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Ad Claims 'You Just Need to Be White to Win'

Company says it was to promote self-improvement, not racism

(Newser) - A beauty company in Thailand has apologized over an ad that informed viewers: "You just need to be white to win." The ad for Seoul Secret's skin-whitening pills, called Snowz, features actress Cris Horwang. In a voiceover, the 35-year-old star explains how she uses the product to... More »

Ivory Coast Bars Skin Whiteners

Creams may cause cancer, diabetes: health ministry

(Newser) - Ivory Coast's health ministry has "forbidden" skin-whitening creams popular across West Africa over concerns that they may cause diabetes, skin cancer, and hypertension. The ban applies to all "cosmetic lightening and hygiene creams ... that de-pigment the skin," most of which contain mercury, cortisone, vitamin A, or... More »

Vaseline Offers Facebook App to Whiten Skin in Photos

It's pushing creams for men in India

(Newser) - Our PhotoShopped world: A new Facebook app offered by Vaseline in India lets people whiten their skin in their photos to see how they'd look in a lighter shade. The company is pushing a line of skin whitening creams for men and using Bollywood actor Shahid Kapur as pitchman, reports... More »

Cops Found Skin Whiteners, Propofol at Jackson House

Unsealed search warrants reveal stash of drugs

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's house contained large quantities of general anesthetic and dozens of tubes of skin-whitening cream, unsealed search warrants show. Cops found eleven containers of propofol—some enough to serve as general anesthetic for several hours—in a closet where Dr. Conrad Murray told them he had stashed them in... More »

Blame Sosa's New Look on 'Cleansing': Pal

Despite lightened skin, 'he's not trying to be Michael Jackson'

(Newser) - Retired slugger Sammy Sosa comes off as a bit vain, but he isn't bleaching his skin or "trying to be Michael Jackson," a friend says of the photos that took the sports blogosphere by storm last week. "He can't believe it is such a big deal."... More »

Indian Politician Decries 'Racist' Skin Cream Ads

Lawmaker says whiteners send wrong message to Asians

(Newser) - An Indian lawmaker has lodged formal complaints against several advertisements for skin whitening cream, which she calls “completely racist and highly objectionable.” In one ad, for example, one man tells another that he’s unlucky “because of the color of your face” and hands him a tube... More »

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