This is Kema Rajandran. She is the runner-up in the Miss India Australia contest in 2008. She spent two years modelling in the UK from 2009 but she says her career in Australia came to a standstill after a Perth-based casting agency told her that her non-Caucasian features would limit her career prospects. As a child, Kema was encouraged to use skin whitening products by her parents but has since taken a stand against them. Many Indians associate dark skin with a lower class status.
She starts speaking around 24:55 where she talks about her family discouraging her from going outside because they didn't want her to get any darker. In addition, they even bought skin lightning cream so her skin could become lighter. Now in this talk show segment she speak about being proud of your skin but she later goes on to marry... a WHITE GUY.
Poll Question: Do you think a heavy reason for her marrying this person was because he was white and she didn't want her children to go through what she went through?
Most Helpful Girl
I think to some degree it influences her preferences. Being a child wanting to go outside to play and just be a child, young and free, then being told you can't because your skin will get darker will have some influence on the child and how they see their own skin. Constantly being told to use certain products because they will lighten your skin automatically sends the message that your dark skin tone isn't acceptable or not as beautiful. In her case she might have married him because he is white, but also because she loves him. Only she knows that answer. Mainstream media has depicted white/light skin tone as beautiful, and women daily are always held to a standard, teeth, weight, hair, clothes, make-up etc. Skin tone does factor into these issues.1
Most Helpful Guy
Maybe but in her case she seems to have taken a stand against that mentality. Perhaps she just happens to like the guy even though he looks like he is a claymation come to life.2