Suhana Khan has joined the colourism debate after she shared her struggle being a victim of hurtful comments about her skin-tone. On Tuesday the daughter of Shah Rukh Khan shared a post on her Instagram account talking about her personal experience. In her post to her fans, Khan implored to her followers to ‘end colourism.’
“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. Other than the fact that these are actual adults, what’s sad is that we are all Indians, which automatically makes us brown — yes we come in different shades but no matter how much you try to distance yourself from the melanin, you just can’t,” Suhana stated in a note on Instagram.
Discrimination based on skin color, also known as colorism or shadeism, is a form of prejudice or discrimination in which people who are usually members of the same race are treated differently based on the social implications which come with the cultural meanings which are attached to skin color.
I’ve been told I’m ugly because of my skin tone, by full grown men and women, since I was 12 years old.Suhana Khan
She explains how insecure people use bullying tactics as a strategy to put others down. “Hating on your own people just means that you are painfully insecure. 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. 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. #endcolourism,” Suhana added as she concluded her statement.
She captioned her note by sharing several screenshots of some of the comments she still receives that pick on her physical appearance.
The topic about skin tone and colourism came up when Suhana Khan posted a photo of herself on Instagram which received a lot of attention, with several people mentioning how her skin looked unusually light in the picture. Later, Suhana clarified via an Instagram story that she hasn’t got her skin lightened and ‘would never’ do that in future as well.