Not fair, says Freida Pinto

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Freida Pinto has hit out at the Indian obsession with fairness creams and white skin, adding that she finds ads for such products very cheesy. In an interview to a newspaper in the UK, Freida said, “It’s just this thing that people (in India) are so fascinated by white skin. There are a lot of people there who are naturally really pale. But the whole idea that you have is to be fair – without naming actors, but there are actors who admit it – the fairer you are, the easier it is.” The ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ star, who had in the past even auditioned for fairness creams ads, said that she was against them. Looking back on the experience, she said, “There were some very silly, stupid auditions that I had to go for. Like, there’s this girl who walks into college and nobody’s paying any attention to her because she is not using this particular cream – some kind of moisturiser or fairness cream, which I’m completely against. Then she’d put on the cream and all the boys would turn to her. And, I was like, ‘Arrgh, this is so b%#[email protected]* cheesy!’” Freida, whose new movie ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ just released, said that she was glad that she’d been accepted in Hollywood the way she was.