The color of skin has been a topic on the tip of everyone’s mouths for years now. Some people believe that the lighter your skin tone is, the more beautiful you are, while others see the exact opposite.
Hollywood on the other hand has always had its own idea of what the perfect skin tone is.
Following the success of the documentary Dark Girls, Oprah has flipped the script with her new documentary, Light Girls. In the upcoming OWN documentary, former child star Raven-Symone reveals that she went to extremes to have darker skin while filming her Disney Channel show That’s So Raven.
“When I had my own show, I used to tan three or four times a week in a tanning bed to get darker.” said Symone.
“It’s funny, one of the lighting guys came up to me– I love him to death. I love him, oh my goodness. He goes, ‘Raven, I need you to stop tanning. You’re getting too dark, and we have to re-light the whole entire show. I was like, ‘Sorry. I was just trying to be pretty.”
As if there weren’t enough hardships for young actresses in Hollywood to face for roles, the challenge of color makes it even more difficult. Erica Hubbard and Chris Spencer also open up in the documentary on how African American women can run into trouble when it comes to auditioning for roles in Hollywood.
“Some women will say, I didn’t get a part because they wanted to go with someone that looked blacker,” says Spencer. “Which is funny because darker women think their lips are too full or their hair is too coarse to get the part.”
Color will always remain a prevalent issue in this country and in Hollywood. Light Girls premieres on tonight at 9 p.m. on the OWN Network.