Dark is Beautiful: Bollywood Actress Who Broke The ‘Fair And Lovely’ Beauty Norm

Gone are the days when Bollywood’s version of a ‘perfect’ beauty was all about being fair. An actor’s talent does not depend on the colour of her skin, and Bollywood finally agrees with us, considering most of its leading ladies do not fit the ‘fair and lovely’ stereotype.

In a society obsessed with ‘white skin’, especially in the Sub-continent, of which UAE expatriates from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, form the majority, fairness is still the benchmark for beauty.

This dark obsession with a fair and glowing complexion has given rise to the ‘Dark is Beautiful’ campaign in India, of which actress Nandita Das, is the face.

Here’s a list of female actors who defy that norm

Priyanka Chopra


Former Miss World Priyanka Chopra, often referred to as ‘dusky’, couldn’t agree more with the fair obsession. She goes on to say that this obsession isn’t limited to just Bollywood; it is present in most fields.

Guess what, this fairness mania has even been rubbed onto Priyanka time and again.

Konkona Sen Sharma


Konkona Sen Sharma is also dusky and has never used any skin lightening cream or endorsed any such cream. She has always been comfortable with the way she looks.



Kajol has always been known for being a bold Bong beauty, who carried off her dusky complexion with attitude and ease.

Deepika Padukone


Chitrangda Singh


Bipasha Basu


Malaika Arora Khan


Rani Mukerji




Nandita Das


There is no longer any need to feel inferior due to your skin color. Throw away the creams and your misconceptions; it’s not what is on the outside that counts, but the inside.

Nothing should hold you back! Even with a darker complexion you are just as good as the next person, probably better. You know for a fact that you are healthier and if that doesn’t satisfy you then you can bank on the fact that dusky is sexy!

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