The Think Like a Man Too star has been accused of bleaching her skin with lightening agents. The rumors seem to have disturbed the 33-year-old actress enough to send her to social media to set the record straight. Another motivating factor was her desire to be a positive role model for her band of young female followers on social media.
Alongside a baby photo of herself, she wrote:
“I can’t believe I’m actually going to address this nonsense lol … Buuuut I have young women who follow me – so I think its important to give clarity because I believe that black and every other color is beautiful.. This is for those who believe that I would actually bleach my face and entire body to try to be lighter skin smh …. Umm No Ma’am.
"First off? I LOVE my complexion- no matter what side of the spectrum I’m at at any particular time… My skin looks various different ways for various reasons – from lighting to makeup..style of photography or something as simple as weather and what coast on working on at any given time… This is my complexion-the one I was born with… I tend to get lighter and darker depending upon how much sun I do or don’t get.”
“I looove the sun I’m a Cali gal, but as I’ve gotten older and especially more recently, since I’ve gotten into my 30s, I tend not to be in the sun as much because it ages your skin terribly. Simply put -i’m opting to preserve my skin by protecting it and only making exceptions for vacations… Also for the rest of the people who feel as though my blonde hair is yet another way to look more caucasian? “”GET. YO. LIFE. “”…. I went blonde for the same reason I went purple …and for the same reason I’ll probably go Green at some point..because I felt like it.
— HipHollywood (@HipHollywood) August 11, 2014
"Once again, I acknowledge I really shouldn’t have taken the time to respond to this foolishness, but I felt moved to say something for every little brown girl that follows my page …I’m proud to be me brown or tan, thick or thin, natural hair or weave or dyed purple or green. Godbless…”
Image via Meagan Good, Instagram