NPR: ‘You Have Dark Skin And You Are Beautiful’: The Long Fight Against Skin Bleaching

Amira Adawe

I reported on Minnesota public health researcher Amira Adawe for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. Adawe is Somali, and she is leading the fight to raise awareness about the health risks of skin bleaching, which is pervasive in the Somali community. “A lot of it ties to colonization,” Adawe says. “Certain skin colors were more accepted in the society. But through the years, it became so embedded in the culture to where it’s become normal. If you’re light-skinned, you’re more accepted.” You can read the entire digital feature here.