New York rapper Azealia Banks has stepped forward to speak out on making headlines this year for allegedly whitening her skin.

In a new video clip, Banks explained why skin bleaching is becoming more of a socially accepted trend.

“You guys really want to talk to me about this skin whitening thing and skin bleaching thing and why I did it and what does it mean, blah, blah, blah. I don’t really think it’s important to discuss the cultural significance of skin bleaching anymore because I think that just as African American people or Black people in this world, you assimilate. There are things that you accept not out of necessity, but things that kinda become the norm because it’s just happening all of the time. I think that also goes for Black people or any minority.”

TSR Staff: Kyle Anfernee Instagram: @Kyle.Anfernee Azealia Banks is one of those type of chicks that constantly surprises you just when you've thought you've seen and heard it all. Okay #Roommates so get into this tea… Azealia Banks has been been bleaching her skin for a couple months now, and recently got called out for it. Now instead of denying those claims she's admitting she's doing it and has no regrets! We posted a clip of Azealia earlier speaking on these claims but now let's really get into it! ______________________________________ According to LoveBScott, her lightening process is "just the continuation of falsification of self that comes with being Black in America." ______________________________________ Lawd Jesus… She went on to say: ______________________________________ “What’s the difference between getting a nose job and changing your skin color? What’s the difference between getting a hair weave and changing your skin color? There really isn’t a difference. For so many people to say that–Read More At

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In mid-June, Banks went to Instagram and addressed backlash she received for bleaching her skin.

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According to reports, Banks used color-altering company Whitenicious for the complexion change.

Whitenicious spokeswoman Rebecca Matamba told BOSSIP that Banks is just one of the company’s celebrity clientele. “She loves Whitenicious and has tweeted about it multiple times…She is one of our many celebrity clients but she is just one of the celebrities who uses it and doesn’t care who knows,” Matamba said. (Bossip)

Company spokeswoman Rebecca Matamba recently explained the backlash Banks may initially receive.

“She is just a beautiful woman experimenting and trying new things and she looks great,” the rep added. “People should focus on her talent instead of her skin. After all she’s in an industry where everyone is getting a little nip and tuck here and there, the difference is others lie about it but she is open about it, because it’s her body not anyone’s and people should focus on her music.” (Bossip)