Do we really think light skin always mean beautiful skin? And that having dark skin is a sin? There is nothing wrong in wanting even skin, a glow etc...but why is being dark such a bad thing? I dont care if someone else uses fair and lovely but i dont want to be judged for refusing to conform. While growing up, I got crap from my aunties, old people and a teacher teased me for beign dark when I was young. Years ago, an Indian man wanted to marry me but his parents thought I was too dark. His mother wanted a fair bride because to her that would make more beautiful babies. His family was rude, snotty and pretentious. I found out he was only interesed in my Visa becuz I was a citizen. No wonder i left that crazy family. I then meet my current boyfriend. My ex & parents were not happy about me leaving them for an American man. It's obvious, my bf's family was accepting and didnt judge me on something shallow like skin-color. My boyfriend thinks my dark skin is sexy. Here in America, I got many compliments. With my dark skin (which I'm proud of) I had no problems attracting men (Indian and non-indian). I refuse to use skin lightening products simply to get a lighter complexion. I care about my appearance. I use makeup and have a skin-care regimen to make my skin look its best. I have seen stunning African models. Victoria's Secret has dark-skinned models including a dark Indian model. Personally, I don't understand why it's difficult for some (especially our culture) to understand that beauty comes in all colors - whether dark or light.