Skin lightening: the desire to appear White.

Walsh, Olivia-Ria (2012) Skin lightening: the desire to appear White. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Deracialsation is a term used to deliberately change your ethnicity by using cosmetic surgery procedures. In today’s western culture we are constantly bombarded by the media through television, advertisement and magazines with exposure to the idealistic image for men and women, with the dominance by many cultures being a preferred western image, which ironically contains a pale complexion. It would be hard to not be influenced by such forceful and persuading media campaigns to conform to a certain image. Unsurprisingly deracialisation surgery is flourishing in eastern countries where it has become surprisingly easy with little restrictions for surgeons to change your identity within a few hours, with the majority of patients travelling there to obtain the apparently ideal Caucasian features. As the BBC 4 documentary named ‘Bleach, Nip Tuck: the white beauty myth’ discusses, foreign people living in today’s communities feel the western look forced upon and feel judged for being a different nationality in a world which dictates us to look a certain way, and to fit into their social groups they need to conform to the ideal western image.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 14:46
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:10

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