South African media personality, Pearl Thusi has come out to speak on her battle with colorism and depression.
She recently revealed this in an interview with podcaster MacG, and Africans have been reacting.
According to Pearl, she remembers burning her skin when she was a child for people to stop teasing her because she didn’t grow up around other light-skinned people, plus she even had to darken her skin to fit in with the people around her.
Pearl added that she worked really hard to be where she is right now and she even slept in parking lots at some point when she was too tired to drive home.
Her words, “I used to burn my skin when I was a child for people to stop teasing (me). I didn’t grow up around other light-skinned people.
“These people think this ‘light-skinned’ thing started with them. I have had this conversation since I was 11. People think this conversation is new. I had believed I had worked so hard that I had passed that conversation about the colour of my skin.”
On her success, “You can’t say all I have is purely because of something I can’t change and expect me to accept that. You can’t! That’s rude! I am going to defend my work. I worked really hard. I have slept in parking lots because I was too tired to drive home.”