Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Singer: I'm happy in my own skin

India Arie has denied lightening her skin for a publicity photo (AP)

R&B artist India.Arie has laughed off talk that she may have lightened her skin, following comments about a publicity photo for her new song.

India.Arie is known for singing about being authentic and celebrating one's true self, but some accused of lightening her skin when the photo for her song Cocoa Butter, released this week, made it look as though she were several shades lighter than her dark brown complexion.

The singer took to Twitter to deny the accusations, saying she has no desire to bleach her skin because she loves herself and her brown skin "more than ever".

She also said "magnificent lighting" was the cause for her "glow".

She said though that she would like to keep the conversation going on the issue of racism and colourism in the black community.

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