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#BBCtrending: Kenya's #BleachedBeauty speaks out

16 June 2014 Last updated at 10:10 BST

The Kenyan socialite Vera Sidika has defended her decision to lighten her skin in an interview with BBC Trending.

As we reported on this blog, Sidika was criticised on social media for spending as much as $170,000 on skin lightening. People shared their opinions online using the hashtag #BleachedBeauty.

Sidika, often dubbed "Kenya's Kim Kardashian", told BBC Trending she has no regrets and blames society for encouraging skin lightening.

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