This followed a period in which both the media and public went into a frenzy discussing whether or not the current Miss Zimbabwe — given her dark complexion — was beautiful enough to represent the country. Now, I will not go into that discussion. Countless newspapers have already done this, ad nauseam. Suddenly, it was no longer sufficient to call light-skinned women just that: light-skinned. I walked past a vehicle in which sat three men who clearly had nothing better to do. One of them called out something inaudible to me and I kept walking. A lot of men feel entitled to yell all kinds of things at women going about their business on the street.
They are usually of mixed race. Their skin tends to have a yellow-tan or yellowish-white look to it. Many mixed, multi-racial and bi-racial females are often called yellow-bones in black communities, due to the fitting description. It seems African women without strands of bi-racial DNA also want to look like yellow-bones. An obsession with being light-skinned is gaining momentum in black communities. Theriso Ookame, is a year-old man who admits he prefers yellow-bones but discourages the use of creams and bleaches, to attain this shade. I can however tell the difference between a real yellow-bone and a manufactured one. Whatever happened to embracing yourself as you are? Those products damage the skin.
Some irritated Senegalese have called for a ban on such adverts. Black is still beautiful despite the obsession with light complexions and straight hair, writes Maria McCloy. Talk about a step back in time. You would be forgiven for thinking it was still the height of apartheid and the Krok brothers were still making millions selling skin-lightening creams, when "Ooh, o gainile complexion" Ooh, you got lighter. You look so good, girl was the highest compliment imaginable. Until you ended up with dichubaba, unsightly marks resulting from skin burns created by the now banned substance hydroquinone, and then needed to buy another product to cover up the evidence of trying to step up in a world where "lighter is better". When I walk round my neighbourhood - the colourful Johannesburg place that is Pan-African Yeoville - I see plenty of people hawking skin lighteners. I told one once they were bad for people's skin and he should not stock them. A quick stroll through social media, women's magazines and music videos indicates how people have not moved very far since white supremacy officially ended nearly 20 years ago. You would never think that in the late s and early s South Africa had a thriving black consciousness-flavoured version of street culture that was all about pride in African beauty.
Top definition. Yellow Bone. A Yellow Bone is the lightest type of light skinned black female. They can often be very rare to see in comparison to other blacks because there are not as many of them in the general black population. They are usually mixed with white, something similar, of multiple races including black, or may just have another race mixed into their family tree which causes them to be very very light. Their skin usually has a yellow-tan, yellowish-red, or yellowish almost caucasion- white look to it. They usaually have hair texture ranging from the typical black female hair texture to natural tight curls, loose curles, wavey , or even caucasion-white looking hair textures. They are can many times have lighter hair and eyes. Many mixed, multiracial, and bi-racial females are often called Yellow Boned in the black community due to them fitting this discription. Many times a light skinned black can be considered to be both Yellow Boned and Red Boned if she is light enough to be Yellow Boned but still can fall into a tan or redish complextion catagory.