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By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

The black girl in the controversial Dove campaign has spoken out to say she is not a victim.

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Lola Ogunyemi, who describes herself as a Nigerian woman born in London and raised in Atlanta, said that if she had known that she would be used in the ad as the ‘before’ of a girl who turned white, that she would have said an ’emphatic no.’

According to her post, Lola says the snapshots circulating on the web have been misinterpreted.

“If I had even the slightest inclination that I would be portrayed as inferior, or as the ‘before’ in a before and after shot, I would have been the first to say an emphatic ‘no.’”

She noted that “a lot has been left out. The narrative has been written without giving consumers context on which to base an informed opinion.”

Lola Ogunyemi

Lola added that while she agrees with Dove’s response to apologize, she feels they could have defended their creative vision, which was communicated with the full TV ad, featuring 7 women in all.

Read the full opinion piece HERE.

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