It looks like Raven Symone had to do something pretty extravagant for her role in the classic television series That's So Raven.
On Tuesday, The Huffington Post released a clip from a documentary called "Light Girls" that revolves around African-American women who are discriminated in the entertainment industry due to having lighter skin. Symone opened up in this video by saying that she would tan several times a week for her show That's So Raven so she would appear darker.
"When I had my own show, I used to tan three or four times a week in a tanning bed to get darker," the actress said. "I did."
Symone's skin changed to the point where it became too noticeable. It was also creating a negative message that seemed to be trapped in the actress's mind at that point.
"It's funny, one of the lighting guys came up- I love him to death; I love him, oh my goodness- he goes, 'Raven, I need you to stop tanning. You're getting too dark, and we have to re-light the whole entire show," Symone said. "I was like, 'Sorry, I was just trying to be pretty.'"
Producer Ralph Farquhar pointed out that colorism does in fact exist with women when it comes to casting on television.
"You might have a very talented actress who's being overlooked because of her complexion," he said.