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Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan addressed the trolls who have been commenting on her post about her skin tone. The star kid posted a beautiful photo of herself and then a series of comments she has been receiving from Instagram users calling her ‘kaali’. Before that, Suhana posted a note which read as “For all the people who don’t speak Hindi, I just thought I’d give a bit of context. The word for the colour black in Hindi is ‘Kaala’. The word ‘kaali’ is used to describe a female who is dark-skinned. And it almost never has positive connotations.”

The 20-year-old started by writing, “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.”

The student and promising actor also spoke about the beauty standards that are unescapable today, which suggest that being tall and light-skinned equates to be being beautiful. She also referred to the TV show Indian Matchmaking, which may have perpetuated the stereotype that being lighter-skinned was a pre-requisite to getting married. “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,” she said in a call to action to her fans and followers to help end colorism.

Well, discriminating based on color is unacceptable. We are with you on this fight against colorism.

 


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Joydev Mishra

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