Bianca Gonzalez-Intal is a Filipina TV host and model. She has a 6-month-old daughter called Lucia.
Last week, Gonzalez-Intal posted a photo of Lucia to her Instagram, in celebration of her being 6 months old and starting to eat solid food.
Soon after the photo went up, an Instagram user posted the comment "What's beautiful about that?" referring to Lucia.
Gonzalez-Intal quickly replied, stating her daughter was "Pinay and proud" and that her "negra" or "dark" skin wasn't a flaw.
When another user suggested Lucia's looks may change with time, Gonzalez-Intal hit back at the suggestion, saying "Why do people think being dark-skinned is an insult?"
On Wednesday, Gonzalez-Intal followed up her comments by sharing a photo of herself as a child, saying, "I was insecure when I was young, until I discovered my talents and built real friendships and realized skin color doesn't matter."
Since the incident, people have been sharing positive and supportive comments about both Gonzalez-Intal and Lucia, and using the hashtag #proudmorena, meaning proud of their dark skin.
Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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