I Like My Skin The Way God Made It—Actress Accused Of Bleaching, Thelma O’khaz Speaks
Some months ago, the blogosphere was boiling with the news reports that Nollywood actress-cum-singer, Thelma O'Khaz bleached her skin. This rumour came after her supposedly 'before and after' picture hit the internet, which showed a sharp contrast of her skin colour.
She was lambasted for that and many thought she may have used a bleaching skin to change her skin colour from chocolate to 'white'.
In a chat with Nollywoodgists.com, Thelma explained to us that she never bleached her skin as many had insinuated. She stressed that she is “Naturally a light skinned person and I enjoy my body the way God had created me,” adding that, “I didn't bleach [my skin] and I have no apology for that.”
Explaining what happened in the said viral picture, Thelma said that, “I take a lot of pictures and play with skin tone on my pictures. A producer got in touch with me in December (2013) and asked me to take pictures and brighten them up for a poster of a film, which I did and gave him a copy.
“I then displayed the others on Facebook and Twitter, and the next thing I got was some jobless bloggers saying rubbish about me bleaching. Well, they can continue because I will not stop taking pictures with different colour tones as it is what I like. Who knows, I may decide to make it pink or green.”
Continuing, Thelma pointed out that, “first, I was just laughing but when I found out that over 40 blogs carried it, I was just shocked and got upset. I am human. That was when I went to Twitter to say 'my nose doesn't fit my new white skin, haters should send Dr. 90210's number, 'money no be problem.'”
Speaking further on the controversial picture, Thelma told Nollywoodgists.com that “[I took the] dark one at Debin Studio in Aguda (Surulere, Lagos)and I told them to make it brown like a chocolate colour.”
When asked if she would still do the same stunt, Thelma answered, “I will still do it when I feel like. These pictures are studio photographs and we play a lot with skin tones and I will still do more.”