Fast-rising Nollywood actress, Caroline Areoghene Igben, has bemoaned some of the disadvantages of having dark skin in the circle of fair and beautiful movie divas.
In a recent interview, the Delta State indigene gave insights on the major reasons she would not dare tamper with her skin colour, despite the ‘bleaching’ trend.
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She said, “when I was younger I used to think that light-skinned women were more beautiful but right now I walk with a certain awareness and I’m very confident. I love my skin colour a lot.Although, I had lost some movie roles because I am dark-skinned but it didn’t push me to bleach. This was because I had certain people in my life who made me feel super beautiful. But I sincerely, I think with maturity and self-awareness comes certain confidence of knowing who you are and how people’s opinions on what they consider beautiful shouldn’t faze you. Black is super beautiful.”
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On her sexual harassment experience in the industry, Ms. Igben maintained that no producer can forcefully make her go on a date with a clause attached.
“Sex for movie roles is a thing that I hear a lot but haven’t experienced. What I have experienced is maybe after getting a job and I’m done with it, I have gotten offers to say can we go out on a date (lunch, dinner ), etc and I see it like just a man trying to get to know you, and whatever their intentions were, I can’t say but you definitely can’t be forced to date someone you are uninterested in. So, if my ‘No I can’t go on a date with you won’t make you give me a job again then clearly you can move with your work.”
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