A girl can’t help but notice the continuously growing popularity in the art of “self-tanning,” especially when that girl is whiter than a glass of milk like myself and is relentlessly surrounded by leather faced Jersey Shore people or Toddlers and Tiaras, where even a child is considered less attractive without a tan. Don’t get me wrong, if that’s your thing then all the power to you but as a pale lady I just don’t see the appeal. Whether your spraying or using the beds, indoor tanning has become a multi-billion dollar industry with people paying top dollar to fight the signs of “white” as if it’s a bad as having a pimple on your nose or whiskers on your chin. Having joined a gym last year that had tanning beds available to members, I got a better insight to the use and effect of these particular beauty regimes. Tall, short, skinny, chubby, all sorts of girls oil up and lay down in a bed of UV light to fight the onset of pale skin and get tanned. It’s a year round endeavor too; girls don’t get a break just because it’s the dead of winter. Let’s face it, there’s nothing very subtle about an bronze person when there’s snow on the ground. Putting aside all the health risks involved with tanning beds (which there are so many of), I can’t help but ask myself, is this really what looks good to our society now? A natural sun kissed tan is one thing but it feels as though it’s been taken to a whole new level where orange is the new tan. I know that women are not the only guilty ones here and men have fallen into the trend trap but being a girl, I want to focus on our point of view and self-esteem levels. Girls can become so addicted they’ll crisp their skin to the point of looking like they rolled around in a bag of Doritos. My girl Anne Hathaway knows what I’m talking about:
Anne had to get an over-the-top spray tan for the film, “Bride Wars” when her character was approaching her wedding day and didn’t want to dare face it pale skinned. My god, what could be worse?! I’ve heard from several people, “You’re so pale!” as if this is some kind of curse. I’ve been asked, “What’s wrong, do you burn when you try to tan or something?” Of course, my first thoughts are insecure in nature and a want to fix this problem I didn’t even realize I had but that’s rarely ever the right answer to our self esteem issues. The answer is simply no, I’m pale because I’m pale. I purposely don’t over-expose my largest organ to the cancer causing, wrinkle inducing, orange emitting rays of the fireball in the sky (or the gym for that matter). My point here isn’t to slander tanning, like I said, if you enjoy it then it’s your choice to make and I completely respect that. My real question is, what’s wrong with rocking a naturally milky skin tone? Why is that such a bad thing that deserves questioning?
So in the spirit of a wonderfully feminine and porcelain beauty, I wanted to showcase some famous folks who are pulling off the “alabaster lady” look flawlessly while bringing sexy back to all us disgraced pale girls:
Helena Bonham Carter
Bryce Dallas Howard
Dita Von Teese
“I say this to every young person I know. Stay out of the sun! I have very fair skin and it would have been super-damaged. I always wear sunscreen and I walk on the shady side of the street” –Julianne Moore
Believe me that none of this is being said in mean spirits but rather in a celebration of all kinds of beauty. Ivory or olive, it’s important to own your beauty for yourself and not change or put yourself in potential harms way because someone said something insensitive about your appearance like your skin was blinding them (yes, I’ve heard that one before too!) No matter what others may see as a flaw, you are beautiful so bring out your inner feminist and show your beauty however you choose to.
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