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Beauty standards show racism runs deep

  • Aradi Priyanto

    Student and journalist at the City of Wolverhampton College, United Kingdom

Wolverhampton, UK   /   Wed, October 23 2019   /  01:26 am

As riots and protests against racism toward “black” university students in Surabaya raged across the country from August to September, it was difficult to ignore the fact that racism in general has had a comfortable place in Indonesian society. The issue of racism in the country is more deep-rooted than one might think.At a recent fashion show, model and actress Kelly Tandiono opened up about being bullied for her “black” and “darker” skin, stating that it had inspired her in her journey to become a successful model. Nineteen-year-old actress Amanda Rawles has also spoken out about being verbally abused and bullied at school for her “darker” skin.It is shocking that racism could exist among children and in schools in this day and age. Yet the word racism wasn’t raised, either by the actresses or in the articles they were referred to in. It is as if it is commonplace, th...