What is the obsession of being fair, or fairer than you already are?
Whenever I walk past a cosmetic counter, they are bent on trying to convince me to get their products that allegedly would make me fairer. Me fairer? hahaah .. big joke. I mean, look at me lah .. I am dark (nicely tanned is the term I like to use ) and I dont think any cream on earth would make me any fairer than I already am .. gelap lagi boleh lah !
I am blessed with easily burned skin .. duduk bawah bumbung zing, and the heat alone I can burn .. kalau mandi laut or stay out in the sun toksah ceritalah .. that is when the term "hitam berkilat" or "hitam legam" really rears its ugly head !! Even when I go out running in the morning on a very cloudy day, my face can still burn from the heat of the running .. how else can I convince them that I am naturally black and will stay black all my life ha ha.. the thing is, it doesnt bother me, one bit. Orang kata hitam itu menawan kan? black is beautiful hehe .. hitam pun hitam manis (or kelat in my case) apa pun, dah hitam terima ajelah ..
I hate all this fair people that will cringe at a stray of sunlight on their skin and will go "eee i dah hitamlah" or "mesti i hitam legam lepas nie" and these are truly fair skinned people, paling teruk kulit turn red kejap itu aje .. and they will turn and look at me and say "you oklah" ,, meaning?? ok cos I am already burned? ok cos I dah gelap and doesnt matter? like, hello?
Last week, a salesgirl was hell bent on selling me the fair and lovely cream ..she claimed that in mere 4 weeks i can get fairer skin ..
Me : betul ke dik?
Her : betul kak .. gerenti .. dulu saya macam akak , sekarang kan dah cerah (she is fair ok, likes of erra fazira and to think that she was MY skin colour, wow.. some product !!)
Me : habis nak sapu satu badan??
Her : eh muka ajelah kak ...
Me : nanti muka aje putin, tangan semua masih hitam macam mana?
Her : aa ... aa ...
Me : takpelah dik, kalau boleh putih semua akak beli ..
Needless to say she didnt make her sale to me and hordes of others that had tried in vain !
Being an anak mami, (I will tell more abt this) I am supposed to be dark , even though ada anak mami yang putih macam hindustan, generally we are quite dark skinned and I am ok with that .. I think my husband berkenan kat I pun tang the kulit hitam manis (and he is really fair, ok)
Do you know the song hitam manis? During our anak angkat programme travelling from Shah Alam to Kedah, (eon years ago) in the bus .. this group of boys actually dedicated this song to me and they sang it over and over again .. I am sure the other girls are either a) jealous cos the dark one got the attention or b) hate me or c) hate me again lol ..
I still remember it and it still make me smile .. they did it in english you see .. it goes
"black sweet, black sweet
the black sweet, i see no forget, i see cannot sleep ..
I see no forget, i see cannot sleep
when the moon is bright and the night is young ....
i look in the sky and i see your face
the black sweet, the black sweet
i see no forget i see cannot sleep ...
hitam manis ku june, i cannot sleep .. "
there's more but I cant remember ha ha ..
secretly, i was of course flattered and i got that nickname through out my stay in ITM! those young innocent days, I mean really innocent days not like our youngsters nowadays that grows up too fast knowing and DOING things that we at that time didnt even dare to mention !! "my parents DID NOT DO THAT" was a common exclamation"
So to those that is wanting to sell me all this making your skin fairer product, thanks but no thanks ..
I leave you with words of wisdom from my late gramma :-
"kalau kita hitam, orang kata tenguk dia tu .. hitam2 pun lawa .. isssh kalau putih lagilah lawa, tapi kalau orang tu putih nanti orang kata .. nasib baik putih, kalau hitam tak lawa langsung"
So, yeah I think I will stay 'black sweet'