Suhana Khan shared this image. (courtesy suhanakhan2)
- Suhana Khan shared screenshot of trolls on Instagram
- "This is one of the issues we need to fix," wrote Suhana Khan
- "I've been told I'm ugly because of my skin tone," she added
Suhana Khan, daughter of Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan, shared screenshots of several offensive comments about her appearance she's received in a strongly-worded post in which she called for ending colourism. Suhana, 20, revealed in her post that she has been disparaged for the way she looks ever since she was 12. As the screenshots show, the distasteful comments dismiss her as too dark to be considered beautiful. "She's really ugly as well as dark," reads one; in another, Suhana is called a "kaali chudail" or black witch, and "kaali billi" or black cat in a third.
The comments are from "full grown men and women" - all of them Indian, as Suhana points out, which means they share the same skin tone.
"There's a lot going on right now and this is one of the issues we need to fix!! this isn't just about me, it's about every young girl/boy who has grown up feeling inferior for absolutely no reason. Here are just a few of the comments made about my appearance. I've been told I'm ugly because of my skin tone, by full grown men and women, since I was 12 years old. Other than the fact that these are actual adults, what's sad is that we are all Indian, which automatically makes us brown - yes we come in different shades but no matter how much you try to distance yourself from the melanin, you just can't. Hating on your own people just means that you are painfully insecure. I'm sorry if social media, Indian matchmaking or even your own families have convinced you, that if you're not 5"7 and fair you're not beautiful. I hope it helps to know that I'm 5"3 and brown and I am extremely happy about it and you should be too."
Read the note Suhana Khan posted with the screenshots:
Suhana Khan has inherited her love for acting from her father Shah Rukh Khan. She studied film at England's Ardingly College and is currently a student at the New York University. Suhana also featured in a short film titled The Grey Part Of Blue, directed by Theodore Gimeno.