The incredible Lilly Singh (a.k.a. (IISuperwomanII) stopped by Pretty Unfiltered today to talk about growing up Indian-Canadian and how she learned to embrace her Indian heritage along the way –– with some help with you, the YouTube community! Make sure to check out Lilly's channel, and if you haven't seen A Trip to Unicorn Island yet, get to it!
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I am American I am light and people always say "You have hairy arms".I am like Lilly I always cover my arms,and I hate wearing short sleeves during the school day.Always one person that got something to say.But,always love yourself for who you are cause everyone is beautiful regardless of how you look 🤗🤗.
Thanks lilly singh for talking about fair skin obsession in India. I am from Tamilnadu,India where people are quite dark. I've been made to feel ugly by my fair skinned friends. But I came to accept my skin tone and it's all because of you. I understood personality, knowledge,goals, good heart is very important. 💚 you lilly
this is an important issue. thank you for this collaboration. please include a black woman. dealing with color within the own black community. Love you Lady Lilly keeping changing the world in your own special way.
getting a tan on a beach in India- for Indians- how many takers ? a rather silly idea which has nothing to do with being more fair or dark...it's simply not the culture. however what's more irritating is not being able to wear swimsuits, bikinis, trunks or go topless or lack of nudist places :)
People being mean/racist to dark skinned people is bad. But people having their own perception/idea/view of beauty (it could be lighter skin, it could be a slim, size zero figure for some) isn't racist. It's still childish, immature, shallow and judgemental - but it's NOT racism. It is a huge mistake to conflate a preference for lighter skin with racism. If somebody doesn't want to go on the beach coz she will get tan - that's her choice.
Yea also as a Pakistani. I’m an Austrakistani (Pakistani Australian) lol. My parents both have pale skin and so did I when I was little but as I grew up I got darker cuz I loved playing in the sun, now I probably have the the same skin tone as Lilly just a little lighter. And I don’t wear singlets and tank tops and stuff so I still have my real skin colour if I roll my sleeves all the way up
I am proud to be Indian.... priyanka Chopra. aishawarya rai. deepika padukon.. all r born in India . they r dusky but they r very beautiful.. we Indian can speak ten language.. will this white people can speak no right lol
The "inferiority complexion" is real and has personally affected the way I viewed myself as well as how others saw me. I wrote a story in a magazine India Abroad on this and shared insight into where the skin preference comes from: http://journoportfolio.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/users/1796/uploads/47ce7275-8cf3-4bf6-9730-9c7bb9bbe9ca.pdf
Perfect. You did what you could. Let's hope that one day he will learn to experience cultures and countries on his own, rather than going by what he hears secondhand. Thanks for checking Show and Heal out. I love real-life questions as it helps us sort out how to make sense of the world. Remember your purpose and don't let others distract you from it! Peace, Xahej
Show and Heal sure I'll follow up with that. and yes there wasn't any point arguing. I did tell him to come to india. he said "I don't want to visit a shit smelling country" clear enough to stop paying attention to it. :)
Even if those immigrants said that, it is more about them than it is about India itself. India has so many jungles and farms and fresh clean air that not too many (even those from India) know about. Tell the other person to smell India for herself/himself. You are correct in not arguing. Educate if you can about India to that person and if s/he does not want to listen, then silence is the best way to end the conversation. Show and Heal (showandheal.org), an organization I founded, serves to educate children and society on different cultures, experiences, and viewpoints. Check how we break stereotypes like those! India will have to be a future segment! We are on FB, Instagram, and YouTube if you want to surround yourself around open-hearted people! Peace, Xahej
Show and Heal the reason why I asked this is because this person is from US and "claiming" that immigrants from India told him its all smelly. I mean I can't off courses stand anything that is incorrect (not fully but partially) especially against my country. it was just to get back faith in good people against some boastful internet stranger. and there's no point being in that argument. lol. thanks though. :).
Thanks for the reply Vasundhara. In response to your inquiry, that person would be slightly factual as depending on where you are, you could detect cow dung odor wafting through the air. However, if that person stepped into the land of the subcontinent, the scent of spices, oils, flowers, trees is more apparent. I would not be upset at this fictious person's statement as I have traveled to India 5 times thus far and see the beauty in it more than the slight nuances that do not overpower the extravagant, rich culture and people embodying India. I would kindly request that person to take a visit to the country and experience its vastness as it is 1.269 million mi².
I remember last year when my cousins came down to Florida from Ohio for summer vacation, we stayed our Grandmother's house, and their grandmother on their (my aunt) mother's side of the family called on FaceTime and told them not to play outside because they would get to dark and to stay inside so they could stay light skined. And every time I go to Ohio to visit them, their grandma is always nice to me because I'm light skined and treats my aunts (who are is dark skined) not as nice; and we're black.
So seeing this video and reading comments I know it's hard and I feel for you.
The lot of hair part. I'm 14 and brown, never waxed my arms before and I don't want to either. All my brown friends and family are all so insecure about they're hair and since I'm never insecure about my hair everywhere, they're insecure for me 😂. Seriously. In the summer, my parents wouldn't let me wear dresses because my legs were completely black because of all my long hair. I honestly don't care about my body hair at all. I have hair everywhere, but I am not insecure about it at all. I show off my hair with pride. If people want to make fun of me because of my body hair, let them. I don't care. They can think and say what they want, but that won't make me feel very insecure about my hair. I want to send a message to all people around the world who are insecure about they're body hair. Don't do it. It is only wasting your time to feel insecure about your body hair. Its natural and you should care about it. When you get to that point in your life where you need to wax or shave your body hair, only do it if YOU want to. Not if people are constantly telling you about your body hair and how its ugly and you should feel insecure about it. Everyone is beautiful. You are beautiful and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. these are all stupid stereotypes that need to be erased from everyone's minds. I think the only true mistake Lilly made throughout her life was feeling insecure about her body hair. That was a mistake. I want people all around the world to realize this. Stereotypes aren't real, they're just opinions and rumors humans have created. You should be proud of who you are. You are you and you can't let anyone change you. You are beautiful and unique in your own way. You should always have pride in yourself. I show off my body instead of hiding it. If I know I'm going to a place where there are people who will judge me for having body hair, I will purposely wear clothes so that they can see my beautiful long body hair because I love it. I love my body hair because it is what makes me me. So that is what I have to say. I hope you can understand me and stand with me on this. I love you, but I love my body hair more. So, please don't follow all these human-made stereotypes. If you let people torture you with they're judgments and stereotypes, you won't be you. Youll be someone else who you shouldn't be. Therefore, I say that you should always love yourself for being who you are and never let anyone change who you are inside. Dont be afraid of who you are. 💕💕💕
OMG Lily I'm Indian and I love your video my name is Amritpreet ( or just Amrit) which is a classical Punjabi name and i am a sikh and I legit am 11 but I understand every Indian thing u say in your videos my last name is Kaur my mums last name I got kaur instead of Singh which is my dads ( his names Satnam) last name and one thing I hate at school is that there's more Indian kids with the same last name as me and everyone comes up to me and is like are you related to so and so since you have the same last name and I hate it and if you can see me right now I have the hairiest arms Ever I'm not joking my sister got so lucky her name is Simranpreet ( or simran ) and she has like zero hairs on her arm ( so jelly) anyway love you and your videos😘😘
Yes I am Nepalese and I can relate to this.. My best friend has a little darker color while I am very pale.. And she feels very insecure to wear Shorts cause apparently her "black legs" are Ugly.. Like come on she isn't even Black just a tad bit darker skin.. While I try to convince her it's totally okey she says it's easier for me to say cause I'm lighter skinned.. Like come on it's like saying Black People aren't beautiful or you don't like being black.. That disturbs me on so many level
South asians have causcasian esp indo iraninas(like pashtuns nd baalochis) and indo aryans(like gujus nd punjabis)but as we go more east side then many look southeastern asians(bengalis nd assamese) nd if south side ppl look australoid(tamils nd keralites). So, general look is absent but if u count majority then most south asians do look indo aryans!
society says girls cant be hairy....anywhere. lol but we're born hairy. before adam and eve bit the apple they were pubed up and hairy. only self awareness happened once a sin was consumed. XD the fact people are raised to think in general that their appearance needs to be a certain way is sad. people are people. let them be. XD we all beautiful and tbh im still working on my self esteem but tbh c: im hairy. lol im a plain hairy girl and embrace it ;)
Go Lilly!! I felt all these things growing up being indian myself. After a while you just learn to accept it and move on. It's so good to be proud of your heritage! Some people are so ashamed. I think it's good to be proud x
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