Ireti Doyle Reveals How Her Skin Color Affected Her First TV Commercial

Ireti Doyle Reveals How Her Skin Color Affected Her First TV Commercial

Nollywood actress, Ireti Doyle has opened up about her experience filming her first tv commercial.

On her Instagram page, Ireti spoke about how she was disregarded because of the color of her skin, but she appreciates the fact that dark skinned women are now being appreciated as ‘Menalin’.

She wrote,

“I shot my 1st tv commercial over two decades ago. It was a major deal for an upcoming actor; for the visibility and the paycheck. I nearly lost that gig for being the wrong skin color.  I didn’t match the client rep’s “ideal”. Thankfully, the director, Mr. Wale Fanu wasn’t a pushover. He told the chap to let him do his thing or take him off the project.
Fast forward 20yrs, “Melanin Poppin” has become a # and the dark-skinned girl is having her day in the sun.
It might take a little while longer, but eventually, it will be clear that “loud and obnoxious” is not quite the same as “bold and audacious”…And that being polite, soft-spoken and demure, is not “fake”; neither is it a “weakness”. 📷@kelechiamadiobi (AMVCA 2016)”

View her post below.

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