Hip-Hop Rumors: Did India Airie Bleach Her Skin?

I almost did this as a “Sign The World Is Coming To An End!”

I saw it buzzing that India Arie had possibly bleached her skin and the notion was so silly that I dismissed it without even clicking the link. Then, I got an image emailed to me and I had to get to googling.

Before a verdict is rendered, you have to first of all peep the pics!

Here is the Ms. Irie we are used to seeing:

But on, her new single, she looks like this:

People have said she lightened her skin, but here is what she said, dismissing the idea.

Love to all #SoulBirdsWorldWide are you ready for this #SongVersation ?
Personally speaking! I’m happy to say I have NOT BLEACHED my skin LOL! ROTF at the thought.
1. I wouldn’t endanger my health that way
2. i’m so in love with myself I have no DESIRE to BLEACH myself. Lol
3. The GLOW you see IS (magnificent) lighting
4. THE LIGHT you see, Well thats all ME!!
Politically speaking racism/colorism in the black community is a MUUUUUUUCH larger #SongVersation #skinversaton
THAT I’d LOVE to “shed light on”..that conversation IS REAL, …let’s keep talking. #SongVersation #soulbirdsworldwide
Big love to ALL #soulbirdsworldwide

Do you believe India? My heart tells me she’d never try this, but my eyes say she tried.

Here is the new song, if this is a stunt…I’ll play the game.

They keep us talking, but if we stop talking about them then they should worry! -illseed.

Illseed, Out.


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  • Communist Russia.

    SMH U are Reaching……. HARD.

    • illseed

      I’m reaching? LOL – no, this is actually something she addressed based on the public outcry. put your fat fingers on google and see.

      • brotha_man

        Illseed: Am I the meanest?
        Gang: Sho’Nuff!
        Illseed: Am I the prettiest?
        Gang: Sho’Nuff!
        IIlseed: Am I the baddest mo-fo, low-down, around this town?
        Gang: Sho’Nuff!
        IIlseed: Well, who am I?
        Gang: Sho’Nuff!
        IIlseed: Who am I?
        Gang: Sho’Nuff!
        IIlseed: I can’t hear you!
        Gang: Sho’Nuff!
        IIlseed: The Shogun of Harlem!

      • Negro Peligro

        No troll but I swear you sold your account to sidney lace.

      • Negro Peligro

        I mean seriously ht tp:// /serve /252/ 24945649.jpg Did she bleach.

      • Negro Peligro

        You can make up for it by doing a sexy india arie roll. GRRRR.

    • Celz

      Out of all the Illseed reaches this isn’t one.. If she addresses it herself…. nvm smh

  • Jared

    Looks like good lighting to me. How can you not see that? Why would she of all people do that? How could that possibly help her career? Big Reach.

    • Negro Peligro

      go look at her videos shes not as dark as the dark pictures,

  • Michael Thompson II

    Love this song. But nah, that’s her real skin tone. People have nothing better to do.

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  • Reblogged this on INNA CIRCLE BLOG and commented:
    Hmmm…. So they say that India.Arie….. I love her… so when I first saw this blog on and I thought it was bull and I was like I ain’t reading this shit… until my husband says “you want to re-blog this?” I was like nahhhh… then I said let me read it first… I was shocked at the pic of her for her new single. But once I read her Twitter comment about it, I felt a little better but there is a slight tug in my gut telling me in the words of Tamar Braxton— “SHE TRIED IT!!!” I still love you India and you are right sistah, colorism in the black community is a conversation that needs to be had…. I wish I could have that conversation with you. Hmmmmm… maybe I should try to interview her about this subject. We shall see! Check out India’s new single, coming soon!!!!

  • Maybe she didn’t bleach her skin…. but she, or someone affiliated with her, did go through a little extra trouble to make her appear lighter

  • Lord Saltsworth McGinty III

    Lighting does not make dark skin lighter. Dark skin absorbs light. The photo was probably photoshopped.

  • Swaggout

    illcoon strikes again… and that train is NEVER LATE!!!

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  • Shalove2

    Of course lighting and makeup can make skin color appear lighter or darker for that matter. If you notice the alleged before pictures are shot with directional lighting to give a dramatic shadow affect from one side where the after picture has direct lighting with hardly any shadowing at all.

  • ONE

    Its the lighting

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  • water_ur_seeds

    hope its just photoshop…

  • Song is actually dope…..but will have to see another pic of her, a regular pic to judge the bleaching issue.

    Either way, she is pretty!

  • David Aaronson

    So why the hell would anyone care if she bleached her skin? i mean..even if she did, it’s her personal business.

  • Apollo Showtime

    I’m a #Black card holder myself and I can say it’s simply lighting. There are pictures of me where all you see is my eyes and teeth and others where I look as light as she does on the cover and it’s ALWAYS the lighting…Granted there may be some photoshopping going on, but no she did not touch her skin in any negative way to look lighter. #TeamBlackAssMuhfukkas

  • She digitally enhanced her skin tone to spark a conversation about how we are tearing each other down with this light vs. dark nonsense; which is all apart of the slave legacy that we continue to perpetuate.

  • Weedras

    ever heard of the use of Lighting when doing photoshoots it works wonders also.. smh

  • brotha_man

    not indie airie!! are there any black and proud sistas left?

    Skin was cinnamon; I pound it harder
    How come the only girls that are thought of
    Are the light ones?
    Well tonight then, we gon’ do it, do it, do it for the dark ones

  • Stanley Straughter

    Exactly, lighting and graphic editing… Normal for this business.

  • OG_Lil_Pretty_Thug

    She did a nose job.

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  • Q.

    So controversy is the only way positive Black female artists can get shine now?

  • DollasTX

    “BROWNSKIN … you know i love your BROWNSKIN”

  • DTD

    photo shop!