Kenya and the world at large has become more welcoming for people with different lifestyles from what was the default for many years, the straight heteronormative lifestyle.
One person who has gained from these freedoms is Robettah Prince a daring Instagram model who is unabashedly gay and proud of it.
Not only that, but he also crossdresses unapologetically! Robetta recently revealed that his round bum and his lighter skin had cost him a lot of mullah!
Robettah confesses that his wonderful body came at a price that would cover the cost of a Mercedes E 350, which at conservative estimates can cost 1 million shillings minimum!
He explained on his Instagram page;
I did a lot of research, this process has taken more than eight months to achieve this look. Especially skin lightening, we had to come up with a formula to stop melanin production.
Initially, the out and about man had a chocolate shade of skin but now his skin tone looks caramel.
Why do people lighten/bleach their skin despite the many risks associated with it?
Some say it comes from the days of slavery when darker-skinned slaves were made to work out in the field in the hot sun while the lighter-skinned slaves were ‘allowed’ to work inside the house, and therefore closer to the master of the plantation.
Some say it’s the perception of beauty that’s been projected by western culture. In the media, we’re constantly bombarded by images of what it means to be ‘beautiful’ – Caucasian to be exact.
With that comes the subconscious ideology that the lighter in complexion you are, the more beautiful you are. The issue of colourism has also infiltrated wider society.
A study by the University of Georgia in the US showed that when it came to job prospects, lighter-skinned applicants tended to be preferred over darker-skinned ones.
Clearly, the people bleaching their skins see that the benefits outweigh any risks they might encounter.