Pearl Thusi want to darken her skin to fit in – Pearl Thusi
The debate around colourism and therefore the privilege that comes with being light-skinned is one that has trended as repeatedly as Micheal Jackson moonwalked. And while many of us have shared their thoughts on the difficulty , one media personality has always been within the middle of those robust debates.
Pearl Thusi got real about experiencing colourism, saying it started when she was a woman .
In an interview with podcaster MacG, the Queen Sono actress opened about the trials of being light-skinned. Though she has been vocal within the past about her views on colourism, the star said it ran deeper than the backlash she has received online.
Thusi spoke about darkening her skin to suit in with the people round her .
“I wont to burn my skin once I was a toddler for people to prevent teasing (me). I didn’t get older around other light-skinned people.
“These people think this ‘light-skinned’ thing started with them. I even have had this conversation since i used to be 11. People think this conversation is new. I had believed I had worked so hard that I had passed that conversation about the color of my skin.”
While she addressed many things within the interview, she also hit back at her critics on Twitter: “People are upset that I don’t subscribe the norms of Black Twitter.
Speaking about her success, Thusi said: “You can’t say all I even have is only due to something I can’t change and expect me to simply accept that. You can’t! That’s rude! i’m getting to defend my work. I worked really hard. I even have slept in parking lots because i used to be too tired to drive home.”
She also discussed her relationship together with her former partner, sports journalist Robert Marawa.
Watch the interview here: