Chand Bhangal

My name is Chand Bhangal (@chandbhangal), and I'm an activist, content creator, and social media strategist from Brampton, Ontario! My pronouns are she/her, and I identify as an Indian-Canadian woman!

I grew up around a diverse group of Caribbean and other South Asian people. However, I'm Punjabi and didn't know any other dark-skinned Punjabi women like me growing up. Therefore, many from my community couldn't relate to my experiences with colorism, and I couldn't talk to them.

As a child, I heard comments about, "wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent tanning." I was told, "pink doesn't look good on dark skin." These remarks mainly came from family, cousins, elders, and I didn't know how to process them. All I knew was that it made me feel uncomfortable. There was a period of time when we moved around a lot. My skin complexion was often the first thing bullies targeted.