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Did Tami Roman Bleach Her Skin?

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Poor lighting? Bad make-up? Wrong angle?  These are some of the questions that some are asking about Basketball Wives star, Tami Roman. These individuals are giving Tami the benefit of the doubt and are hoping that indeed she has not done what some have accused her of: skin bleaching.

In recent pictures that have gone viral, Tami looks drastically different. Naturally beautiful, the caramel brown reality TV star appears to be several hues lighter than she normally appears. Reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s transformation, some are wondering what is really going on and in true fashion, people have taken to social media to weigh in.

Some have defended Roman and truly believe that the outspoken mother, who was a pioneer on MTV’s Real World, would never  bleach her skin. Others have pointed to the pressure that some Black women feel to become more desirable. Unfortunately, for some, that includes doing whatever it takes to lighten one’s skin.

Skin lightening has long been used by some women of color around the world from America, Brazil to Senegal and England to achieve a ‘standard’ of beauty that often evokes cries of self-hatred and destruction. It has become some bad in some places that advocates want to ban skin-lightening, especially creams and chemicals that are made from mercury.

It is too soon to tell what is really happening with Tami. Recently, Indie Arie was thought to have  bleached her skin when a picture went public that showed her several shades lighter. India was quick to denounce her critics and shortly thereafter, it became evident that it was the lighting.

Tami has yet to address the rumors directly, but she did take to social media to dismiss her critics. She tweeted, “Don’t believe the hype.”

For those of us who embrace Black as beautiful in all of its hues, we are hoping that indeed the rumor of skin-bleaching is not true.

10 Comment

  1. I am not as spart as some of you sisters out there, but those of you in the MD field, can you really bleach your skin? I don't believe this is possible and believe it is makeup. Am I wrong or right…?

  2. See, what I mean…I am not as SMART as some of your sisters out there is what I meant to say…LOL!

  3. I believe some Black women are bleaching their skin. I know one woman was really dark two years ago. She went to France. I just met her and called my name and I asked who she was. I could not believe she was white – I mean completely white and she had colored her hair blonde. The only difference was her nose – it was just like mine – black. I don’t know what she is putting on job aps – black turned white? You be the judge. Of course you remember the wife of Berry – the Mayor of DC. We thought all the time she was Black with strange nose. When they divorced, I saw change her to a White woman. People then confronted her if she bleached her skin. She said she had tanned Black to please her husband. As they divorced she did not have to please Berry anymore. What a world!

  4. Stupid question…Its clear to be.

  5. She looks like latoya Jackson

  6. she looks like lil Kim , what a shame

  7. The self-hatred being shown by women of colour is appalling and ridiculous.

  8. People are always worrying about the wrong thing. So what if she bleached her skin does that change who she is or the things she has accomplished. People focus on her talent not her skin lol cause this is ridiculous big ups to Tami keep doing your thing & u look fabulous!!!!

  9. In the neither regions is it bleached or shaved.

  10. Yup, that appears to be a skin condition. thanks!

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