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African Singer Speaks Openly About Bleaching Her Skin

Changing the color of one’s skin is nothing new in the U.S. when you consider the popularity of tanning booths, spray tans and sun bathing. Just last week Patricia Krentcil, 44, was arrested in New Jersey for reportedly bringing her 6-year-old daughter to a tanning salon. The mother, whose UV ray addiction is apparent when you consider her leathery skin, was looking to darken her skin tone and achieve a healthy glow.

Patricia Krentcil

And while that plot has failed miserably and the mom is now a blood orange hue, other people in the U.S. and around the world are striving for the look women like Krentcil left behind.

Before her tanning exposé, Krenticil could have been the inspiration for African singer Mshoza who has spoken openly about consulting three dermatologists to help her bleach her skin. The singer made headlines this year for a Drum magazine article where she stated that she was ‘tired of being ugly’ and wanted to be ‘Christina Aguilera white.’

“It is just something that I wanted to do,” said the singer. “It has nothing to do with my esteem and issues with being black. It’s just sad that people with weaves and all other cosmetic enhancements to make themselves look western are on high horses judging me. I just wanted a lighter skin. Our parents have been burning themselves with skin lightening creams for decades. It was never made an issue about self-esteem and race. People must calm down.”

While Mshoza is arguably the most open and clearly the most disturbed, she’s not the first celebrity to be accused of bleaching, check out other celebs accused of lightening their skin below.


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  1. zobop republic on May 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    White people want to be “tall DARK & handsom” and Black people want to be WHITE!  What gives?  Do we live on the planet Bizarro?

    • LotusBud on September 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      No, black people just want to be lighter not white.

      • Paaven on September 4, 2013 at 10:54 pm

        Well she looks white now. I think she looked better before, but it’s her decision. The grass is greener on the other side, I reckon

        • LotusBud on September 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

          I don’t think she looks white, just like a fair skinned black woman, what she is now technically. I wouldn’t think she was white at all, and that’s where people get it confused. Black people just like light skin, because it looks better on them. They don’t want to be white isn’t the same thing as light for a black person.

          • ICURgreenwithNV on October 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm

            You really need to shut up and cease in pushing your obsessive light-skinned is the right skin agenda. You’re especially trying to assert that light skin trumps dark skin in relation to black women, while you try to scoot, slide and sneak your ignorant self by as a DARK SKINNED black male, as acceptable. That’s right. You are very likely a dark skinned black male. The type of noise you’re making on this topic, is very telling.

      • ICURgreenwithNV on October 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm

        Easy to see that this is a black male talking like this. The most self-hating race of men on God’s green planet. Yes sir.

      • Li Santos on November 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

        she was not so black! c’mon. she didn’t need that.

        • LotusBud on November 24, 2013 at 3:40 am

          She looks better now, that’s all I have to say.

    • LotusBud on November 24, 2013 at 3:44 am

      Personally, I don’t think darkness equates to handsomeness…prefer lighter complexions on both genders.

  2. tinada on August 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    she looks pretty. Sad to say america has brain washed african americans and whites and somehow noted that is better to have the ideal “inbetween” or mixed complexion. America focuses on the outer most parts of an individual and forgets to look deeper within ourselves. People wonder why this country suffers with high rates of depression and have the most issues with low self esteem…welll?

  3. Likewaterforchocolate on September 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Tired of being ugly? She was never ugly to begin with. Living in the multicultural city that is Atlanta, I have noticed that skin bleaching is prevalent in the African community, moreso that the African American community. I shop at the African-Arab grocer for haircare products and noticed that they have an entire aisle dedicated to the bleaching and whitening of African and and darker Arab women’s skin. There are soaps (yes, soaps) and creams, you name it and you can always tell the African women who use them. They have uneven, problematic skin or light faces with dark feet. It bugs me because these are women who would otherwise have beautiful skin.

  4. ebony on December 21, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    This is the message she is sending black women and girls America that being darker skin is hideous!!!!

    • Tina Brown on May 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      No darker skin isn’t hideous but lighter skin on black women looks hotter. It just is what it is. Just like tan skin on caucasians looks better. No amount of skin tone manipulation will change your ethnicity so calm down.

      • MsMoneec1 on September 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        She did say that she’s had cosmetic surgery, so that is probably another reason that she looks a lot different! Sad though, cause lightening one’s skin is not going to change one’s FEATURES! She can bleach her self all she wants, at the end of the day, she’s still African! And I’m sure there are many places around the world, and here in good old America, that wll remind her of this.

      • Isabella on October 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        I feel sorry for you.

      • ICURgreenwithNV on October 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

        Lighter skin or pale skin doesn’t help a woman who is straight up NOT ATTRACTIVE, out of being unattractive. I see facially, physically unattractive, unappealing white women and men, light-skinned women and men through-out almost every week. So NO. Light skin doesn’t, won’t, can’t, and NEVER could make a person “hotter”. It cannot save you from being unattractive. It is… what it is. LOL. Also most whites I see are only wanting to get WHITER if possible, lol. Tanning while on vacation, during the summer or whaterver, doesn’t mean jackshit. Tanning salons aren’t packed with white folk, looking to stay golden brown for life. Take your stupid and idiotic self and go sit down somewhere.

        • LotusBud on November 24, 2013 at 3:51 am

          Light skin does help women and men out there who are otherwise unattractive. It is a trait of attractiveness on its own, and it’s an asset for attracting the opposite sex. This is evidenced all over the world.

          • Ebony on December 2, 2014 at 1:21 pm

            oh my gosh..what you say? lol..

      • kheru on August 24, 2014 at 1:36 am

        omg. you are an idiot

  5. Tina Brown on May 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    She wasn’t ugly before…but I definitely think the lighter skin tone took her looks up a few notches. She’s more eye catching and prettier. The darker skin although it was pretty too made her appear dull.

    • MissMCKENZI on August 13, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      @LotusBud:disqus …. First of All Beauty lies in eyes of the beholder. The western world has made most of ya”ll prejudice and has brain washed u by the remarks people make on skin color, for e.g.”Light skin is best Skin”. We have beautiful dark young girls in high school, what are we teaching them..? Honestly, Mshoza looks better in the before picture, she looks more authentic rather a plastic surgery picture on the right. Furthermore, the first picture could be a way older picture where her hairstyle could”ve been more “outdated”, I would not say it is not eye catching at all..
      Kelly Rowland, beautiful dark in complexion artist , would u say she isnt eye catching just because she is dark skinned. ? No dark skin makes a woman look dull or less eye catching nor does it make u look less prettier. Do not Contradict yourself..!

      • LotusBud on September 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm

        It’s not that I’m brainwashed. Dark skin generally makes me sleepy when looking at it. It can have a soothing look to it, but it doesn’t make a woman stand out at all. Lighter skin naturally calls for attention and for a woman, that’s an asset. Again, all women can’t be beautiful and for us to say that would be a lie. We are kidding no one – not even ourselves. Mshoza will definitely be lighting a room up when she walks in, and she knows this which is why she changed her skin tone. It is what it is.

  6. ICURgreenwithNV on October 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I wonder what her boyfriend looks like. I’m willing to bet that he’s darker than tree bark, and very colorstruck.

  7. Kelse on March 29, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Be proud of your Black skin that’s all I have to say. White people have for years gotten skin cancer trying to tan their skin a darker color. You are in the image of your father in heaven and there’s nothing whitewashed about God at all. Hair as the wool of a sheep and skin like burnt brass! What more is there to say!` You have something many in this world try to obtain every day. Even the original Egyptians were a dark people with many renowned Black Beautiful Queens in their time. Come out of the brainwash this country as instilled in you from the time of your ancestors because the very same people who have you brainwashed in believing your Black skin is not beautiful are the very same people that it is written that God hates, namely Esau, the entire lineage of the Caucasian race. Ask yourself why do you strive so hard to want to be or look like them! Pure Stupidity! Kelly Rowland, Lupita Nyong, Gabrielle Union, Nicole Fiscella, Kiesha Knight Pulliam, Chili, Iman, Cynthia Bailey, Jessica White, Serena Reeder, nia long etc. just a short list of the some of the most well known dark skin Black women who exemplify the meaning of Real Beauty!

    • Berry on December 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Imma check this scripture out..thanks

  8. Courie on May 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    It’s a shame,she looked beautiful before…

  9. Lyrik on October 20, 2014 at 5:01 am

    honestly the before picture looked better…shame on whoever lead her to believe she was ugly.