I was truly astounded last week whilst watching British daytime show This Morning.
During a heated debate on skin bleaching a mother-of-six whipped off her wig on live tv!
Irene Majors appeared on the programme in wake of the remarks made by Beyonce’s father Mathew Knowles.
He recently suggested his superstar daughter would not be as famous if she had darker skin.
British-Cameroonian Irene Major, 38, admits she has used skin lightening products for years.
Irene challenged fellow guest AJ Odudu over her reasons for opposing such creams.
She even suggested that she may have a few lightening creams in her own cupboard that are marketed as ‘brightening creams.’
However AJ dismissed this notion.
AJ spoke eloquently about how black women should not feel they need to change their looks to become ‘commercially acceptable’.
The comment made Irene snap and caused her to lose her wig! She pointedly told AJ she shouldn’t have to listen to someone with ‘fake hair.’
She demanded that she remove her weave – before suddenly removing her own.
The move drew gasps in the studio (and me at home!) and also caused a wave on social media.
Discussing the issue of colourism within the black community, television presenter AJ said:
‘For some, darker people ‘are less beautiful, and the lighter you are you’re more beautiful’.
AJ told presenters Phillip Scofield and Holly Willoughby beauty standards need to change for black women.
The 29-year-old implored women of color not to conform and feel proud of their heritage.
But Irene, who is married to oil and gas tycoon Sam Malin retorted back: ‘For me it’s personal, we are standing here celebrating 100 years of the women getting the right to vote.’
‘I am not going to… listen to someone with fake hair on telling me exactly how I should look.’
‘You’re Nigerian right,’ she asked AJ who nodded yes.
Irene then snatched her own blonde wig off.
‘Take your wig off, let’s show them Africa!’ she told AJ.
AJ defended her decision to wear a wig, pointing out that if she straightened her natural Afro hair, it would look the same.
She added: ‘If you were to go to Africa for a month, it is within the realms of possibility to have dark skin.’
‘If we were to move to the North Pole tomorrow it is not in the realms of possibility to get lighter. That is my problem.’
Presenter Holly Willoughby said that people should all be accepting of one another, regardless of skin color.
But Irene, who has revealed she spends up to £2,000 a year on products to change the color of her complexion hit back.
It prompted Holly’s co-host Phillip Schofield to label her ‘defensive’.
AJ then shared her thoughts over Mathew Knowles’ comments: ‘It is an observation that [Mathew] has detected.’
‘What is damaging is that it is dismissive of dark skinned people who want to have a go – it suggests that they have no chance, but they do.’