairness skin products, according to public opinion.

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Khan highlighted the issue faced by several Asian girls who have dark-skin and brown-skin tone. Her post resonated with thousands of female Instagram users who appreciated Khan for raising a crucial dilemma.

“I am a woman. Protector, muse, wanderer, achiever, dreamer,” – Gauri Khan

Following the daughter, wife of Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan also took to Instagram, Ob Friday, and shared her two cents on the subject.

She wrote: “I am a woman. Protector, muse, wanderer, achiever, dreamer… You only see a part of me. The part that is rooted in my role, not in my soul. All that is unseen completes me, and from there, I draw my strength,” wrote the wife of the actor on Twitter.

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However, the 20-year-old daughter, confronted backlash on social media after a bevy of trolls slammed her for her father’s association with, men’s fairness cream.

Meanwhile, others lauded for showing the courage and being the first-star kid to open up about the problems equally faced by ordinary girls. A score of internet users said Suhana did what her father could not do in decades, refused to become an accomplice in perpetuating colorism.

GVS News Desk