Fair skin = healthy beauty
This is not a size-related post, but it does pertain to one of the recurrent themes of this Web site.
The beauty of fair, peaches-and-cream complexions is frequently mentioned here. It's remarkable how many of the most popular models (Shannon Marie, Valerie, Kelsey, Kailee, etc.) are specificially praised for their porcelain features. And numerous posts have indicated how a fair complexion was the feminine ideal throughout history (just as the fuller figure was), whereas the modern fondness for leathery-brown skin is just as much of an aberration as is the current preference for emaciated frames.
Well, it turns out that there is a solid medical foundation for the timeless preference for fair features, and that a so-called "healthy tan" is anything but -- since tanning is one of the most destructive things that a young woman can do to herself.
A widely-reported study had determined that girls are virtually guaranteeing themselves a bout with lethal skin cancer through their mindless pursuit of the modern browned look.
Here's one article, and an excerpt. The title says it all.
Another article indicates the seriousness of the disease, and how prone it is to spread throughout the body.
To say the least, it's not worth it! Every young woman should realize that it's not worth it to scorch in the sun (let alone in some fluorescent chamber), just to turn an unnatural colour. Dying of skin cancer is an ugly and painful a way to go. It's not just a bad death -- it's a horrible one.
Besids, tanning doesn't improve looks at all -- it leads to wrinkles and other forms of skin damage -- and fair skin is more attractive anyway. Just look at the complexion of the Almia model, whom Kaitlynn mentioned recently:
Her soft, fresh, rosy glow is infinitely lovelier than a sun-broiled leathery hide. And the only way to obtain her fair, angelic skin is by staying out of the sun.
You'll look better (and younger) -- and you'll live longer too.
Re: Fair skin = healthy beauty
I've heard the addiction to tanning called "tanorexia." I don't think it's a coincidence that two forms of self-destructiveness born of low self-esteem are linked in this "portmanteau" word.
Those of us with very pale skin, as well as our darker-complected sisters, would do well to take this tanning warning very seriously. Sunburn isn't just painful, it is dangerous to the skin's health. Hats and parasols used to be part of every lady's ensemble. It's high time they made a comeback -- for our health as well as the elegance they project.
Re: Fair skin = healthy beauty
This is another shining example of how the timeless ideal of beauty differentiates itself from the modern standard of appearance for women.
Today's aesthetic rules are largely propagated by soulless corporations (the diet-starvation and exercise-torture conglomerates, as well as the tanning industry), whose only purpose is to part women from their money, regardless of the harm that they inflict.
By contrast, the Classical mode of appearance that was favoured throughout Western history, up until the 20th century, evolved naturally over the centuries in harmony with women's health.
Just as it is healthier for women to be well-nourished and well-fed (hence the admiration of generously-proportioned figures), so, society is now discovering, is it healthier for women to avoid the sun and to preserve their fair complexions.
Throughout Western history, beauty and health went hand in hand; the latter was a consequence of the former. It is no coincidence that the upending of timeless mode of feminine appearance has spawned such devastating illnesses (eating disorders, skin cancer, etc.), since the modern standard of beauty is a point-for-point inversion of the Classical ideal.
If timeless beauty were restored, then health would return with it.
Kelsey Olson (modelling for Torrid) exhibiting the delicately fair, peaches-and-cream complexion that is the hallmark of true femininity:
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