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Are brown (light, medium, dark) skinned people beautiful and attractive?Many people I...

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nhl123 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted July 5, 2012 at 6:58 PM via web

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Are brown (light, medium, dark) skinned people beautiful and attractive?

Many people I know say that they don't like me being brown; they want me to be white.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM (Answer #2)

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First, different people have different standards for attractiveness. What this means is that there is no one skin color that is inherently more attractive than others. Beauty is subjective. Second, I'm not sure what you mean by your actual post. If your friends are saying they don't like you being brown-skinned, then get yourself some new friends.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM (Answer #3)

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We live in a diverse world and those with power usually set the standard of beauty. So, in many places there is an implicit notion that paler skin is more beautiful. This is very unfortunate. People should find beauty in all skin colors and in diversity in general. If someone is so narrow minded not to see this, there is some maturing that needs to take place. 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM (Answer #4)

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"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is absolutely true. It is hard to imagine that people wish to be white over any other color nowadays because of such things as Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity.  In the days before desegregation and Civil Rights, often people of color wished to be white so that they would have opportunities and not be discriminated against. But, there is little discrimination now.  If anything, statistics show that white males have greater difficulty in attaining jobs nowadays than before. Their unemployment is higher than it ever was.

Gone are the days in which the blond-haired, blue-eyed white-skinned look was the ideal. Darker people are clearly la mode now, even among Caucasians where dark hair is favored by many.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 5, 2012 at 8:12 PM (Answer #5)

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I think that in many cases we just want to be what we aren't.  People with curly hair straighten it.  People with straight hair get perms.  White people go to tanning booths.  I think that there is no one standard for what is beautiful but that many people want what they don't have.

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted July 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM (Answer #6)

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Supermodel Oluchi Onweagba and former Miss World Agbani Darego certainly belie the foolish notion that "brown (light, medium, dark) skin people" are not beautiful or attractive!

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan of India (Bride and Prejudice, 2004) also certainly belies that notion. Actors Naveen Andrews, Arjun Rampal and Hrithik Roshan should put the whole idea that "brown (light, medium, dark) skin people" are not beautiful to rest as being the foolish utterings of unthinking people.

In other words, yes, "brown (light, medium, dark) skin people" are beautiful and attractive!

Just keep in mind that not everybody likes blond hair, not everybody likes green eyes, not everybody like curly hair, not everybody like black hair, and ... not everybody like darker skin tones. That's ok. Not everybody has to like any of these, or other, attributes.

Everybody does, however, have to remember that their preferences do not universal laws make! And everybody does have to remember to hold courteous, respectful thoughts so as to speak courteous, generous, respectful words.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 5, 2012 at 10:12 PM (Answer #7)

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People of all shades are/can be beautiful. People who happen to be brown are often pointed to as examples of beauty (Beyonce is just one example and many more are suggested above). 

Color is not as influential in attractiveness as is fitness. Good looking people are healthy people 99% of the time. 

There are occasions in which people (like your friends, perhaps?) will be confused by the cultural implications of color. This can influence views of beauty as beauty is a culturally mitigated norm/concept.

Sometimes people believe that skin color determines cultural identity. This is a false assumption and has been for a long, long time. 

 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 5, 2012 at 11:32 PM (Answer #8)

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It's definitely just a case of beauty being in the eye of the beholder.  With all that has been said, I would like to add that there is much more to beauty than what is on the exterior.  Like post #2, if your friends do not appreciate you for who you are and your personality, then I suggest finding some people to be around who are not quite so superficial. 

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM (Answer #9)

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Beauty and attractiveness should involve so much more than mere superficial appearance! Aside from agreeing with previous posts that there is no uniform standard for defining what is or is not "beautiful and attractive" in the physical sense, there are also aspects of appealing personality and empathy with others and being able to show others that they are important and cherished that are so much more important than appearance! 

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 6, 2012 at 12:03 AM (Answer #10)

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Absolutely!  And don't let anyone tell you differently.  While individuals may be attracted to different qualities and characteristics depending on the person, and people often marry someone within their own race, there is no such thing as an unattractive race or ethnicity.  The numbers on interracial marriage and relationships are climbing as well.  In the 60's a popular saying was "Black is beautiful".  It certainly is, along with every other race.

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM (Answer #11)

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Supermodel Oluchi Onweagba and former Miss World Agbani Darego certainly belie the foolish notion that "brown (light, medium, dark) skin people" are not beautiful or attractive!

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan of India (Bride and Prejudice, 2004) also certainly belies that notion. Actors Naveen Andrews, Arjun Rampal and Hrithik Roshan should put the whole idea that "brown (light, medium, dark) skin people" are not beautiful to rest as being the foolish utterings of unthinking people.

In other words, yes, "brown (light, medium, dark) skin people" are beautiful and attractive!

Just keep in mind that not everybody likes blond hair, not everybody likes green eyes, not everybody like curly hair, not everybody like black hair, and ... not everybody like darker skin tones. That's ok. Not everybody has to like any of these, or other, attributes.

Everybody does, however, have to remember that their preferences do not universal laws make! And everybody does have to remember to hold courteous, respectful thoughts so as to speak courteous, generous, respectful words.

You're right. But that doesn't seem to eliminate an infatuation that many in India and I guess around the world have with trying to get fair. Every second commercial on India television is about a fairness product. One of the most widely known brand names in India is "Fair and Lovely." Aishwarya Rai's popularity among her viewers here is to a large extent to do with the fact that she is fair, (as far as the general population in India is considered). I haven't done a course in psychology but I guess people wanting to be more fair is due to the fact that people living around the tropics have darker skin and for a very long time they were ruled by those who were fair. Like tall, hard and handsome applies for men as those capable of working in the outdoors and who were comparatively healthier had a darker tone, the same is the case for fairness being preferred as it implies a higher social status as only those with enough financial resources could, in the past, stay out of the sun.

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 10, 2012 at 4:48 AM (Answer #12)

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As a high school teacher, I see students being very critical of one another's appearance. It is wrong. It's hard to tell someone that being unique and being yourself is beautiful, if they don't believe it. Peer pressure to look a certain way is wrong but it happens every day amongst high school students. Whatever skin color you were born with is part of your genetics--your heritage. Wear it proudly and believe you are beautiful.

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nicoledesilva | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted August 4, 2012 at 5:40 AM (Answer #13)

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Every person is different, unique and beautiful in his or her way no matter what skin colour.

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eriqah | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted August 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM (Answer #14)

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like yeah.... It doesnt matter what colour skin u have.. it only depends on how your nature and attitude reflects on your body... :)

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askinquestions | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 15, 2012 at 3:20 AM (Answer #15)

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Thats a matter of opinion. I think brown people are beautiful.

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mknkids | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted August 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM (Answer #16)

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What is beautiful depends on who is answering the question.  People all have differing views on who or what is physically beautiful and/or attractive, but the important thing is that each person feels his or her own inner beauty in spite of what any other person feels.  Skin color is on "skin deep," and although it may invoke an initial preference, it should not constitute beauty in and of itself.  

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maryam-a412 | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted August 17, 2012 at 12:45 PM (Answer #17)

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colour does not define beauty. what makes you beautiful is your features and inner beauty. if you feel confident and beautifull from the inside, you body language would manifest it and you face would automatically radiate beauty. other than that, it is features which make you beautiful, not colour. many a times, people with white skin are not as beautiful as people with brown skin for the sole reason that the latter has attractive features. i knew a teacher who was very dark but she was indeed gorgeous. her face was so pretty. why? because she had delicate features. such an angelic face and charismatic smile.

unfortunately, the notion that "fairness is beauty" is prevalent in many countries be it in the west or east. we should not be so narrowed minded. what makes a face? features like eyes nose lips etc. if someone has doe eyes or a sculpture type nose, i would say he or she is very beautiful no matter how fair or dark the person is. the fault lies in us, we have narrowed our vision and minds. and racism is a very disturbing issue which i feel lurks behind this debate that light or dark people are beautiful or light.

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jjrichardson | Student, College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted August 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM (Answer #18)

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I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Skin color is subjective.  Too me, I think black is beautiful, but so is any other color.  Beauty is what is one the inside--not about the color of someone's skin.

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kavya--kammana | Student, Grade 12 | Valedictorian

Posted August 20, 2012 at 7:12 AM (Answer #19)

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its not the visual apperance that determines the person is beautiful or handsome.

but it is the inner brightness that makes a person completely bright and beautiful.

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iklan100 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted August 26, 2012 at 6:30 AM (Answer #20)

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I think all human beings and all creatures are quite beautiful, since they all reflect something of the 'inspiration; of the creator...

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cassielargy | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted August 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM (Answer #21)

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Yes, I don't think it matters what skin tone a person has...beauty is truly within. As far as pure outer beauty people of dark complexions are very attrative.

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iklan100 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted August 31, 2012 at 5:02 AM (Answer #22)

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bettd and stolperia I agree totally with your views!  : )

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