The Second-runner up in Miss AfriCanada 2011, Linda Osifo, has disclosed that she was subjected to all manners of discrimination over her skin complexion while growing up in Canada.
Aside from being black, the model said that she was also constantly discriminated against for being dark-skinned.
The Nollywood actress made the statement during an exclusive interview on TVC.
The 29-year-old narrated that when she could not take it anymore, she considered bleaching her skin.
The beauty queen explained that her perception changed the moment she relocated to Nigeria and discovered that there were order dark-skinned people like her rocking their complexion with pride.
”Well, it’s been almost eight years coming and I think time is what helps. You know, time is what creates experience, though it wasn’t easy at first and of course I wanted to go back, but thanks to patience and consistency. Moving from a country with stability and electricity wasn’t easy at all, but in 2015 I said to myself, “Be yourself, it will help you” and that’s what makes you stand out when you are yourself because there is no one else who is like you.
”You see, with this topic that you mentioned it’s so controversial and I absolutely love it. I’ve been through a rollercoaster with it. When I first started, of course living in Canada the system is quite different, I felt the racial effect. I felt it so drastically because I wasn’t just black, I was darker completion of that black and I had a lot of stigmas.”
“I was discriminated as a young girl, I had tried to bleach at one time. I tried to use a lighter cream but when I came to Nigeria, I started seeing more people like myself, more people who looked like me, who are just like me and I started appreciating myself, in fact, I’ve been looking for a way to get darker because I want to be that typical African woman.”
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