This issue of Vogue US did give a nod to some international talent not usually in the American limelight. But the imagery of the cover is typical for an industry that consistently brands Eurocentric beauty standards.
Yami Gautam is the poster child of fairness creams in India. Nikita, played by a tanned Bhumi Pednekar is a dark-skinned woman and Pari plays the societal binary. While representing the character, she took upon herself the burden to justify her role as the face of the highest-selling fairness cream brand.
I was really conscious of the ascribed North-East identity only when I left Shillong and arrived in Delhi.
I want queer Chinki people to reclaim their sexual selves and embrace the potential of queer love even if it is in a place where so many of us grew up hating ourselves.
My brown skin is a source of endless fascination for the summer months. I am about as useful as a paint chart to my white friends.
Aretha Franklin was perhaps one of the biggest giants of soul music and indeed of American pop music as a whole.
Serena Williams' situation is very representative of how women are ‘punished’ for violating these behavioural norms.
What makes these shows with brown people leads difficult for me, is that every one of them vies for or ends up with a white individual.
My mongoloid features did not fit in anywhere in the homogenous-Hindu identity of India; not even in my own state of Jammu and Kashmir, and spurred many instances of racism.
I'm a 21 year old Northeastern woman raised in Delhi. I've had to contend with racial slurs and stereotypes all my life.