For mainstream Pakistanis, females fall into two categories; you can either be beautiful, or you can be dark-skinned. There’s no in between, and the two are polar opposites so don’t you dare think you can be both at the same time.
Here are some of the struggles you’ll face, if you’re at the dark end of the situation (pun intended):
1. When aunties tell you, “Kali ho magar attractive ho”…
You and your dichotomy can go to hell.
2. Your relatives have recommended about a dozen remedies and fairness creams to your mom.
If nothing works, wear layers of jewelry to hide the disease that is dark skin.
3. Rishta aunties have warned you about your probable fate as a spinster.
You didn’t even pretend to care.
4. You’ve been pityingly told, “Koi baat nahi beta, inner beauty comes from within“.
There’s no “koi baat nahi beta” about this, it DOES come from within, dear ignorant, superficial people.
5. If you ever go to a salon in Pakistan, their makeup will mostly be about whitening you up.
The result will be an unnatural gray. But hey, what’s the use of makeup if it can’t make you look “gori”, right?
6. You’ve cringed every time a fairness cream ad on TV has shown that success and husbands are luxuries reserved for white women.
Which is pretty much all the time…
7. Your friends never tire of making dark skin jokes with you, and really, it isn’t amusing in the slightest degree.
“Tum andheray me nazar ati ho?”
It’s high time our society understood two important truths:
a) Beauty is independent of the color of your skin; in fact, beauty is more than just skin.
b) Appearance shouldn’t be the criteria to judge women.