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Raven-Symoné is sharing her personal ‘light girl’ story for the upcoming Light Girls documentary appearing on OWN January 19th. Light Girls, the sequel to Bill Duke’s 2011 documentary, Dark Girls, addresses both the privileges and disadvantages of having lighter skin in the Black community and beyond.

While being interviewed for the documentary, Raven-Symoné revealed that throughout the four seasons starring in Disney’s That’s So Raven she tanned her skin to be darker. The actress began to tan regularly to appear darker on the hit series. Raven’s shared that her skintone changed so much that it affected the production of the show.

“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.” “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,’” Raven recalls. “I was like, ‘Sorry. I was just trying to be pretty.’”

Watch the clip below:

Source: Huffington Post

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  • Love.tweet.joi

    That’s deep. Self acceptance comes with age I guess. There have always been things about me that I never ever thought about changing because it seemed crazy. I would never want to make myself not look like me. I would just want to enhance my pretty. As far as plastic surgery goes, I can understand it; however, I could never change those identifying things about myself, like my nose or face in general. Not even the lisp I HATE. It’s who I am. I can remember (in the 90’s) wishing I had light eyes but I would never go as far as to stick something into my eyes.

  • Mary Burrell

    Thought provoking comment to say the least.

  • [email protected]

    Those are very interesting words from Raven Symone. Life will not always be filled with sunshine all of the time. That is why if we must to defeat the evil of colorism once and for all, then we have to listen to people and to be participants in the conversation. We have to be honest and see each other as one. In the final analysis, our diverse hues is part of our identity. Black people, regardless of our hues or our physical appearances, have dignity and we have great worth. Our worth is not defined by our incomes or by our “prestige.” It is defined perfectly at birth.

  • Taz

    My mom and sister tan (not in beds tho). Im browner, not borderline albino like them. I love how golden I get in the summer. See, just goes to show u cant have it all

  • elle D.

    I can definitely relate to what Raven says here…this color thing is sooo insidious.