Dr Opral Benson, a famous beautician and Liberia’s Honourary Consul to Nigeria, has advised women to dress decently and maintain their natural complexions instead of bleaching or whitening their skins.
Benson gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday.
She blame the men folk, whose admiration, she said, encouraged the women to alter their skin tone.
The octogenarian, who also owns the Opral Benson Beauty Training Institute, Lagos, urged the men to complain and tell the women to stop bleaching because women were only doing it to please them.
“Why don’t you say something about it?
“I think, you should complain and say you don’t want to see their flesh and once they know that you don’t want to see their flesh, they might not show their flesh you never know.
“But I think, as I said, they are following international standards, you haven’t complained enough because if you do, the women want to do what they think you will like them to do.
“And they are showing their flesh because they think you will like to see it, but if you don’t, please just say so and I’m sure, they are gonna stop because they want to please you.
“I think that they should stop showing their flesh because that’s not really the answer to any question.
“I don’t approve of skin whitening because we have white people and we have black people.
“So, those of us who are black should continue to be black and those who are in-between, it must be for a reason you are in-between; maybe your parents were in-between or whatever.
“But I don’t agree with whitening your skin, I have a beauty school and we do not insist or agree or teach that people should do whitening of their skin.
“I mean, why, what for? A white person I don’t think is any different from a non-white person.’’
NAN reports that Benson, who was married to the late elder statesman, T.O.S Benson for 46 years, was bestowed with the title of the Yeye Oge of Lagos by late Oba Adeyinka Oyekan in 1973.