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Mikeisha Simpson, 23, says she hopes to transform her dark complexion to a cafe-au-lait-color common among Jamaica's elite and favored by many men. She thinks having fairer skin could give her an opportunity for a better life. (Associated Press)

Mikeisha Simpson, 23, says she hopes to transform her dark complexion to a cafe-au-lait-color common among Jamaica's elite and favored by many men. She thinks having fairer skin could give her an opportunity for a better life. (Associated Press)

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