lady: this is a famous whitening cream in pakistan. it's all the rage there.
me: *solemnly looks at the poorly packaged product*
L: you will see the result just after 1 week of using it. your skin will be much fairer and *bla bla bla*
me: yeah, let me take a look first.
L: please do. one bottle costs only rm100+ and we will return you the money if you don't see any result. this product is rarely sold here,
consider yourself lucky that i'm introducing you to this wonderful beauty miracle.
me: *ugh, rm100 for such suspicious item. it's probably arsenic and corrosive! and the packaging looks like it cost only rm10!*
no, i don't think i want it.
L: why? you should try it! for God's sake you are dark!
me: nope, not for me, thanks.
it is sickening to see the way beauty are measured these days. as if you are less of a person if you didn't meet the certain standard set by the society. i'm not going to elaborate on that further, for there are plenty of reading materials out there that condemns the way beauty are measured.
while some drastic measures like taking yourself under the knives to appear aesthetically better have yet to truly take off in malaysia, the way whitening products are sought after in this country is fascinating (given that, most malaysian are actually fair, and, they want to be, uh..fairer?).
why don't you consume health products instead, eh?
in the meantime, the only thing gals who don't possess white, fair or dewy complexion can do is hang in there, and beat the stigma by being purely awesome and kind.
trust me you don't need friends or spouses who only wants you for your fair skin.