• Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Nadiya Hussain: I won’t let my skin be lightened for photoshoots now

Nadiya Hussain (Photo: Jeff Spicer/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

By: Asjad Nazir

CELEBRITY baker Nadiya Hussain has revealed that her skin was intentionally lightened for photoshoots but she could not prevent it because of the “fear of rocking the boat”.

The winner of the 2015 edition of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off show suggested she would not allow make-up artists to treat her skin that way now.

“Early on, I’ve had magazine shoots and felt my skin was lighter (later), I’ve also had instances where I’ve sat in a make-up artist’s chair and they have visibly made my skin lighter,” the second-generation British Bangladeshi immigrant told the Mirror.

“Early on, I remember hearing a lot of tutting, like ‘oh, I can’t get the right shade’ and then my skin being lighter in the pictures,” said the author and TV presenter who featured in Debrett’s list of the 500 Most Influential People in the UK.

Hussain, 37, said, “If somebody did that to me now, I would say, ‘Absolutely no way. That’s not ok.’ But back then I was scared to rock the boat. It would never happen with my make-up artist, who really knows my skin.”

The IT Cosmetics brand ambassador did not get into makeup until her late 20s “because I couldn’t ever find the right shade of foundation”.

“That might seem really small for lots of people but for those of us who cannot find a foundation colour, you feel really excluded. You feel like there’s an entire beauty industry that isn’t thinking about you, and that you almost don’t exist,” Hussain said.

The chef is the host of the TV cookery series Nadiya’s British Food Adventure and Nadiya’s Family Favourites.

Hussain, whose father was a chef himself and owned an Indian restaurant, learnt basic cooking skills at school. The writer of Nadiya’s Kitchen – a collection of the recipes – she presented her own cooking programmes. She is also a columnist.

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