Celebrating Pale Skin

Learning to love the Pale Skin you’re in!

Whether you’re a red head or just happen to have pale skin, its something that we hope you have grown to embrace as a part of what makes you special. Having pale skin Nicola Roberts Compare Tanned and Palecan really distinguish you from permatanned/faked tanned bombshells out there. While trying to be respectful towards people who do have a tan – I honestly think being pale looks quite classy; don’t you? It’s difficult to pass  judgment without seeing someone who has had a tan and who has also been pale, so I’m calling in Exhibit A; Nicola Roberts. Now you should already know that we are big fans of Nicola, particularly for creating the Dainty Doll Make up Range for pale skin, but also because it was born out of truly embracing who she is, which includes having pale skin. In the early years of Girls Aloud, Nicola  could be seen trying to fit in with her band mates, with fake tan, but in recent years has embraced her pale skin and looks great for it. What do you think? Better before or after?

 

A List Celebrities with Pale Skin

If you’re still doubting whether Pale skin can make a lady look great, I call in Exhibit B: a wide range of talented, beautiful, Hollywood A Listers; who are a an example to us all. The ones that most immediately sprung to mind include; Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Dita Von Teese,  Julianne Moore, Kirsten Dunst, Renee Zellweger, Tilda Swinton, Rose McGowan, Amy Adams, Christina Hendricks. Do you have any to add the list? and they don’t have to be A Listers…

 

Is Pale Skin more attractive?

So really – isn’t ‘beauty in the eye of the beholder’? Well yes, but being pale was considered most appealing up until quite recently; well the 1920′s anyway. Have you ever wondered where the fashion for tanning came from? Being pale was in vogue for…centuries really…UNTIL Coco Chanel returned from a Mediterranean holiday with a golden glow, which started the trend. Strangely enough, it was accidental.

If you’re interested to know more, this is a great podcast called ‘When did sun tanning become popular?’ from the girls at Stuff Mom Never told you at How Stuff Works.com

 

Pale Skin through HistoryElizabeth 1st

If you have spent ANY time in art galleries you may  have noticed that most of the paintings feature people with VERY pale skin. If you’ve wondered why pale skin was in vogue for so long, its because it demonstrated wealth: if you had pale skin, you didn’t need to work outside and end up with a tan. Figures like Queen Elizabeth I helped this along, by being a style icon and encouraging the fashion for pale skin. She is known to have used heavy white make up, but the reason is thought to have been to cover up the scars from a small small pox infection that almost killed her. Will the fashion for a tan dye out? Do you think pale skin will really be in vogue again?

Pale Skin around the World

While in the West we seem to favour a tan, we may be in the minority. Having spent a couple of years teaching in South Korea, I have experienced first hand the preference for pale skin. I was pretty shocked the first time I was given a sample of ‘whitening cream’ with my cosmetics purchase: really? Whiter?? This is more of a problem in countries where the solutions used to create pale skin are harming to the body and include ingredients like Mercury. Fully covered in this CNN Article, Dying to be white, shows a glimpse into the obsession other parts of the world have with having pale skin, not tanned.

 

Our experience with Pale Skin

I personally struggled during my teen years when friends would wear skirts after they had got an amazing tan. I couldn’t understand why my legs would never tan, and my veins were still visible through my white skin. What passed for a tan for me was still lighter than my friends got in the depths of winter, and protecting it was always an issue. Experiments (usually failed) with fake tan ensued and I was left with obvious streaky contrasts between my white skin and fake tan (before the release of gradual build tanners) that stained everything and smelt pretty bad. When learning about make up, getting a shade that would suit me was always a struggle, which is not what you need in already embarrassing teen times. Not just for foundations and concealer, for eyeshadows and lipsticks that looked too dark or too pink on me – well forget about why, they just looked bad! So why am I raving about it now? Because once you grow into your skin (excuse the pun) its the most comfortable place to be. You are who you are and I have been give this bright orange hair and alabaster complexion as a gift and I plan to revel in it! Care to join me?

More about the author: Jessica Shailes

Just call me Jess, I'm the co-creator of Everything for Redheads and love contributing to our community here. Let me know what you'd like to see on the site and we'll see what we can do.

2 Comments

  1. Intersting article! I totally agree about Nicola suiting her natural pale skin. She is beautiful embracing her natural colouring. Good on her! A great role model for others. And she has a fab voice! I love your website, fb page and articles. Thankyou for opening my eyes and the eyes of others. Redheads face prejudice re the colour of their skin and their hair. There is no law against this as far as I am aware, but it's a widespread problem and needs to be addressed. It's illegal to be prejudice for reasons of race, gender, age, sexuality etc. we should have rights and not have to put up with ignorant comments anymore. Thankyou guys xxxx.

    • It is so wonderful to get this response and thank you for sharing Rita. You’ve certainly put a smile on my face, and I’m sure you will have done the same to anyone else reading it :)

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