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Pale is Beautiful: Praising the Ethereal Beauty of Fair Skin

Updated on February 14, 2016
Scarlett Johannson with pale skin like a cherub. Pale is Beautiful: Praising the Ethereal Beauty of Fair Skin.
Scarlett Johannson with pale skin like a cherub. Pale is Beautiful: Praising the Ethereal Beauty of Fair Skin.
Dita Von Teese
Dita Von Teese
Christina Hendricks. Pale is Beautiful: Praising the Ethereal Beauty of Fair Skin.
Christina Hendricks. Pale is Beautiful: Praising the Ethereal Beauty of Fair Skin.

Pale is Beautiful: Praising the Ethereal Beauty of Fair Skin

The overwhelming populariity of tanning in the United States often leaves a portion of the population feeling like they need to change their very skin color to look beautiful. Media is a very powerful tool, and so the images of models and actresses with artificially bronzed skin have a strong influence over people who look to the media for beauty trends and advice.

In addition to that, tanning by the sun or lamp causes well-known long-term damage to the skin: it increases the chances of getting skin cancer and prematurely ages the face. When we say premature aging, we mean having leathery skin at 25 and wrinkles way before your time. And these effects never go away once you have them. The media in fact, is directly influencing the demise of your beauty rather than helping to improve it.

So the question is, why bother? Pale is beautiful. Celebrities Dita Von Teese, Christina Hendricks, Scarlett Johannson, and Liu Wen all proudly go pale and the fair-skinned masses couldn't be happier. Skin color is given to everyone by nature and we are all perfect the way we are. The best thing to do is simply realize your looks are your own unique gift. Why would you ever want to change it?

Pale skin has an ethereal beauty to it. It is at once innocent, fresh, otherwordly, and seductive.

The classical painters were obsessed with capturing pale women in their works because of the light it brought to the canvas and the beauty of the subjects. How has that beauty ever changed? It hasn't. It is just now more obscured by media outlets that prefer bronzed beach bunny types.

Liu Wen, Chinese Supermodel. Pale is Beautiful: Praising the Ethereal Beauty of Fair Skin.
Liu Wen, Chinese Supermodel. Pale is Beautiful: Praising the Ethereal Beauty of Fair Skin.

Pale skin was in fashion in the United States until the 1950s, when beach vacations became the norm. Having a tan meant that you could afford to sit out in the sun and laze the days away, while the workers had to be indoors five days a week.

But what does following a trend in skin color really say about us? It says that we are willing to change our identity according to the whims of the fashion world, and that our natural skin color isn't good enough to be shown. Now, not everyone goes for the artificial tan. I know a number of women like myself who simply want to stay beautiful as long as they can, and so they shun the sun because it is harmful anyway. And still other fair-skinned people don't care what is in style. They just go about their everyday lives being pale and feeling normal.

I know quite a few women who have an artificial glow. I was surprised to find out that they are naturally pale, but some of them hide their old pictures so no one knows about their pasty skin. Many of them have tanned since high school days. Their lamp-achieved skin color is their new everyday "normal," not just for the days of Summer, but all year-round.

When I saw a few of one friend's old pale pictures, I observed she didn't look any better with a tan, she just looked like she was covering up who she really was.

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