The beautiful and wonderful model from Chattisgarh named Renee Kujur faced a lot of criticism for her skin tone. In the initial years of her career, she faced a lot of taunts and criticism. This was so because her skin tone is dark and people considered her unattractive due to her dark complexion. But now she is taking the internet by Storm.
According to an HT report:“When Renee Kujur was three, she participated in a fancy dress competition in her school, dressed as a fairy. As soon as she came on the stage, someone shouted: Dekho Dekho kaali pari (look, a black fairy) and the auditorium shook with laughter. Renee left the stage sobbing.”
Even in her modelling career, she faced the same. According to an India Today report, photographers would often tell makeup artists to lighten her skin tone by 3-4 shades. They would also ‘proudly’ say things like, “Sundar ladki ka makeup toh koi bhi kar sakta hai. The real challenge is to make a dark girl look good and I have done it.”
In spite of all these things, her career was going somehow. But her life changed when a friend recognised her uncanny resemblance to the pop-star Rihanna and shot her without altering her skin tone.
Renee said in an interview “Photographers would tell their clients that I resemble Rihanna. That way, it was easier to convince them. No one could deny that Rihanna wasn’t beautiful. That sort of worked in my favour. Those who had called me kaali and unattractive has to take back their words.”
We are living in the 21st century now but people are still judging others from colours, castes and religion. Don’t know why people go on complexion when it comes to beauty. The models like Joan Smalls, Rihanna, Priyanka Chopra has the proofs that dark is more beautiful. So, I think that typical stereotypes should change their mindsets.
Well done, Renee. May you have a bright future ahead.