I Was Uncomfortable Always In My Teenage Years For Being Dark - Tiwa Savage - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, April 20, 2021

I Was Uncomfortable Always In My Teenage Years For Being Dark - Tiwa Savage

                           •Tiwa Savage

The Daily Crucible

Talented and wave making  singer, Tiwatope Savage,  has given insight into her growing up years and the challenges experienced due to her skin colour, saying she felt insecure always because of it.

The Nigerian actress and songwriter who was born in Isale Eko, Lagos, 41 years ago, said she was so uncomfortable being dark that she resorted to using self - made mixed preparations ostensibly to bleach her skin.

The mother of one who revealed this in a recent interview with allure magazine, said her mum discovered the bleaching creams, felt quite disappointed and stopped the music crooner in her track.

Tiwa said: “I actually did try to bleach my skin when I was about, I think 14 or 15 years. Even now I have patches on my back. My mom was cleaning my room and saw the cream that I used to mix with lemons. She wasn’t angry. it was more her disappointment. So I stopped but I was always insecure about being dark.

“I have a platform and I’m digging more into my responsibility for younger people.  When I started my career, I wasn’t embracing who I was fully yet because I was just trying to crack into the market.
 “My first two singles were very American and it wasn’t very African. But then, as time went on, I just started seeing how powerful my platform was and how mothers would say, ‘My little girl really looks up to you.

“And I feel like there’s so much pressure now and it’s going to get even worse with social media and there is the  need to strike a balance. There need to be some people that are not too perfect. I know we want to look good. I don’t want to be out there looking jacked up, but I also want to look relatable.” 

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