After Bleaching Her Skin For 1 Year, Azealia Banks Is Now Shades Lighter, But Said She’s Not Bleaching Anymore
So, if you didn’t know, Azealia Banks defended her decision to start bleaching her skin back in 2016. She says it doesn’t change anything she has said in the past about being black in America.
Admitted To Bleaching
Banks admitted to bleaching her skin in June, after fans commented on her significantly lighter skin tone in an Instagram picture (since deleted).
“Nobody was upset when I was [wearing] 30-inch weaves, tearing out my edges, and doing all types of s**t like that,” she said. “You guys loved it, but what is the difference?”
Subsequent Instagram posts revealed that the “212” rapper has been using the controversial product Whitenicious to alter her deep brown skin.
A Change of Heart
Well it’s been about a year, and now she’s had a change of heart.
After months of speculation and scrunity, it looks like Azealia Banks had a change of heart regarding bleaching her beautiful brown skin.
I finally am back to my natural tone. I got curious/desperate and experimented with literally every skin bleaching/lightening/brightening product on the market!. Its been a long road but I've finally figured out a good exfoliating/brightening regimen that doesn't look bleachy!! #originalbleachinggirl lol ! #misscamaraderie
Now she recognizes the error of her ways.
“I finally am back to my natural tone. I got curious/desperate and experimented with literally every skin bleaching/lightening/brightening product on the market! Its been a long road but I’ve finally figured out a good exfoliating/brightening regimen that doesn’t look bleachy!!”
Often dubbed as “brightening,” “toning,” “fading” or “whitening” creams, skin bleaching treatments can lighten your complexion up several shades. While the “recommended” use is to reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, these creams are often abused to transform ones complexion entirely — feeding into outdated colorism ideals.
However, the dangers are pretty apparent as well. Doctors have found toxic ingredients like mercurous chloride and high-levels of hydroquinone within the formulas. Not to mention, stripping your skin of melanin leaves you less protected by ultraviolet rays and increases the risk for skin cancer. It’s honestly not a good look.