Keke Palmer’s career started at the age of 9. The Illinois native’s breakout role in a stage production of The Lion King, led to her first movie role in Barbershop 2: Back in Business. From that point on, Palmer’s career skyrocketed and she knew acting was her life, so her family left Illinois and headed for Hollywood.
For Palmer, Hollywood proved not to be the place for a person with thin skin, or even darker skin. According to Palmer, colorism is alive and well in Tinseltown. During a recent panel appearance Palmer also revealed that she once wished she was lighter skinned so she could be beautiful.
“When I was like 5 years old I used to pray to have light skin because I would always hear how pretty that little light skin girl was, or I would hear I was pretty ‘to be dark skinned.’ It wasn’t until I was 13 that I really learned to appreciate my skin color and know that I was beautiful,” she said.
Last fall, Palmer came under fire because of her skin color, but not from Hollywood. After posting a photo on the social media site, Palmer’s Instagram followers accused her of undergoing skin lightening. In response to the accusations she told her followers:
“Enough with the crazy complex accusations. We need to stop separating ourselves by how dark or how light we are. I have been the same complexion all my life and if you think otherwise don’t follow me. #nofilter.”
Look out for Palmer as she portrays Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in the upcoming TLC VH1-biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.