JYP Entertainment Accused of Whitewashing VCHA Stars Camila & Savanna — ‘I just hope they..’

In a shocking turn of events, fans are calling out JYP Entertainment for what they claim to be the “whitewashing” of VCHA’s Camila Ribeaux Valdes and Savanna Collins, sparking a heated debate within the K-Pop community.

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Diverse Origins and Excitement Surrounding VCHA’s Debut

Initially celebrated for its diverse lineup, VCHA emerged as JYP Entertainment and Republic Records’ global K-Pop girl group, comprising winning contestants from the A2K competition show.

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A2K

Fans were excited about the inclusion of girls from various races and cultural backgrounds, highlighting the group’s initial appeal.

Whitewashing Concerns: Savanna’s Debut and Camila’s Latina Heritage

However, amidst the excitement, netizens are expressing growing concerns about Savanna Collins and Camila Ribeaux Valdes possibly falling victim to whitewashing.

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Savanna, praised as the first Black idol to debut under JYP Entertainment, hails from Venezuelan-Trinbagonian roots, born in Florida. Camila, a Latina of Cuban-Canadian descent born in Spain, adds to the group’s diverse heritage.

TikTok Revelation Sparks Controversy

A TikTok post with 62.3K views has become the focal point of the controversy. The Original Poster (OP) voiced observations about Camila and Savanna’s appearances in VCHA’s latest comeback photos, asserting that attempts to alter their non-Korean identity are unwarranted.

   @yztrq._.backup Replying to @leah Stop trying to justify the whitewash sweetie >•< #YZTRQ #YZTRQBACKUP #fyp #fypシ #kpop #kpopfyp #a2k #vcha #viral #goviral #savanna ♬ FEELS LIKE A FEM QUEEN – Kevin Jz Prodigy    

Netizens rallied behind the OP, expressing heightened concern over perceived changes in the members’ skin tones and hairstyles.

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Netizens Reaction

Savanna, in particular, has become nearly unrecognizable, causing distress among dedicated fans. A side-by-side comparison shared by the OP further intensified worries.

The Unsettling Similarity in Complexion Raises Eyebrows

Despite Camila and Savanna having darker skin, recent group photos suggest a nearly identical complexion with their fellow members, sparking speculation that the company may be influencing skin lightening.

Camila & Savanna
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Camila & Savanna

This practice, known as whitewashing, is a prevalent issue in the K-Pop industry, reflecting the country’s strict beauty standards.

Camila & Savanna
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Camila & Savanna

As the controversy unfolds, JYP Entertainment joins the list of Korean entertainment companies criticized for alleged changes in members’ appearances since debut.