Here's Why 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' Star Spice 'Bleached' Her Skin

By Peyton Blakemore

October 23, 2018

Spice's new look seems to have been a call for change. 

The Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star debuted a much lighter complexion on Instagram Monday (October 22), and fans had a lot of questions. "Nothing wrong with a fresh start," she captioned a photo, which featured her in a blonde wig and blue contacts. The picture immediately sent shockwaves throughout the hip-hop and Dancehall community, with many claiming her skin lightening was nothing more than photoshop/ publicity stunt for her new mixtape, Captured. However, the self-proclaimed "Queen of Dancehall" addressed the naysayers in a second post where she discussed her latest single "Black Hypocrisy," and it's connection to her new look.

"Since the photo was photoshopped," she sarcastically captioned video of her rapping while showing off her new look, seemingly proving that it's at the very least a semi-permanent skin bleaching. "How did i video shop this on snap chat? 🤣🤣🤣😂... when you wake up tmro my Video for #Blackhypocrisy will be out💙." Ahead of the release of the music video, Spice went on Instagram Live and explained her change in skin color, saying, "Basically as a black woman, I'm mostly called black by my own race. And I'm trying to please them so I'm gonna see what they have to say now. Because of them, I've changed my complexion a bit. I'm just pleasing them. They asked for it so I'm just giving it to them. That's basically what it's about — I think the ['Black Hypocrisy'] will explain more to you. Why I decided to go this route."

Hours later, Spice dropped the music video for the track where she raps about how colorism within the black community drove her to alter her skin color. "I get hate from my own race yes that’s a fact, cause the same black people dem say I’m too black and if you bleach out you skin Dem same one come a chat," she raps. "I was told I would reach further if the color of my skin was lighter. And I was made to feel inferior... society says brown girls are prettier. Me love the way me look, me love me pretty black skin. Respect due to me strong melanin." 

The video also featured her talking to a room of young black women, telling them to "demolish colorism," love the skin they're in, and support each other. All of which, pointing to the fact that the single and music video was nothing more than a social experiment to show the impact of colorism.

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