(EEW MAGAZINE) In a world where Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is named PEOPLE’s “Most Beautiful,”
still, outside those glossy magazine pages, the dark skin versus light skin controversy lives on.

The self-hatred of some people of color that believe lighter is better has permeated their psyche and left them
presuming that everyone feels that way.

This is something actress Meagan Good finds herself fighting against.

“Get. Yo. Life,” said the Christian actress and preacher’s wife in a lengthy Instagram rant responding to skin
bleaching rumors.

On Monday, Aug. 11, the 33-year-old smacked down speculation that she has lightened her body or hair (She
recently went blonde.) to appear more Caucasian as a means of opening doors in Hollywood.

“I can't believe I'm actually going to address this nonsense,” she started out, then added, “I have young women
who follow me - so I think its important to give clarity because I believe that black and every other color is
beautiful.”

While it is true that mainstream media mass distributes images of black women skewed toward the lighter-toned
ones with Anglo features, not everyone is brainwashed.

Good’s succinct reply to the original accusers is “Umm No Ma'am,” because “I LOVE my complexion- no matter
what side of the spectrum I'm at at any particular time.”

To explain why she appears different shades in photos, Good said, “My skin looks various different ways for
various reasons - from lighting to makeup ..style of photography or something as simple as weather and what
coast on working on at any given time.”

The
Think Like a Man Too star continued, “I tend to get lighter and darker depending upon how much sun I do
or don't get.”

As a self-proclaimed “Cali girl” she said she loves the sun, but is protecting her beauty. “As I've gotten older
and especially more recently, since I've gotten into my 30s, I tend not to be in the sun as much because it ages
your skin terribly.”

According to Good, the avoidance of the hot rays has nothing to do with avoiding a tan. She said she is simply
“opting to preserve my skin by protecting it and only making exceptions for vacations.”

Before ending her lengthy response, Good addressed those who have drawn the conclusion that she dyed her
hair blonde to look more like a white woman.

“I went blonde for the same reason I went purple ...and for the same reason I'll probably go Green at some
point.”

The reason being, “because I felt like it,” she said.

Though Good admitted she reluctantly responded to the “foolishness,” she “felt moved to say something for
every little brown girl that follows my page.”

She concluded with “I'm proud to be me brown or tan, thick or thin, natural hair or weave or dyed purple or
green.”

And there you have it, folks.
Meagan Good
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