The first time Emily Vernem felt like she didn’t really like her skin she was just three years old.
She was in the playground and a group of kids walked up and asked her where she was from.
“I said Australia because I was born here, and they told me I was lying,” Emily told The Quicky.
“They told me I couldn’t be, because I was brown,” she said.
Listen to Emily on The Quicky’s chat about ‘blackfishing.’ Post continues after podcast.
The now 23-year-old Mamamia social media assistant is one of the most confident, witty, and wickedly funny people you’ll have the pleasure to meet.
She loves the skin she’s in.
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In fact, it wasn’t until she read an SBS article by Aussie model Nadine Silva who spoke about the impact the trend of ‘blackfishing’ has on people of colour – did it take her back to her childhood and the hatred she felt towards her Indian heritage.
Nadine’s article finally put into words something Emily had been struggling to – that feeling she had growing up of internal racial hatred.
The term ‘blackfishing’ describes a social media phenomenon where caucasian women use excessive amounts of fake tan, make-up and filters to appear black online.