Actress and singer Keke Palmer says that if you think that colorism in Hollywood is something of the past, you are sadly mistaken. She revealed recently at the Hollywood Confidential Panel in Los Angeles that she used to want lighter skin to fit in with the crowd.
Palmer said that she would hear how pretty girls with light skin were and when she was five years old she would pray that her skin would turn into a lighter color instead of having the dark, beautiful color that she already had. She said that it wasn’t until she turned 13 years old that she realized how beautiful her dark skin was and never wished for light skin again. She came to appreciate her color and accepted that that is who she was.
At one time Palmer had rumors flying that she was bleaching her skin as there were photos of her that had been showing up where it appeared that she had lighter skin than she normally had. She quickly shot down the rumors and denied any type of skin bleaching. She wants everyone to realize that we should not be defining ourselves by how light or dark our skin is. She told people that they should stop following her if they felt differently about that logic.
Actress Kimberly Elise was also on the panel and she added input that African-Americans needed to represent themselves in Hollywood and also in the community. Also on the panel were Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Oprah, and Phylicia Rashad. They were discussing Hollywood but then the conversation quickly turned to another subject. They then began to discuss the pressures that black women put on themselves.