Raven-Symone: “I used to tan 3 or 4 times a week, trying to be pretty”


On tanning to look pretty:

“When I had my own show, I used to tan 3 or 4 times a week. In a tanning bed. To get darker. I did. And it’s funny, one of the lighting guys came up, I love him to death. I love him, oh my goodness. He goes, ‘Raven, I need you to stop tanning. You’re getting too dark, and we have to re-light the whole entire show.’ I was like, ‘Sorry, I was just trying to be pretty.’”

… says Raven.

The star back in 2004:


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26 thoughts on “Raven-Symone: “I used to tan 3 or 4 times a week, trying to be pretty””

  1. Lighting designers have it rough.

    I was in an Oscar Wilde play and accidentally got sun over a weekend and they had to change out several gels over the lights.

    Enough about me. Didn’t she lose a lot of weight? You can’t really tell as much here.

  2. i remember watching that’s so raven religiously as a kid. she is pretty light skinned without makeup. she was noticeably darker in the later seasons. i buy it.

  3. I think it’s just so sad that society makes us ashamed for what nature gave us. We are all victims of this. Too dark, too light, too skinny, too fat, too much, too little. It’s such a shame that no one can really, truly see that as they’re growing up, how there’s no satisfaction in this, there’s no perfect, it’s all gonna get scrutinized. Breaks my heart, honestly.

    • Not nearly as likely seeing as light to medium brown black people can get 3-4 shades lighter or darker depending on how much sun they get. I’ve seen examples of black people who have had their skin lightened, they have an ashen look that neither raven nor Rihanna nor Beyoncé have.

      Why would people undergo a procedure that uses harsh chemicals to lighten their skin when simply staying out of the sun will have the same effect?

      I live in Southern California. I have a friend who was consistently a medium brown color (darker than raven and Rihanna in the previous post). She got a soccer scholarship to a school in Boston and when she came home for winter break she looked so pale I didn’t recognize her a first glance. That was only in a matter of months.

      Honestly, the difference between the photo you posted and the ones above are not at all extreme. I’ve seen white, Asian, Latina women with just as much if not more of a difference in their skin tone depending on time of year and no one accuses them of bleaching their skin. I understand that skin bleaching is common around the world but not among black American women. If anything we just avoid being in the sun if we don’t want to get darker.

      • I agree. I have a couple of black female friends, and lo & behold, there skin gets lighter or darker with the seasons, sun exposure, lighting & makeup, just like everyone else.
        It seems like some people are so quick to accuse black women of lightening their skin. Hmm… I wonder why?

  4. I don’t mean skin color wise but she did look prettier years ago. Maybe it’s the hair? I’m not sure but it’s not a good look

  5. She did lose a lot of weight. I got the impression it was not an easy task for her. she looks like shes put some of it back on, but it could just be poor styling with this outfit. Or perhaps she yo yos. I always thought she was beautiful both at her larger weight and smaller. I do prefer her face when it’s a little fuller than this though, it ‘lifts’ it a little more. Lovely lady though, and she seems really nice.

  6. This outfit is super fun but it does nothing for her curvaceousness, the cut through the hips is especially unflattering. I’m quite hippy myself and I love the harem style pant/jumpsuit but it’s just one of those things that looks better on narrower ladies.

    I think her skin looks beautiful in both pictures. If she really was tanning all the time and stopped then good for her- it is so incredibly damaging to your skin. I’m super fair (read:white as a sheet) and I’m really careful with the sun because my mom has had tons of skin cancer removed. I have friends who are various ethnicities who tell me it’s “fine” for them to tan because they are darker or they don’t burn. The reality is, ANY person of ANY skin color can get skin cancer. Yes, it’s more likely for certain groups (Irish, English, etc) but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible for those with darker skin to get it…. all right, I’ll get off my soap box now haha. I’m just so passionate about it because I have watched my mom suffer through each new diagnosis.

  7. At first I thought Versus had posted a picture of Nicole Richie by error. Talk of a lookalike….
    Other than that, no idea who she is. And her style is atrocious.

  8. Yep. I’ve got a friend who was very dark (came from a tropical island) and since he moved to Britain 1 year and a half ago, he says his skin is less dark.

  9. and then she gave up and put on that hideous outfit. that hair makes her look like the cartoon version of egon from the ghostbusters

  10. all she does is talk about her skin color, im not black im mixed im not mixed im this im a lesbian, im not a black lesbian, i gotanning blah blah yak yak race race race…..who knew olivia husxtable grow up and look and act so annoying.
    and honestly maybe its the interviews she gets. Or, the questions she gets, but I loved her on cosby like L O V E D her then she grew up and i just wanna punch her in the face!

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