How a Canadian woman pushed a popular South Asian matchmaking site to drop its skin-tone filter

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When Meghan Nagpal decided to take her chances at finding love by signing up for a popular matchmaking website, she never expected to be asked to describe her skin tone — let alone the skin tone she would find desirable in a partner. About a year ago, Nagpal joined, a website that asks users to choose potential matches based on family background, status and body type. She said there was also a filter asking users for their preference of skin colour. “I felt really uncomfortable,” said the University of Toronto graduate student, who is originally from Vancouver.