A spicey new look - Artiste shocks fans with lighter image

October 23, 2018
Dancehall artiste Spice posted this light-skinned version of herself on Instagram recently. File


Yesterday, a totally transformed Spice returned to Instagram after she had deleted all the images and videos she had on the social media platform a couple of weeks ago.

Sporting long blonde hair complemented by a much lighter, unblemished skin colour, Spice, who is known for having a dark complexion, captioned the picture on Instagram page, saying: "Nothing wrong with a fresh start."

After she uploaded the picture, social media erupted into a frenzy, with several persons speculating whether the Back Bend deejay had bleached her skin or the image was photoshopped. Interestingly, when Spice performed in Canada on the weekend, she had a darker complexion.

Mere minutes after, Spice posted her new look on social media, the #spicechallenge #freshstart challenge was born, with several person who had toned their skin or were in the process of lightening their complexion posting before and after images on Instagram, with the caption: "Nothing wrong with a fresh start."

There were also dark-skinned persons who resorted to using photoshop or rubbing white substances like flour on their skin to achieve a 'whiter' look.

However, speaking on her Instagram live, the Queen of Stage said that the 'new' Spice is merely a response to 'black hypocrisy' as persons from her own race often criticise her for being 'black.'

Pointing out that she was just trying to please the persons who had discouraging comments about the way she looked, she said: "It is not racism because racism is when another race is downplaying another race. I don't think it is so much about that now, I think it is about colourism, where it is your own race that is downplaying their own race. It's always a next black person saying: 'She black eeh. Lawd, she black till she shine. Lawd, she black till she look dirty."

Having been driven to the point where she felt the need to change her complexion, Spice said that she is using her body as a guinea pig for females who have had similar experiences.




"Not everybody or every woman is bold enough to come out and say what I am saying, but it's the truth. But there are men out there that are guilty of it. Yuh have men that say that a browning dem a deal wid, while the other darker-skinned women feel left out and they feel inferior," Spice explained.

With the release of her mixtape Captured, she said that the lead single, Black Hypocrisy, will further explain her reason for lightening her complexion.

In the same breath, she said that she hopes her fans will prefer her this way.

"Dem can't bash mi bout skin bleaching cause dem haffi mek up dem mind. Yuh can't bash mi when mi bleach cause dem did say mi black," she said.

One person who is already bashing the image is Lil Duval, international stand-up comedian turned singer. He took time out from living his best life to comment on Spice's new look.

"Spice just shut down Halloween with the best costume of 2018. (Jamaicans hold this L)," he captioned a photo on Instagram in which he compared a dark-skinned Spice to the lighter version of the deejay.

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