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“What’s the difference between getting a hair weave and changing your skin color?” Azealia Banks defends her Decision to Lighten her Skin



Azealia Banks

Singer Azealia Banks has come forward to address the skin lightening rumours that surfaced after Whitenicious boss Dencia shared photos of Azealia Banks holding up a case of the skin lightening cream.

She said in a video she posted

What’s the difference between getting a nose job and changing your skin color? What’s the difference between getting a hair weave and changing your skin color? There really isn’t a difference. For so many people to say that [me wanting to lighten my skin] negates anything I’ve said about the state of Blackness in America is ignorant,” she said.
“I think it’s contradictory — especially since so many of our favorite stars have lightened their skin. Some of my favorite artists — look at Diana Ross. I would never say that Diana Ross is any less of an artist because her skin is lighter. Like, come on! hat was the style! That was the 70s, disco-fever style. Who cares?”.

The video is over 20 minutes long.

Watch below.


  1. Bodunade

    July 3, 2016 at 11:05 am

    So, I read we should all be feminists yesterday, Hallelujah.
    Why do women always feel the need to explain their choices? Just do you!

    • Jade

      July 3, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      I knew all the noise she was making, going after people for no reason was her own insecurity, self hatred eating her up.
      She looks stupid now, bcos here she was pretending to be pro black but deep inside wishes she’s white.!

    • Anonymous

      July 3, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Unnecessary Jade.

    • Mabel

      July 3, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Amen to that!

    • ATL's finest

      July 4, 2016 at 3:21 am

      @ But Jade is telling the truth tho. She’s needs to hide herself somewhere with her mess & she can become the next Bleaching Queen, so be it.

  2. Ghen Ghen

    July 3, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Why does she feel the need to explain her decision to look prettier? She’s just getting worked up over nothing. She looks so much better now than when she was pure dark skin.
    It’s like explaining why we use lipstick or foundation.

    You go girl!!

    • Nahum

      July 3, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Are you for real???? So her dark skin was making her look ugly basically. Are you serious??? Are you not one of the people that were making noise when the comedian said “F*ck black girls”, and now you are opening your mouth saying this???

    • Noname

      July 3, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Nahum where you dey since now wit dat wicked witch who is a self-hating, black skin hating bleached whale.

    • Test

      July 3, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      She was pretty in her natural skin tone. Lightening herself probably brings out her features more but she looks the same.

    • femfem

      July 3, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      WOW REALLY? !! So black skin is not pretty. You are ignorant and disgusting! !

    • Nala

      July 4, 2016 at 2:28 am

      “Why does she feel the need to explain her decision to look prettier?” Ghen ghen, I feel sorry for you. I feel sorry for the self hate you must be dealing with. You made a statement about black women being ranked lowest on the favorable scale on another post. Please, learn to love yourself

    • ATL's finest

      July 4, 2016 at 3:23 am

      @ Ghen Ghen pls pour spit commot for mouth & beg God to forgive U cuz e no dey make mistake. She looks better indeed smh.

  3. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    July 3, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    E heavy small for mouth but she looks damn good lighter

  4. tiana

    July 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    i don’t even know why she is explaining her self – its not like anyone cares… most of the stars brig ten up – i don’t see them talking – your choice – she wabi drama oh

  5. Onetallgirl

    July 3, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Azealia Banks, here’s the difference between changing your weave and changing your skin color, changing weave makes you pretty and changing your skin will give you CANCER!!!

    • Naijatalk

      July 3, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      But she has a point, even though this chic is cray cray. There are high end products that do not give you cancer. If skin lightening is your thing, then don’t go and buy cancer for yourself.
      This just goes to show the everlasting psychological damage of slavery, colonialism, and white supremacy.
      Again she maybe crazy but her argument is valid. You condemn one, you gotta condemn all. That’s the world we have created for ourselves, else it will be hypocrisy. If we are to embrace blackness, then we need to accept all of blackness – hair et al. One cannot judge persons who lighten their skin because they consider it an ideal of beauty, and then justify wearing straight silky weaves or wigs because what? You think straight weaves make you pretty, or you just feel like it-you know wanna have a different look? Well, team skin lighteners also feel like it, and want to have a different look too. I think if we are being fair and objective, she has a point.

    • Naijatalk

      July 3, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      I need to add that skin lightening is not merely a black problem, but a minority problem. Many Asians and South Americans bleach to be accepted. It is a very very sad problem really. Lack of acceptance of who you are

    • Nana

      July 4, 2016 at 6:42 am

      And also a weave is temporary and reversible whilst bleaching is permanent and irreversible

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      July 4, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      My dear eeeh. i am surprised people are comparing a temporary change with a permanent one. My take..Nne tee d ude hapu anyi aka ( Sister use the cream and leave us alone) hian!

  6. mrs chidukane

    July 3, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I don’t know oh. I’m not for skin lightening but if I was, then I think her after shade is not bad though I really loved her dark skin look. Mehn this Whitenicious is going places oh,more money for the queen of matanga aka aaya matanga! Abii Katanga?

  7. Iris

    July 3, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    So…exactly how much Whitenicious has she used? Dencia used to say the cream is primarily used to get rid of dark spots and even out skin tone, that you need a huge amount of it to change your skin colour. Based on what she said it sounded almost impractical to use Whitenicious as a lightener. The decision to make a lightener is perfectly fine if you like that kind of thing, but at least be honest about it.

  8. Dr. N

    July 3, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Maybe it’s just me but d darker-skinned pic is better

  9. hezekina pollutina

    July 3, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    The more she talks…..I thought difference was obvious – no one has mentioned: skin lightening is irreversible. U can take off a weave and wear your natural or relaxed hair. Skin lightening compromises your skin, possibly carcinogenic. Weaves, if you maintain your own hair underneath, can be used to actually protect and grow out your hair. If you get a weave closer to your natural texture, as in curly weave, then You can even train up and learn more about hair maintenance with a weave because you would have to learn how to style it and keep it looking good over time, which gives you some ideas how to take care of your own hair – dos and don’ts. Weave is temporary. Skin lightening is permanent. Skin lightening reflects last of self esteem and appreciate for the gifts one is blessed with. And that some how is embarrassing to admit that you dont like yourself which is why she is here over-talking.
    We as Africans need to continue to appreciate our beautiful black skin. God made us all and we are perfectly designed. Life form is about diversity. Our blackness is something special and we need to explore it, reflect it and celebrate it. Just because of being exposed to Western ideology and beauty ideals does not mean we need to get lost in all that. Black is Beautiful. So is White, Asian, Indian and everyone else. But we need to be the champions of our own brand of beauty. So Azelia do you but you self-hate is showing and it ain’t pretty. But its ok, its not your fault you are a reflection of Us, and we need to work harder to make Black dark skin girls feel beautiful and equal to all others. Its important.

    • Difference between the 2

      July 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Weave is temporary. Skin lightening is permanent.

  10. Devil's Advocate

    July 3, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    We get it, black skin is ugly, black women have a death wish and You should tell your children to become oncologists coz that’s where the money is going to be when those women start dying out. Meanwhile, let’s move on shall we???

  11. queenbee

    July 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Azaela banks needs a therapist. The girl is mentally ill. Truly she shouldn’t be walking around like ain’t nothing happening. She is highly contradictory poisonous and troubled. I hope she get deliverance but I fear for her future.

  12. Victory

    July 3, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    SDK says….Dbanj is Married…..

  13. semesee

    July 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    There is NO excuse to bleach your skin. Stop sugar coating the word by saying lightening, toning etc
    The health damages of skin bleaching is inevitable in the long run and these products are banned in developed countries!
    it causes cancer
    Cushings syndrome
    Thinning of the skin, this makes it difficult to stitch the skin during an operation
    visible blood vessels in the skin
    kidney, liver or nerve damage
    abnormalities in a newborn baby (if used during pregnancy)
    it causes glaucoma
    Premature ageing of the skinetc

  14. Bey

    July 3, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Her skin, her problem.
    In other news………… Dbanj apparently got married yesterday. Small do with 25 guest.
    Read on Stella’s blog yesterday.

  15. Felinda

    July 3, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Sorry who is she. I don’t know her

  16. Bodunade

    July 3, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    People talk, let them talk, they don’t believe half the sh%t they say. Noise making is simply attention seeking. So when a ‘Celeb’ or politician comes out to support a cause I always laugh because human beings are fickle.

    She’s mad because she’s not as successful as she should be (she’s the Mario balotelli of music : she isn’t as good as she thinks, but she’s talented)

    Most really successful female black entertainers are either light skinned or bleached their skin, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Ross, Etta James, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Minaj to name just a few.

    Light skinned women get more attention and are regarded as more beautiful. We don’t have to mince words about this.
    If bleaching her skin is going to make her feel more beautiful then make she carry go. Let’s cut her some slack.

    #AZEALIA BANKS public relations manager.

  17. fifi

    July 3, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Speak for yourself o. She is a reflection of YOU. The girl obviously has mental issues and I don’t know why people take her and kola boof seriously. She actually looks way prettier darker in my opinion.

    • fifi

      July 3, 2016 at 4:09 pm


    • hezekina pollutina

      July 4, 2016 at 4:05 am

      Of course I am speaking for myself. Not gonna argue, take the good points and keep it moving. 🙂

  18. nwa nna

    July 3, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Gosh.. Why are we as race so insecure about our complexion? Ol gurl sounds likes she’s got plenty of insecurities and may be taking a page out of lil Kim’s book of bleaching… Oh well, let her do her because she has herself to deal with…

  19. Cc

    July 3, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Do you and stop all the noise. Ps the last time I checked, wearing a weave doesn’t make you prone to cancer.

    • Tiana

      July 3, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      you are wrong.. not all bleaching technique cause cancer.. friends works in beauty business and most of the celebs take a pill which may even have health benefits..but I fear.. I can’t do it sha.. am suspecting a few but not sure…Rihanna.. Beyonce…Diana…ciara… nicking minaj.. only thing is azalea talks too much..they all seem to have that look now. It’s not even light skin it’s pale..

    • hezekina pollutina

      July 4, 2016 at 4:06 am

      we do not know yet the adverse effects of those pills, but sooner or later news will come out. dont mess with nature.

  20. Chi

    July 3, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    The difference is that getting a hair weave has little or no tendency to cause cancer or kidney failure, unlike the lightening cream that has a very high tendency to cause both. Reviews sense bae, stop being insecure.

  21. Chi

    July 3, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    The difference is that getting a hair weave has little or no tendency to cause cancer or kidney failure, unlike the lightening cream that has a very high tendency to cause both. Receive sense bae, stop being insecure.

  22. Las

    July 3, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    You can remove a wig/weave, you cannot ‘darken’ (no pun intended) the new colour. The difference is clear. 7UP.

  23. Mi

    July 3, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Changing a weave is temporary, makeup is temporary, u can choose to apply today and not tomorrow. But at the end of it all they improve or enhance your look. The question is why? Why do you do what you do? Is it done in moderation?

  24. Favour

    July 4, 2016 at 7:44 am

    This is why people shouldn’t talk too much. She has shot herself in the foot by always creating fights with people over racial issues and saying the life of a black woman is hard blah blah and now she does this. Na wa. She’s trying to justify herself by this video but there would be no need to had she just simmered down from yabbing people anyhow.

  25. So Sad My Dear

    July 4, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I have just finished reading tru all comments. Well is sad hearing many black people supporting this evil act “bleaching”, why must the black bleach to become as the white? Can the white turn their colour to black, with what cream? Any black person who bleach, I see them as devil incarnate becus he or she is against the creation of YAHWEH. So we must say no to bleaching and keep our race becus it is the most beautiful and loving colour “black”. I

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