Before Rebecca Judd was a TV presenter, blogger, and speech pathologist, she was a model.
While working in Asia for three years, Judd learnt how culturally bound our beauty ideals are, and had quite an eye-opening experience trying to fit a very different mould to what she was used to in Australia.
“I did Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, and South Korea for about three years when I was 18, 19 and 20,” she told Mamamia in a Facebook Live interview.
“Their skincare was all about lightening and brightening… When I was booked for work, I needed to have white skin.”
The now 33-year-old, whose skin is naturally olive-toned, said she even had to sign a clause in her contract stating she “wasn’t allowed to go out in the sun” to ensure her skin didn’t tan.
“I had to look ‘Asian’ to sell Asian products, so I had black hair and the whitest skin. That was really interesting; their beauty is a lot different to ours, and their ‘idea’ of beauty,” Judd said. (Post continues after gallery.)