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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Raven-Symoné Says She Tanned To Be Darker And 'Pretty'


According to Centric, Raven-Symoné helps hold a spotlight on this topic in OWN’s documentary “Light Girls,” where she reveals she once tanned numerous times a week during the glory days of her hit Disney show “That’s So Raven.” Raven, a light-skin actress, said she did so to appear darker.  "When I had my own show, I used to tan three or four times a week in a tanning bed to get darker," she said. "I did."  “The Cosby Show” star’s skin tone ended up changing enough that it actually began having an impact on the show's production.  "It's funny, one of the lighting guys came up--I love him to death; I love him, oh my goodness--he goes, 'Raven, I need you to stop tanning. You're getting too dark, and we have to re-light the whole entire show,'" she recalled. "I was like, 'Sorry. I was just trying to be pretty.'"  Producer Ralph Farquhar pointed out that colorism greatly impacts actresses and their chances for roles in prime time television.  "A lot of times, we might be in situations where we want to make sure we cast a dark-skinned girl. So, we're passing up the light-skinned sisters because, you know, we don't want to be accused of doing that," Farquhar explains. "You might have a very talented actress who's being overlooked because of her complexion."
Sidebar: Looking forward to seeing this on OWN. 

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