Did SkinWhite just make a model put a blackface for their new ad?


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Did SkinWhite just make a model put a blackface for their new ad?
The skin whitening brand’s new ad stirs controversy for apparently making a fair-skinned model appear darker

MANILA, Philippines – In what may be an effort (albeit very misguided) to be woke, SkinWhite recently released an ad in which they appear to have committed blackface.

In the ad for the skin whitening brand posted on social media, sisters Marianne and Martha Bibal are shown side by side, with their hair braided together. One twin sports blonde hair and fair skin, while the other has dark hair and tan skin.

The copy reads “Dark or White. You Are Beautiful,” and is appended with the hashtag “#DarkorWhiteisBeautiful.”

The ad preaches an empowering message in a Southeast Asian country that’s been plagued by predominantly Eurocentric beauty standards, and some people appreciated the ad’s tagline.

“AMEN to that!” said one netizen, commenting on the ad on Instagram.

However others were quick to note that the model with the tan skin was not naturally dark, which implies that she was wearing blackface.

Blackface is the term used to refer to when a person is made to look like a person of color – particularly a black person – through makeup. The practice has a deeply racist history, and dates back to a time when white entertainers in the United States would portray derogatory black stereotypes by darkening their skin and exaggerating their features.

On Twitter, many netizens weighed in on the ad.

Many pointed out that one of the models was made to wear blackface, and wondered why the brand couldn’t just hire a morena model.

Others also noted that the ad was tone deaf, especially as it markets a product whose main selling point is to lighten one’s skin.



The SkinWhite ad is the latest incident wherein the public decried the inherent racism and Eurocentrism in mainstream Filipino media.

Shows like Nita Negrita and Bagani have been criticized in the past for casting fair-skinned actors and darkening their skin for the roles.

Despite the pushback, however, fair skin and Eurocentric features are still seen as more desirable by many, and skin whitening procedures are still being offered by dermatologists. – Rappler.com

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