Mshoza (Photo: Gallo Images)
FAME and fortune can bring a lot of change – even a change
in skin complexion! Skin brightening or lightening is a growing phenomenon in
our entertainment industry. Move! looks
at a few celebrities who were criticised by Black Twitter after reports that
they have allegedly bleached their skin surfaced. Kwaito singer, Mshoza, is one
of the celebrities who has in the past talked about her skin being bleached.
She is not the only Mzansi celebrity to face criticism for the lighter tone of
her skin. Musicians Khanyi Mbau and Kelly Khumalo have long admitted to using
skin-lightening creams and injections for a paler look but they have never
admitted to bleaching their skins.
Kwaito artist, Mshoza, is notorious for her skin bleaching
habits. She filmed a short documentary about one of her skin bleaching
treatments on MTV Base Africa. Early last year, Mshoza found herself in the midst of a frenzy after she underwent
a shocking transformation to look like American rapper, Nicki Minaj. The
transformation, which was documented by MTV Base Africa‚ sparked widespread
criticism. The internet was in full attack mode after seeing the footage of the
so-called Nicki Minaj transformation. In the video clip, a nervous Mshoza, who
is dressed in a white robe and sporting bright crimson lips, is heard saying,
“Hey, this is Mshoza, the queen of kwaito. We are about to fix Mshoza and make
her look more like Nicki.” Aesthetics HQs, which is the company that handled
the transformation, says costs of the procedures were R3 000 a session and
botox/fillers every four months at R4 000 a pop, with an additional R2 100
needed to maintain Mshoza’s complexion.
Media personality, Khanyi Mbau, has also had her fair share
of skin bleaching accusations but she remains unshaken by them. A few months
ago, Khanyi set tongues wagging again after she posted a picture of herself
looking too many shades lighter than before. In an interview with former East
Coast Radio presenter Phat Joe, Khanyi was once asked why she embarked on her
skin-lightening journey and she replied by saying that it’s a personal choice.
“There is something about a woman who looks brighter‚ but there is a difference
between lightening and bleaching. Lightening is non-invasive. It also boosts
your immune system and helps with anti-ageing,” she said in the interview.
Songstress Kelly Khumalo has also made headlines for
apparently bleaching her skin. It hasn’t been an easy ride for Kelly as the
mockery never ends. Back in 2015, pictures of Kelly did the rounds on social
media showing the distinct difference between the singer’s face and hand
complexion. Twitter made a feast of that. Most recently, when Kelly was a guest
judge on Idols SA, she ended up trending after viewers noticed that her armpits
were darker than her skin tone. According to viewers, she “bleached” the rest
of her body and forgot her armpits. Mshoza, Khanyi and Kelly could not be reached
to comment on the procedures.