She has talked about her skin-bleaching procedures previously however now Sorisha Naidoo (40) is opening up for the first time about the demons that drove her and how it made her bleach her skin.
In 2002 she was one of the top finalists in Miss India Worldwide, after she won Miss India South Africa.But her win was completely criticised. A few people in the Indian community disliked a dark skinned young lady winning the beauty pageant, she explained.
“I have never shared this, but those comments really hurt me and damaged my self-esteem. I knew I was worthy to be crowned because I’m intelligent. And after so much out country had gone through in terms of racial discrimination, I was shocked people didn’t think a dark girl deserved to win.”
That’s when she decided to bleach her skin.
“The negativity really pulled me down and I fell into the public [opinion] trap. Looking back now, I regret doing it. I think I was more beautiful before. I loved who I was. It was an irrational decision.” Sorisha says there was a time when her skin became too light and had also developed vitiligo, a condition in which the skin loses its pigment cells causing discoloured patches. She looked deep within herself to find the root of her problem.
“I had to stop caring about what other people thought of me and I focused on the people who really cared about me. “I was becoming too white – my skin was almost paper-thin and I became very paranoid about my looks. I tried out almost everything that had retinol [vitamin A derivative that improves discolouration] in it and I did a lot of light peels.
“I had long meetings with my plastic surgeon, who is a highly regarded doctor in Durban, before I found a product that helped to produce melanin,” she says. She also took to learning more about skincare products by reading anything she could get her hands on and by testing it on herself.
This led to her opening the Umhlanga Laser and Aesthetic Clinic in 2012 and she opened the Chatsworth Laser and Aesthetic Clinic in April this year. Furthermore, she never uses any toxins or chemicals on her body.
Her husband always finds her beautiful. Sorisha tears up as she relates how far she and Vivian have come together .