Top Ten Videos to watch

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Addresses Police Misconduct At Chicago City Council Meeting
WWII Soldiers Standing In A Flag Draped Sunset - SIlhouette
Students Taking a College Exam
Hillary Clinton Campaigns In Louisville, Kentucky
Worried black businesswoman at desk
Tyler Perry And Soledad O'Brien Host Gala Honoring Bishop T.D. Jakes' 35 Years Of Ministry
Teacher with group of preschoolers sitting at table
FBI Officials Discuss Apprehension Of Explosions Suspect After Three-Day Manhunt
NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons
Protests Erupt In Chicago After Video Of Police Shooting Of Teen Is Released
Nine Dead After Church Shooting In Charleston
Portrait of senior African woman holding money
President Bush Speals At Federalist Society's Gala
Police Line Tape
Senior Woman's Hands
Police officers running
New Orleans Residents Return to Housing Projects
David Banner
2010 Jazz Interlude Gala
Couple Together on Sidewalk
Serious decision
HIV Testing
Closing Arguments Held In Zimmerman Trial
Leave a comment

Dakar Fashion Week 2013

The 2013 Dakar Fashion Week reportedly banned skin-bleaching models from its catwalk, according to Fashion

SEE ALSO: Taste Of Latin America

Organizer Adama Ndiaye a.k.a. Adama Paris (pictured below) said, “I am against it [skin bleaching]. It’s not even pretty. For me, it’s just a turn off.”

Dakar Fashion Week 2013
Ndiaye, who launched the six-day event in 2002, announced the ban at the start of the 2013 edition, which ended last Sunday. For her, it extends beyond her distaste.

“I’m trying to teach them to like themselves,” she added. For this year’s show, only natural-toned models were allowed down the catwalk.

In the Senegalese capital and West Africa, some fashion models have turned to skin-lightening creams in order to adopt an Eurocentric appearance popular in Western culture.

Watch the casting call for Dakar Fashion Week 2013 here:

And there may be a health benefit to banning skin-lightening creams too.  “When absorbed in to the bloodstream, corticosteroids pose serious risks, particularly for the heart,” dermatologist Fatoumata Ly said. Skin cancer is another possible side effect of skin lightening.

Women who use the creams can be distinguished from their blotches of discolored skin on their arms and faces.

And Ndiaye isn’t the only one who thought that models who bleach their skin should be banned. In fact, both the models and attendees reportedly supported Ndiaye’s decision as well.

Model Dorinex Mboumba says, “I think [banning those models] is a great idea. It will discourage others from the practice. We don’t need to change the color of our skin to be beautiful.”

As for the advertisements promoting skin-lightening creams around Dakar, couturier Sophie Nzinga Sy adds, “It [the skin-lightening ads] was ridiculous. Our skin is something that we should value.”

Also On News One: