Cindy Ogana [Photo: Courtesy]

Despite the push for women to be proud of their melanin, not everyone appreciates the effort.

Dark and all natural, are not standards media houses are willing to give in to when it comes to the image they want for the people they put in front of millions of viewers.

Cindy Ogana is one of the many professionals who have lost positions despite being qualified because of her color.

Speaking during a recent interview she revealed that she was rejected by a TV station because she was all natural and too dark.

‘’I was in a reality show on TV where they were looking for a presenter and it did not help that one of the criteria why I wasn’t selected was my skin colour and hair. My hair was a topic the judges mentioned but then again remember it was a different time where you could not be a broadcaster when you had dreadlocks. It was seen as unkempt and it was seen as unruly. You had to have a weave and you had to have the skin tone,’’ disclosed Cindy on Ebru TV’s ‘Let’s Talk Show.’

Unlike many celebrities who have bleached themselves to fit into the world’s standard of ‘beauty,’ Cindy disclosed that she would not go down that road.

‘’I am dark skinned, I have my dreads and I have my big mouth and then I’m also not very keen on the makeup and everything. Leaving that show further cemented my resolve to always be natural, to never bleach myself. Whatever season my womanhood takes me through whether it’s my menses, my pregnancy I will always be natural and will always keep my natural hair,’’ she said.

The pretty media personality who used to host the breakfast show in Hot 96 is one of the panelists on NTV’s ‘The Trend.’