Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Cameroonian Born Irene Major whips off her WIG while defending her decision to lighten her skin on Britain's 'This Morning' - which she says is no different to wearing 'fake hair'

Irene suddenly whipped off her wig to prove a point that skin lightening was no different to wearing fake hair
A reality star and mother-of-six whipped off her wig during a heated debate on This Morning about the controversial practice of skin lightening.

British-Cameroonian Irene Major, 38, who says she has used skin-bleaching products for years, appeared on the ITV daytime show in the wake of remarks made by Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles, who raised eyebrows when he said his superstar daughter would not be as famous if she had darker skin. 
The singer and model before she began lightening her skinDuring an appearance on This Morning 2014 where she revealed she spends up to £2,000 a year on products to change the colour of her complexion
Left, the singer and model before she began lightening her skin. Right, during an appearance on This Morning 2014 where she revealed she spends up to £2,000 a year on products to change the colour of her complexion


When Irene, who has appeared on the Channel 5 show Billionaire Babies, was challenged by fellow guest AJ Odudu over her reasons for wanting lighter skin, she snapped that she shouldn't have to listen to someone with 'fake hair' telling her how she should look - before suddenly removing her own.    
Irene, who is married to oil and gas tycoon Sam Malin, waved the wig around during the debate

The move, which drew gasps in the studio, also caused a flurry of reaction on social media, with some accusing her of being defensive, and pointing out that AJ was merely saying black women should not feel the way they look makes them 'commercially unacceptable'. 

The TV debate came after the controversial comments made by Beyonce Knowles' father, who claimed that his daughters - he is also father to singer Solange - wouldn't be as famous if they had darker skin.
Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles says she wouldn't be as famous if she had darker skin; the two are seen together at the Grammys in 2005
Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles says she wouldn't be as famous if she had darker skin; the two are seen together at the Grammys in 2005





He spoke out about colourism in the music industry, saying that the most successful black females had lighter skin, citing Nicki Minaj and Rihanna as examples. 
Discussing the issue of colourism within the black community, television presenter AJ said that, for some, darker people 'are less beautiful, and the lighter you are you're more beautiful'.

AJ said she wants beauty standards to change and for black women to feel proud of their heritage, not under pressure to conform, and suggested that for some the issue 'lies within'.
Television presenter AJ Odudu argued that black women should be proud of their heritage and not feel they have to conform to beauty standards
Television presenter AJ Odudu argued that black women should be proud of their heritage and not feel they have to conform to beauty standards



But Irene, who is married to oil and gas tycoon Sam Malin snapped: '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.
'You're Nigerian right,' she asked AJ who nodded yes, before Irene then snatched her own blonde wig off.
'Take your wig off, let's show them Africa!'

AJ defended her decision to wear a wig, pointing out that if she straightened her natural Afro hair, it would look the same.

She added: 'If you were to go to Africa for a month, it is within the realms of possibility to have dark skin. If we were to move to the North Pole tomorrow it is not in the realms of possibility to get lighter. That is my problem.'
Irene - who has appeared on several Channel 5 reality series - is married to oil and gas tycoon Sam Malin, pictured
Irene - who has appeared on several Channel 5 reality series - is married to oil and gas tycoon Sam Malin, pictured
Presenter Holly Willoughby said that people should all be accepting of one another, regardless of skin colour. 

But Irene, who has revealed she spends up to £2,000 a year on products to change the colour of her complexion, bit back as the discussion began to heat up - prompting Holly's co-host Phillip Schofield to label her 'defensive'.

AJ 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'.   

AJ then shared her worried over Mathew Knowles' comments: 'It is an observation that [Mathew] has detected.
'What is damaging is that it is dismissive of dark skinned people who want to have a go - it suggests that they have no chance, but they do.' 

Credits: Dail Mail UK





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