Janelle Monae

We can add eccentric singer Janelle Monae's name to the growing list of self-hating black artists who bleach their skin to fit the industry standard of beauty. The 28-year-old Kansas City native Instagram'd this image of herself posing with a soccer ball bearing a Pepsi logo. The photo caused an uproar among Janelle's rabid so-called "Fandroids" because her skin tone appears 10 shades lighter.

One of her followers wrote: "Stay black baby don't turn fake on me like these other bitches."

Thanks to loyal reader R. Williams for the tip.

Necole Bitchie

Last night a friend sent this photo of blogger Necole Bitchie with the caption "She is getting bleach happy."

Because the friend didn't identify the females in the photo, I had no idea the female on the left was Necole.

The last time we explored the issue of Necole's low self-esteem was in this post dated January 2009. As you can see, Necole's bleaching has gotten progressively worse. She is lighter than the LSLH chick pictured on the right.

How sad it must be to feel like a stranger in your own skin?

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