n In die Skriflig - Appreciating the image of God in all humanity : towards a pastoral response to skin lightening as image enhancement to exit dark skin : original research

Volume 50 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1018-6441
  • E-ISSN: 2305-0853



The practice of skin lightening is prevalent amongst dark-skinned people globally. Various current studies that map this practice and that seek motivations behind the practice are examined. It is observed that through shrewd marketing, dark-skinned people are offered a promise of a better quality of life, obtained by a lighter skin, through the use of skin lighteners. In spite of the severe health risks involved, the promise is ostensibly irresistible to some dark-skinned persons. A pastoral response is offered that affirms the full person-hood and complete humanity of dark-skinned people as fully human and whole in their dark skins.

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