Pearl Thusi’s complexion loses her a gig: ‘I wasn't black enough'

Pearl Thusi’s complexion loses her a gig: ‘I wasn't black enough'

- Speaking at The Next 100 Summit, Pearl spoke about how she has been discriminated for having a light complexion.

- She has even lost acting roles for not being 'black enough'.

- Pearl stated that it has been her own people who have made her feel like she is not accepted.

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Working in the entertainment industry brings certain problems. Pearl Thusi is a South African actress, model, television host and radio personality and has suffered discrimination due to her skin colour.

She has performed in a couple of international productions and is now speaking out about been discriminated against, reported ZAlebs. learnt that the subject was addressed by Pearl when she was speaking at The Next 100 Summit. The event was held by OkayAfrica and Global Citizen.

Pearl brought attention to the fact that her career has been affected due to colourism.

Pearl was offered a small role in Long Walk to Freedom, but because of her complexion, she was told she was not black enough for the role.

Then two weeks before shooting was to commence, she was then told she was not dark enough for a different role.

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The bottom line is that she just was not black enough. She said that comments like really hurt. She never felt like she was ever accepted as a black woman.

The MTV Base presenter has come out making a plea to other black women to come together irrespective of their shade of complexion. If they join hands it will enable them to move forward a lot quicker and with a lot more power.

Pearl also added that she has never felt as if she has been held back by her colour, especially where Caucasian people are concerned. She feels that her own people, have been the ones to bring her down and criticise her the most.

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The problem is, they want to succeed individually, not as a collective. We need to practice Ubuntu and realise that we are stronger together. The colour of ones skin does not define them.

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