It is rightfully said that if you want to change the world, start with changing yourself and your surroundings. And in this case, your family (at least try).
Shahrukh Khan’s daughter, Suhana Khan is in news for her recent powerful-post on ending skin-colourism that is so prevalent in India. Suhana took on Instagram recently to share what entertaining a dark skin tone in India is like. She wrote how she, since the age of 12, has been called ugly for her skin tone.
An excerpt from her post read, “There’s a lot going on right now and this is one of the issues we need to fix! This isn’t just about me, it’s about every young girl/boy who has grown up feeling inferior for absolutely no reason. Here are just a few of the comments made about my appearance. I’ve been told I’m ugly because of my skin tone, by full grown men and women, since I was 12 years old.”
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She further goes on to criticise matrimonial sites for nourishing the notion of the need to be fair-skinned to get the perfect husband or wife.
“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.” She signed off the post on a positive note. “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,” wrote Suhana.
Well, after reading the post, we appreciate Suhana for standing out for 1,000s of men/women who have to face such experiences on daily basis. But, on the other side, we wonder what stopped Suhana from quoting fairness creams in her long-post. Well, recall all such “appreciate-your skin tone” posts and one thing you will find common in all of them is they criticising fairness creams.
But in Suhana’s case, the internet figured out that the fact that her father endorses Fair and Handsome cream might be all the reason for her not quoting fairness creams in her post.
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Surely, a child must not be blamed for what her father or mother does but the fact that when you are an influencer like The SRK, who has been setting examples of hard work throughout his life, it becomes the latter’s responsibility to continue to the legacy and maybe listen to what his child has to say.