The attitude of a British-Cameroonian woman, Irene Major, to a question on bleaching has generated some discussions even among Nigerians.
Irene, a guest on the ITV daytime show was challenged by a fellow guest, AJ Odudu on why she bleaches her skin but she snapped and said she didn’t have to listen to someone with ‘fake hair’ telling her how she should look.
“For me it’s personal, we are standing here celebrating 100 years of the women getting the right to vote. I am not going to… listen to someone with fake hair on telling me exactly how I should look,” she said.
“You’re Nigerian right,” she asked AJ, who said yes.
“You should be here in your traditional clothes, you should take this freaking wig off,” she said, while removing her wig to the shock of everyone.
“Take your wig off, let’s show them Africa!” Irene said to AJ.
While AJ defended her decision to wear a wig, pointing out that if she straightened her natural Afro hair, it would look the same, she explained that she only wants black women to feel proud of their heritage and not feel under pressure to conform, as the issue ‘lies within’ for some.
The issue started when Beyonce’s father, Mathew Knowles said his superstar daughter would not be as famous if she had darker skin.
While AJ supports Matthew’s claims, she said the practice of lightening the shade of black women’s skin on magazine covers to make them more ‘commercially acceptable’ is an issue that ‘needs to be tackled’.
Meanwhile, Irene revealed she spends up to £2,000 a year on products to change the colour of her complexion.
This debate caused generated a flood of reaction among Nigerians with many saying that Irene was being defensive, while pointing out that AJ was just saying black women should not feel inferior to the whites because of their skin.