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Unilever’s ‘Fair & Lovely’ skin lightener to be renamed after global backlash

After years of backlash, Unilever is dropping the word 'fair' from the 'Fair & Lovely' skin lightening cream in South Asia. Some say that that move does not go far enough.

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