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Origin and Names of Days

These are Babylonian holidays in celebration of evil deities the Messiah warns against (Matthew 7:15-24) these Pagan holidays are a gross misrepresentation of the accurate and actual holy days we should keep regarding the laws of the Most High. Whatever the Most High says don’t do the heathen do. These Pagan celebrations are all part of Satan’s great deception that people seem to be unaware of, and most seem not to want to think about and take seriously what they do involve! They are the worship of the Devil and Fallen Angels. Each day of the year has fallen angel worship attached to it.  In The Pagan Book of Days, Nigel Pennick goes into the worship of God and Goddesses on each day. Get over the God spell of Christianity, you have been treated into serving your master – The Devil. Saturday is the 1st Day of the Week in the Hebrew language days are numbers.

According to the Encyclopedia Mythica the early Romans, around the first century, used Saturday as the first day of the week. As the worshipping of the Sun increased, the Sun’s day (Sunday) advanced from position of the second day to the first day of the week and Saturday became the seventh day.” Days of the week are associated with Roman Deities in the worship of them


The name comes from the Latin dies solis, meaning “sun’s day”: the name of a pagan Roman holiday. 


The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon monandaeg, “the moon’s day.” This second day was sacred to the goddess of the moon.


This day was named after the Norse god Tyr. The Romans called this day after their war-god Mars: dies Martis.


The day named to honor Wodan (Odin).

The Romans called it dies Mercurii, after their god Mercury.


The day named after the Norse god Thor. In the Norse languages, this day is called Torsdag.

The Romans named this day dies Jovis (“Jove’s Day”), after Jove or Jupiter, their most important god.


The day in honor of the Norse goddess Frigg. 

To the Romans, this day was sacred to the goddess Venus and was known as dies veneris.


This day was called dies Saturni, “Saturn’s Day,” by the ancient Romans in honor of Saturn. 

A young boy’s Dilemma | BOOK REVIEW

*Riveting *Encouraging * Self-motivating * Family oriented* Biblical *

A Young Boy’s Dilemma Book by Israel Immanuel

What struck me most about this author, is that he is only 12 years old, writing a book at that age is really unheard of in a world where pre-teens are more concerned with being entertained through video games, youtube videos, or the television. His poems are very intellectually stimulating and heartfelt, the loss of his father in ever-present in pages of this book. It packs a punch biblically and is an encouragement for those who have been through and going through.  The sketches in the book are quite beautiful, displaying himself and his parents. I give this book 5 stars out of 5 stars, the best book I have read in a long time. Let’s keep this future Doctor and his family in prayer.

The Perfect Human Face

 What are the Prerequisites of having a beautiful face? 1. The Contrast and vividness of Skin Color. What combinations that are more intensified from dark skin to light skin?  Most faces with bright eyes, darker skin presents a vivid contrast – Faces with light skin and dark eyes give a striking contrast. Dark eyes with Dark skin the difference is intensified by color, Light skin with bright eyes is increased by receding light tones. Your skin is the canvas on which your facial features translate its beauty. 2. The congruence of facial features in the front of the head where the eyes, nose, lips, chin, cheeks, forehead all in alliance with each other giving a staggering computation of facial beauty in a combination of aesthetic perfection in harmony together. It is your facial features that make your face attractive, not your skin color.  3. The Symmetry (1.618) in numbers, the Greeks believed that perfect symmetry was responsible for the attractiveness of a face, and that attractive faces were closer to the beauty ratio of 1.618.   Universal Attractiveness. That brings me to what is “Universal Attractiveness” which is determined through nations, cultures, and eras which is common denominators in both female and male attractiveness- Females: big eyes, small nose, full lips, narrow jaw line, youthful appearance, thick hair, and hourglass figure.  Males: thick Eyebrows, little eyes, a more large nose, tanned skin,  prominent jawline, and a V-shaped body.  Even with defining what is really beautiful, it is a fact that beauty is Subjective. It is based on opinions or feelings rather than on facts or evidence. This subjectivity can translate into the phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” this analogy goes far beyond theory where science bases beauty strictly on the approach the eye gate is the final verdict on what it viewed as physical attractiveness through personal thought, reasoning or cultural influence. In general, beauty is beauty, but aesthetic attractiveness can be different many things are perceived as beautiful can vary from place to era and culture.  


Let’s face it we can’t choose our parents, so genetics definitely play a part in what we look like. Genetics is what we inherit from our parents or grandparents. Our eye color, skin color, even the size of our feet are related to a genetic thread passed to us through our genes. Genetics is the study of genes, heredity, and genetic variation in living organisms. It is generally considered a field of biology. Biology. The science of heredity, dealing with resemblances and differences of related bodies resulting from the interaction of their genes and the environment. Genes – the basic physical unit of heredity; a linear sequence of nucleotides along a segment of DNA that provides the coded instructions for synthesis of RNA, which, when translated into protein, leads to the expression of hereditary character. Genetics definitely plays a part in how attractive we are.
Every FACE on the planet has at least one attractive feature, that is not an opinion, assumption, or personal belief.

What is it about a face (the archetype of beauty) that makes you want to look at it intently, judge its attractiveness, and analyze every feature? The pulchritude of perfection is the face which is definitely the frontline of beauty, your advertisement, your selling point it is considered the most beautiful most alluring part of the body, even more so, than the human body. Over 82% voted ( having a pretty face is more desirable than a nice toned body. There are features of the face that contributes to its overall attraction:

The Eyes

The window of the soul. The eyes are the most durable emotion conveyor of the entire face they project deep emotion, whether sadness or empathy, sincere interest, sensuality, innocence, or project a particular flirtatious nature. The pigmentation of the iris varies from light brown to black, depending on the concentration of melanin in the iris pigment epithelium.
The Eyelashes
The Eyelashes these tiny long fibers that stick from our eyelids can make your eyes more alluring while giving you a very youthful look that beautifies the eyes.
The Eyebrows 

The eyebrows define the eyes as the umbrella of the eyes; they represent the whole look of the eye. The eyebrows are the most defining part of the overall look of the face, especially the sight. The eyebrow is an area of thick, delicate hairs above the eye that follows the shape of the lower margin of the brow ridges.

The Nose

A nose must reflect overall harmony and proportion concerning the other features on the face as a whole; it is the centerpiece of the face. The right nose shape is highly coveted part of the face. The visible part of the human nose is the protruding from the real face it bears the nostrils which are needed for the sense of smell. The shape of the nose is determined by genetics. It distinguishes people apart from cultures.

The Lips

The most beautiful part of the face it defines the sexuality of the face a strong focal point as the human eye. Full lips are much to be desired for a beautiful look. Lips are a visible body part of the face. Lips are soft, mobile, and serve as the entryway for food and drink as well as a way to communicate. Human lips are a tactile sensory organ and can be erogenous when used in kissing and other acts of intimacy.
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The Cheeks

They contour the entire face, they are the structure that holds the face together when cheeks are defined or full, in some faces, they are more defined.
The Chin or Jawline
Rounded jawline in men are universal and consider most attractive, in the female a small chin is much to be desired and most beautiful. The jaw is the lowermost part of the face. It tends to be more pointed and triangular in human females, while more square shaped in human males.
The Neck
The grand part that holds up the face, it is lengthy in statue utterly divine in its objective to support the look. The neck is the part of the body that distinguishes the head from the chest and shoulders.
The Beauty Characteristics of the Nations

Ancient Egyptian beauty Queen Nefertiti was like no other with her long braided hair that framed her head, exquisite bone structure, her deep dark eyes lined with black kohl eyeliner, café au lait skin color, symmetrical face, and a long neck. Nefertiti was the essence of Egyptian beauty. In Greek mythology, the presence of beauty far leads us, mortals, back to a time where ancient Greek beauty often veered as demigods. Popular statues like “ the Judgment of Paris”, in Greek mythology was the first beauty contest which featured the three most beautiful goddesses of Olympus–Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena–for the prize of a golden apple addressed to “the fairest” , Paris was called to judge the three goddesses, the first beauty contest. This contest closely mimics that of today beauty pageants. Every nation, people. Or race. Has its distinctive patterns of features that make them unique and recognizable to the populous. There are no two people alike, like our fingerprint and eyeball patterns we are all different. Our uniqueness was created by the Most High God

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Have the most profound features of all they literally gravitate from the face Blonde to Black Hair, Skin tone Light brown to dark brown, any eye size or shape or color, medium to thick lips, more full or low bridged noses, some smaller noses in different parts of Africa. Some.
Middle Eastern:
Any hair color type, Any eye color, Skin tone Pale to brown, thin to full lips, and High or low bridged noses.
Monolid eyes make them unique have brown to thick black hair, monolid /double eyelid small brown/black eyes, Skin tone pale with yellow undertones to dark sandy brown, thin to medium lips.
Latinas (South America, Mexico, Puerto Ricans):
Facial features are dominant any hair color, texture thickness, Any eye shape or color, skin tone light tan to medium brown, Thin to medium lips, low bridged noses.
Aryan-Nordic Caucasians Descendants of Europe, or white people:
Skin is most coveted around the world by default Skin color is pale very fair- pinkish in tone, All eyes light colors to brown, Small straight low bridged noses or high bridged, Thin lips predominately, Hair is straight predominately.
Native American Indians:
The Nose is defined Skin type literally is light brown skin to dark, The skin color is not red, as is popularly supposed, but varies from very bright to dark, dark brown eyes, prominent cheekbones, and straight black hair.
The Nose is the most distinguishing feature of their face Skin type is light to medium brown, dark to bright eyes, high bridged long nose, and thin to medium lips. Indians: Skin type light to dark brown, high bridged noses, any eye color, and small to full lips.
Hawaiians, Polynesians, Samoans, Melanesians:
Clubby cheeks Skin type light to dark brown, flat more full – low bridged nose, hair color blonde to dark, and any eye color.
Tan skin is perfect light to dark skin, low bridged broad noses, hair blonde to dark, any eye color but prominently dark eyes, and thin to full lips. 

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Youthful appearance
Big eyes
Full lips
Low waist to hip ratio
Full Breasts
Ample backside
Thick eyebrows
Facial Hair
Prominent jawline
V-shaped torso
Muscular physique and Tan Skin
Facial Features from around the World:

1. Whites: Any eye color, any hair color, skin color ranging from pale to tan, thin lips, Slim to long noses.

2. Blacks/Africans: Blonde to Black Hair, Skin color Light brown to dark brown, any eye size or shape or color, medium to thick lips, wider blunt noses.

3. Latinas: Any hair color, texture thickness, Any eye shape or color, skin tone light tan to medium brown, Thin to medium lips, low bridged noses.

4. Asians: Brown to black hair, monolid/double eyelid small brown/black eyes, Skintone pale with yellow undertones to dark sandy brown, thin to medium lips.

5. Indians/Native American Indians: Brown to black hair, Any color eyes, Skin color Pal to dark brown, small to full lips, High bridged hook noses.                

6. Arabian/or Middle Eastern: Any hair color, any color eyes, skin color beige to brown, thin to full lips, High or low bridged noses.

Face Shapes

Our appearance is what makes us unique as individuals. Even though we are unique, specific characteristics such as jaw placement and forehead shape determine face shape. There are six different face shapes: Oval face shape, Heart-Shaped face shape, Pear-Shaped face shape, Square face shape, Round face shape, and Long face shape. 1. Oval Face Shape: This is considered the perfect face shape because it is symmetrical. An oval face shape will have more full cheekbones and then narrow down to the jawline and chin. Oval face shape will also be narrow up towards the forehead.2. Heart-Shaped Face Shape: A Heart-Shaped face is very unique. It will be broader at the forehead and then taper into a small, narrow chin. This face shape is called Triangle Shape. 3. Pear-Shaped Face Shape: A Pear-Shapes face will be more full at the cheeks and jaw but have a narrow forehead.4. Square Face Shape: A Square look is widespread. It will be equally full at the forehead, cheeks, and jawline. 4. Square Face Shape: A Square face is ubiquitous. It will be equally full at the forehead, cheeks, and jawline. 5. Round Face Shape: Round face shapes are fuller and will usually look younger than they are. It will have around the forehead and a rounded chin, with wide, full cheeks. 6. Long Face Shape: A Long face shape is similar to an oval face shape but has higher cheekbones and a high forehead.

Perfect Faces

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Perfect Eyes

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Perfect Noses
 Another prominent part the Perfect Human Face is the “Nose” which vary from broad, flared nostril types associated with Indian noses, blunt noses or wide flat noses associated with Africans or blacks, high bridged or low bridged related to middle eastern or Arabs, and the straight small keen noses related to Asians, and some Caucasians. 
Perfect Lips

Perfect Faces

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Societies today adorn their faces with makeup, the process of hiding facial imperfections or flaws but also An adornment is generally an accessory or ornament worn to enhance the beauty or status of the wearer. They are often worn to embellish, enhance, or distinguish the wearer, and to define cultural, social, or religious status within a specific community. When worn to show the economic situation, the items are often either rare or prohibitively expensive to others. Adornments are usually colorful and worn to attract attention. Facial Adornment could be for any country, traditionally or otherwise, or even the topical tattoo to enhance the skin’s appearance, or maybe the wearing of jewelry to enhance what the creator, the Creator has given us genetically.

They have a long history, around the world, from feathers or bone to modern accessories, such as jewelry. Items of adornment are also used by warriors, and by other members of the military to show rank or achievement. Either way, to each as own when in terms of any facet of adornment. I know in the east, the wear of tiaras, crowns and other symbols for a profession of royalty, as is in India, the wear of nose earrings, is quite common. In Africa, a lot of tribal rituals involve face paint. In most societies, the wearing of makeup from foundation to the coloring of eyelids is quite common to enhance the beauty of the face and eyes. So throughout the world, there is a form of facial adornment conducive of the times, cultures, customs, traditions, and societies. The facial decoration is in the styles of makeup, earrings, paint, tattoos, and other facial ornamentation.

Genetics: An Empirical Analysis of the "Wooly Hair" the tree to the heavens.

Our hair stands in awe of the Most High, the creator of all creation. The sunbeams of the golden fleece that raptures our skins (no matter the hue) and the heat crystalize the tones in wooly hair. What a fabulous creation we are. 
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In his book, “The Chemical Key to Black Greatness” American Biochemist, Carol Barnes, described melanin as, “a civilizing chemical that acts as a sedative to help keep the black human calm, relaxed, caring, creative, energetic and civilized.” Research also revealed that melanin enables black skin to actively interact with the sun, to produce Vitamin D from a biochemical substance, 7- dehydrocholesterol. The study also detected that melanin has spiritual dynamics as well as physical since it acts as a sensory ‘receptor’ and ‘transmitter’; communicating with cosmic energy fields in the vast universe converting light energy to sound energy and back. Dr. Richard King, MD, stated that “melanin, by its ability to capture light and hold it in a memory mode, reveals that blackness converts light into knowledge.”

Melanin refines the nervous system in such a way that messages from the brain reach other areas of the body most rapidly in dark people, the primary race. The abundance of melanin in our skin gives us genetic inferiority. We are physically stronger. Mentally more sound. Spiritually more connected.

Wooly hair is the tree that points to the heavens.
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; Revelation 1:14 KJV.

Our roots run long straight to the sky. Wooly hair can withstand heat at high temperatures.
‘Although there are no biochemical differences among black, Caucasian, and Asian hair types, there are differences in the hair morphology (8). Black hair appears elliptical or flattened in cross-section, whereas Caucasian hair is oval, and Asian hair round. The follicle of black hair is curved, in contrast to a straight follicle in Caucasians and Asians.’ – Callender, V. D., McMichael, A. J. and Cohen, G. F. (2004), Medical and surgical therapies for alopecias in black women. Dermatologic Therapy, 17: 164–176. doi:10.1111/j.1396-0296.2004.04017.x

Khumalo NP, Doe PT, Dawber PR, Ferguson DJP.What is healthy black African hair? A light and scanning electron microscopic study. J Am Acad Dermatol 2000: 43:814–820.
‘African hair is curly and frequently exhibits knots ‘However, increased evidence of wearing with some loss of the cuticular pattern was observed towards the tip of the nose in all 3 racial groups most extreme wearing, with complete loss of cuticular structure, was seen toward the tip of the hairs of the Caucasian subject with the most extended hair . However, the hair shafts of the African volunteers did exhibit structural damage with evidence of longitudinal fissures, resulting in the splitting of the hair shafts. The splitting was also associated with knot formation. Longitudinal cracks were not observed in the Caucasian or Asian hairs. It was also found that many of the black African hairs (approximately 40%) were fractured with no attached root.

‘The African hair shafts were enclosed by a well-preserved cuticle similar to that observed for the other racial groups. ‘The most significant feature was that the majority of the tips of the African hair had fractured ends …Similarly, the basal end also exhibited evidence of breakage in contrast to the Caucasian and Asian samples in which the majority of hairs had attached roots.’

‘From these observations, it could be proposed that any procedure that reduces knotting of hair and/or the need for combing would result in an increase in the length of the hair by reducing the incidence of breaks in the hair shafts.’

Konishi, S., (2008). Tied in rolled knots and powdered with ochre’: Aboriginal hair and eighteenth-century cross-cultural encounters. Borderlands, 7(2), 1-20. Through the influential work of the great taxonomer, Carolus Linnaeus,… Homo europaeus ‘yellow, brown, flowing’, Homo asiaticus ‘abundant black,’ and Homo after ‘black, frizzled’ (cited in Rosenthal, 2004: 2).

This eighteenth-century definition and conceptualization of African hair as ‘woolly’ intersected with slavery discourses which dehumanized the African body to justify its abject treatment. The Oxford English Dictionary indicates that this derogatory term signifying ‘the short, tightly-curled hair of Negroid peoples’ was first used in a runaway slave advertisement in 1697. This type of hair was also ascribed sexual connotations, according to Allan Peterkin, ‘frizzy’ hair was seen as ‘demonic, licentious, and public.’

… ‘Negro’ possessed ‘wool instead of hair,’ and that this difference, in concert with others concerning skin and facial features, suggested that they ‘appear to constitute a new species of man’ (in Diderot and d’Alembert, 1765, v. 11: 76).  uaresma, M. V., Martinez Velasco, M. A., & Tosti, A. (2015). Hair Breakage in Patients of African Descent: Role of Dermoscopy. Skin Appendage Disorders, 1(2), 99–104.

In addition to these properties, the water content in African descent hair is slightly lower than in Caucasian hair, and the sebaceous glands often secrete a small amount of sebum, which has an uneven distribution along the shaft due to its spiral shape, leaving the hair with a dry appearance. M [17,20]

When we associate the term “Mixed Race Hair” we get a visual that it is wild, unruly, hard to tame hair. The curly, wavy, coiled or full-bodied curls, mostly the combination of different genetic factors that contributions to the texture of feel, the length, the volume, the plethora of different hair textures. the truth is mixed race hair has more ortho-cortical cells which make it less prone to breakage and damage then finely coiled hair from the scalp. However, the bottom strands are closer to the coily nature of an afro.

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Mixed hair, curly or wavy is often referred to as “Good Hair,” All hair is good hair, it all was created by the Most High.

The great phenomenon of wooly hair, the spiral shaped, tightly coiled, excessive curly mass that tends to hold its shape and grows as a tree straight up on the head. Who are the recipients of such hair? The E1B1A gene carriers – the descendants are the a biologically related ancestors far beyond the african disapora. This is one topic that science has been perplexed by the origin of wooly hair. Geneticist will often say, “The genetic determinants of hair texture in humans are largely not found by science.” It’s either pleiotropic, and selection was for its research fails in comparision to the impact of genetically putting a stamp on its true origin. What genes of phenotypes put together has created such hair type? What is clear is that wooly hair been passed down from Adam to each generation after his existence.

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With black hair the curl pattern is unique ranges from curly to coily. “

His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;” Revelation 1:14 KJV. It refers to the Messiah as having hair white like wool.

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Black hair can withstand extreme temperatures.

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There are more than a thousand different texture patterns of black hair.

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Black hair grows up as a tree, facing our creator; The Most High.

Tips for Organic Marketing on Social Media.

In this century with a new brand of consumers, the Millenials present and their purchases power endlessly through new inventions such as youtube, facebook, Instagram, the blogosphere and Twitter have spear handed the new global approach to selling almost everything. Where organic marketing (inbound markets) have become the catalysts to selling any product over time without the exaggerated methods of selling products.

4 ways to capitalize on organic marketing using social media:
1. Youtube

The Power of Influence. Influencers. Everyone knows in this day and age the bloggers – the influencers rule the internet – with upwards of thousands and even millions viewing their channels on youtube. They have the influence and the followers that tune into their content daily. Which puts the company in unlimited access to their subscribers with potential sales of products. YouTubers have become the new influencers from customers with a more sensible, realistic approach to the consumers. This brings me to Organic Marketing, which could be described but not limited to subscribers, followers, or customers but an element of inbound markets. With this day and age where almost everything is perceived as microwavable and fast moving, the youtube influencers will keep you in the black.

Youtubers on the average build their subscribers over time just like using a product over time to see if works.

2. Blogger-sphere and Facebook

Educating the public with the knowledge of a product and whether it works will are not, gaining the trust of the consumer while featuring the products as in a review with generating twice as many sales. The optimization of a blog or website an authority in your industry while building your brand, taking it to another level so to speak.

Blogger-sphere builds it fellowship with the email subscription to gradually grow over time organically.

3. Instagram

A fresh perspective visually not only are people moved by the visual but the marketing asset of the visual. An Instagram model or blogger holding your product, providing the beautiful landscape to highlight it at its best.

Instagram the more you post the product the more exposure over time.

4. Twitter.

The ultimate conversation builder about any product or service. Conversations building. This kind of conversation building can make a product sale giving it an approach in real time, also getting the feedback to improve your product. Through conventional advertising, you will only know about the fact of spending thousands if it is good or not.

Twitter talking about a product helps with improvement and sales gradually over time.

Fair is Lovely: The Anti-Darkness in India

One manifestation of white supremacy is the use of whiteness as the standard of beauty. When whiteness (pale skin) is considered superior, white people are considered more attractive by definition and ifs the appearance of people of other races deviates from that standard, they are considered ugly. Lisa Wade Ph.D., “When whiteness is the standard of beauty” article on

When the white European male sets the standards the world follows, this doesn’t make it true but creates an illusion. To speak of a reality where light skin, light eyes, and tall slender bodies are presented as the benchmarks of European dogma a spectacle of breathtaking provincialism – “The universal standard of beauty“ It universalizes the concept of whiteness to epitomize beauty around the world. It suggests, perversely, and seriously, dictates what is beautiful and what is not.

In the land of Vivid Colors and Exquisite Architecture, where the 5th largest film industry in the world “Bollywood” thrives with its wholesome view on sexuality, there lies just beneath the surface a dilemma of “Colorism” and “Shadeism” which are problematic concepts where light skin is more favorable and darker skin is inherently less attractive. This concept or belief has turned the skin lightening epidemic through the advertising campaign of “Fair is Lovely” into a billion dollar industry. Where did this begin? Through colonization by Great Britain in the 17th century, where dark-skinned Indians were conditioned to believe that having light skin was a prized possession. Light skin was also associated with status, attractiveness, and desirability. The “Unfair and Lovely” campaign is debunking the myths of Shadeism and promotes unity among the darker women and girls the world over, they express their personal challenges with confronting the Isms: Colorism and Shadeism. Way to Go ladies! #unfairandlovely

Meet the beautiful Trina Moitra, who is more than a pretty face, she possesses a kind and loving character. She is a senior branding consultant and the Head of Marketing at She loves delving into different cultures and is passionate about beauty without boundaries or inhibitions.

Q: On the color chart in India, what are you considered? Light or Dark?

Trina: I am considered somewhere between fair and very fair.

Q. How has your skin color affected your life? In your career, dating, or marriage if that applies.

Trina: I can’t think of an instance where my skin color has helped me in my career. But being “presentable” overall definitely has. Even in online settings where people don’t see my face to face, is well put together has won me a distinctive edge. In the marriage market though complexion still rules for the majority of people. If you’re “fair” and have clear skin, that’s literally half the battle won. Especially for women.

Q: Do you think that “Colorism” started with the caste system in India?

Trina: Not really. I think colorism is the persistent residue of colonial dominance in India. You won’t see too many of the Millennials subscribing to this mindset of “fairer is better.” They are open and accepting of all skin tones and complexions. But Generation X in the country is still besotted with white. I know it sounds racist, but in my personal opinion, that is one of the main reasons why Indians have continued to revere the white skin. As the old colonial wounds heal from the psyche of the nation, this obsession too shall pass. As a darker skinned race, we will always find being fair fascinating just because it is so different. But it will be a matter of curiosity or aesthetic appeal and not a yardstick to measure potential or worthiness with.

Q: How are the darker women treated in India?

Trina: As I discussed, the Millennials are more into how to clear someone’s skin is and not the tone of the skin or the complexion. But in the marriage market, very dark-skinned women may have a harder time finding someone suitable.

Q: Why do you think there is a skin lightening epidemic across the world?

Trina: I think this epidemic is very much restricted to the East. As far as I know, most Africans who still reside in the country respect their ebony skin. They even dye their palms a pitch black during weddings and the darker a lass, the more beautiful she is. I find this fantastic and very much, worth emulating. Skin lightening is generally done because of two reasons: – To be more beautiful. I get this because most of the glitz and glamour in the world can still be traced back to the West. Power is continuously associated with countries like the US and the standard of beauty there is primarily porcelain skin, blonde hair, and a svelte figure. People who are mostly in the public eye want to conform to this standard. – To be more worthy. This is more so a trait in races that have been oppressed by Caucasians. The taking on of the “white” skin is, in a way being equal to the status of those who have always exerted control over the lives of the darker skinned individuals. This might actually be an unconscious motivation.

Q: How much annually is spent in your country on skin lightening?

Trina: The skin lightening market in India is projected to touch US$31.2 billion by 2024.

Q: How old were you when you discovered that the lightness of your skin would play a critical part in your success in life?

Trina: Around 16 or 17, I realized that I had a subtle advantage, but I didn’t really feel that my peers who weren’t light skinned were disadvantaged.

Q: Are there any Bollywood actresses that speak against colorism? If so, what do they say about it?

Trina: The two divas who come to mind are Priyanka Chopra and Nandita Das. While Priyanka Chopra speaks holistically about being enough and treasuring one’s authentic self, Nandita Das is more vocal about the trend of skin lightening. She has appeared in several “Stay Unfair” campaigns that are a rebuttal to the “Fair & Lovely” advertisements advocating skin lightening products.

Q: Do you think parents are responsible for teaching their children that they are special no matter their skin color? What did your mother teach you? What would you teach your future daughter?

Trina: ABSOLUTELY. Parents need to take some time away from grilling their children about studies and achievements and instead focus on ensuring they know that they are enough – just the way they are. The works of experts like Marisa Peer show that a sense of belonging, a positive frame of mind and unshakable faith in oneself drive success in life. Not how many hours a child studies.

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Q: What advice would you give to darker Indian girls about skin color issues?

Trina: Do you really crib about the fact that there are purple flowers? A flower – regardless of its hue – is treasured because of its scent and its uplifting qualities. And a purple flower blooms big and bold, even though a white rose may be right beside it. There are some critical lessons in these analogies. A. We are unique, just because we are “we.” And we need to add to who we are with our qualities, not necessarily our appearance. B. Just because someone else is fair or light skinned shouldn’t detract from your glory. They have a different life path. Maybe their complexion suits them as yours will surely serve your unique challenges and gifts. C. If you want to lighten your skin, do it because you genuinely love the concept of “being fair.” Not because you feel you have to conform to a pseudo-standard of beauty. If it brings you joy (and doesn’t hurt your health) it is fair game – pun intended.

Q: What do you think about the fair and lovely campaign in India?

Trina: Won’t lie. I fell for it in my college years. Even though I am already light skinned. The Fair and Lovely campaigns don’t really fight above board. They link complexion to having a more comfortable life. Which is valid to some extent but who wants to keep pandering that destructive notion. If they really limited their portrayal to being light skinned for the sake of being light-skinned, not many people would pay attention! Good marketing, lousy message.

Q: What is the answer to “Colorism” in India?

Trina: The only answer is to make sure everyone – not just girls – understands that they are enough. Healthy self-esteem is essential. The next step would be to encourage positive body brands like Dove, which are working to reinforce the statement that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Life’s too short to live with cultural baggage. Dump it already.