India.Arie is disputing a rumor that she is lightening her skin. The R&B singer is known for singing about being authentic and celebrating one’s true self.
However, some of her own fans have accused the singer of lightening her skin when a publicity photo for her song “Cocoa Butter” released this week.
Fans say it made it look as though she was several shades lighter than her normal dark brown complexion.
But India.Arie took to Twitter on Friday to deny the accusations, saying she has no desire to bleach her skin because she loves herself and her brown skin “more than ever.” She also said that “magnificent lighting” is the cause for her “glow.”
She added that she’d like to keep the conversation going, though, on the issue of racism in the black community.
In August, Arie was featured in Yoga Journal, claiming that yoga gave her voice back.
Arie was also featured in a recent campaign called “30 Songs/30 Days” to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book.