‘Yellow bones’ get the jobs: Sibulele Gcilitshana

JOHANNESBURG – Actress Sibulele has spoken out on the latest trend bias in favour of “yellow bones” in the local arts and entertainment industry. The outspoken actress said she was being turned down for acting roles because of her complexion.
“Over the last few years many actresses have experienced rejection supposedly because they are two shades darker. Then you find out that someone lighter in complexion has been cast instead. It’s become difficult to get some roles of late,” Gcilitshana said. “It’s even worse if you are teetering towards your 40s age wise and you’re a size 38 plus. It’s not flattering. My industry can be… I don’t know how to describe it, brutal, perhaps,” she added.
Gcilitshana, who is 38, said that despite the arts being a cut-throat industry, she would not swop it for anything else.  “I’m enjoying the space I’m in. I’m constantly auditioning. It’s the only way to sustain yourself. You can’t sit down and relax. You must constantly remind producers that you’re still around and available to work.
Gcilitshana is currently cast on SABC3’s comedy drama series Bedford Wives. The series is set in the lavish but seedy Joburg east suburb of Bedfordview and follows the lives of four middle class women. She plays undercover cop Paulina Selemane that revolves around criminals who live lavish lives but have plenty skeletons in their cupboards.

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