Miss South Africa 2019’s closing speech: Something Pinays should reflect on, a netizen says

  • Pinays love to lighten their skin tone because society perceives fair skin  to be more attractive
  • A netizen wrote on Facebook about why some Pinays want to whiten their skin while Miss Universe has proven they don’t have to do so
  • He refers to Zozibini Tunzi’s closing speech which tells us that all women whatever their color are beautiful without any standards

While some races bathe in the sun to darken their skin tone, most Filipinos consider lightening their skin. 

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Most Filipinas are always on the lookout for what’s the latest in the whitening industry — from the most organic and affordable DIY papaya scrub to the trendy high-dose glutathione drips. 

Society seemingly dictates, the whiter the skin, the higher the social status and the more attractive; not until we change our minds. 

The recent win of Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, as Miss Universe 2019 inspired a  male netizen, Marvin Rivera Alegre, to express his personal thoughts and posted it on Facebook.

“Dear Pinay, why spend so much money on whitening products and alter your color? Miss Universe has proven you don’t have to do so. ” 

“Yehey! Somebody finally gets it.” Words of affirmation was set in the comments. Indeed, maybe it is time to listen to the queen. 

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Zozibini Tunzi, a woman of color herself, experienced the unfair judgment of society. In her closing speech,  she spoke, “I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me – with my kind of skin and my kind of hair – was never considered to be beautiful. I think it is time that that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine.”

We are all equal, no matter what our color is; let us embrace it the way it is.  It is our identity where we belong. And let us also treat others the way we treat ourselves. Let us be empowered from within and not just superficially. So the next time we doubt ourselves, let us always remember this.

White is beautiful. Brown is beautiful. And yes, black is beautiful too.