Kenya’s high profile socialite, Vera Sidika, known for her flattering skin lightening and breast augmentation surgery could be back to her default settings.
This is according to a photo shared by the self-styled Queen Vee on Monday, July 8, where she shocked her followers after re-appearing looking darker after a four-day hiatus on her page.
“Never be defined by your past ...it was just a lesson, not a life sentence. Feels good to be back!!! Black don’t crack,” declared Sidika.
Hold your water colours
While this could be a victory for all the “Team Naturals” out there that the infamous beauty has reverted back, it is worth noting that this could be easily achieved with a simple click on Photoshop.
Case in point. On December 9 2018, she shared a photo spotting a similar darker shade while balling in London, United Kingdom.
In that image, Sidika drew attention to her seamless Yel Hair and not her darker skin tone. It took a fan, Joylo Njeri, to draw the parallels.
“You want to be black again? The makeup dint like you,” wrote Njeri.
Wait, there is more.
On the 11th of that same month, she shared another photo. At the time, most of her followers attributed her glossy appearance to makeup.
True to their assertions, subsequent photos by the socialite, until the viral Monday 8 piece, all featured her in the usual classic trademark colour.
The original skin tone was not back! Hence the scepticism to today's 'development' from some of her followers.
While she can afford to change back, the answer as to why she won’t is in her 2014 interview with Larry Madowo.
Vera Sidika narrated to Madowo that it was her brand, a product of a costly procedure undertaken in the UK which cost an upwards of Sh15 million.
"I did it the right way...I used the right procedure. I had a great dermatologist from the UK. My body is my business, and it's a moneymaker. I said if I have to do it (skin lightening), it has to be great, it has to be right. Ten years from now, twenty years from now, fifty years from now... I'll still look the same," she told Madowo.
Her breast surgery cost the entrepreneur an arm and a leg too.
“I have had boob surgery before, years ago in Beverly Hills, California. I paid a lot for the procedure. Yes, it’s more expensive but worth it because you get qualified and certified surgeons with over 20 years’ experience,” she told The Nairobian.