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Azealia Banks Defends Her Decision to Bleach Her Skin

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“What’s the Difference?”



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On July 1, Azealia Banks posted a video to her Facebook that addressed the rumors, confirming that she has, indeed, been bleaching her skin. Defending her choice, she argued that skin bleaching isn’t as big a deal as some people make it out to be, saying that black people have always assimilated into the white majority.

To Banks, skin whitening is just an external cosmetic procedure, a “continuation of the falsification of the self that comes with being a black person in America,” which she relates to black people speaking with proper English or doing well in liberal academia—to her, it’s all bleaching (her words, not mine.)

“What’s the difference between getting a nose job and changing your skin color? What’s the difference between wearing a hair weave and changing your skin color?” she continues, arguing that many people do things to change their looks without changing who they are on the inside or negating their own race or identity. “What do body modifications have to do with somebody’s level of intellect? The two don’t correlate [….] and I think it’s petty.”

Throughout the video, she makes the health risks involved with skin lightening products very clear, and urges people who seek out these treatments to be careful and to know what they’re getting themselves into.

Fans React

azealia banks skin bleaching fans reaction

Source: Instagram @azealiabanks/ Twitter @melaninbarbie

Needless to say, most fans weren’t very happy with Azealia’s video or reasoning behind her skin bleaching. While she may have brought up a good point of external appearances not necessarily having to do with internal convictions, there is a bit of hypocrisy going on here that fans were eager to call out.

Many took to social media to call her out for back peddling on prior opinions, stances, and rants against white artists like Iggy Azalea appropriating black culture. Others saw through the drama and wished her health and happiness, hoping that Banks will soon find peace with herself and accept her body as it is.

This logic also ties into Azealia’s argument: Perhaps skin bleaching isn’t so different from other cosmetic procedures like nose jobs, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to intent. Are people who pursue these alterations upset with themselves and their appearances? Or do they simply wish to make a change? Either way, we hope it makes them happy.

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