SOCIALITE Pokello Nare has rubbished claims that she is a bleaching queen, the Daily News reports.
To convince her critics that she was born a “yellow-bone” the former Big Brother Africa housemate pulled her old photos from the archives and posted them on social media.
“Now I have learnt that when I remain quiet it gives you the impression that it is okay to lie about me. This bleaching agenda you try and push when it comes to my skin colour will stop.
“It is very shallow to think every light skinned woman bleached,” she said before posting a number of photos on twitter.
Most ladies in the country, mainly in urban areas, have a tendency of lightening their skin to look “more beautiful.”
Most of the skin-lightening creams, pills, soap, jerry, injection and gels among others are smuggled into the country from neighbouring countries such as Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) among others.
While the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (Mcaz) does not control non-medicated cosmetic products on the market, the medicines body encouraged the public to use caution when buying cosmetics.
“Members of the public are advised to use discretion when choosing cosmetics. We are aware that there are some products which are marketed as skin-lightening creams which may contain controlled substances such as hydroquinone, corticosteroids or tretinoids.
“Medicated creams are regulated as medicines and should be acquired from licensed premises under the advice of qualified professionals. The public is encouraged to desist from acquiring medicines from unlicensed sources,” reads part of the statement from the Mcaz.
Substances such as hydroquinone are suspected to be harmful.