Quite a few weeks ago now I was participating in one of the #bbloggers chats on twitter, the topic choice was 'What are your favourite Summer essentials.' One thing that caught my attention was how many people were saying how they couldn't wait to get a tan or live without their fake tan, I'm fine with that, not everyone likes being pale but what I don't like to see are fair-skinned people apologising for their 'ghostly' legs or how some people will flat out say they think pale skin in unattractive. For me, and I'm sure other fair skinned people, I find that insulting. I can put up with people making jokes to me about how I'm a Vampire or if I step out into the Sun I might melt, I don't mind that. But then there's the other side of it I've had a few of these awkward moments at work were others don't really think before they speak and I'll hear comments like 'Ergh, I'm so pale I need to apply fake tan' or 'Look how horrible and pale my skin is, I need to get out in the Sun' and other things and there is me sat there thinking 'thanks, so you're saying me being pale is gross?' Trust me, this happens a lot to me at work, then I'll have a few of those side glances from people when the topic of being pale (and gross) is brought up. The thing is I'll look at these women and see how badly damaged the skin is, or they've got premature aging just because they've been sat out in the skin hoping to achieve a tan. A girl I worked with used to apply fake tan over and over without washing it off, I can't help but wonder what kind damage that could course, I also can't help but think how many people apply fake tan and I'm not sorry to say but some people just look orange, for me I don't find that attractive at all but never would I insult someone for it if that is their personal taste. I guess when we live in a society where pale skin is deemed unattractive its hard to not want to have a tan and fit in, I have been there. When I was younger I bought fake tan I used to apply it, my friends used to have competitions to see who had the best tan. But it wasn't for me, I just couldn't understand what was so wrong with being pale and I'm happier for embracing it!
There are many reasons why I love being pale, having dark hair and pale skin makes me stand out, I kinda do like being compared to a Vampire and sometimes twilight style my skin does shimmer. Maybe my pale skin has something to do with this but I do look a lot younger than I am, people with pale skin tend to look a lot younger for their age (fingers crossed when I'm 50 I'll look 40...) There are many more reasons why I love being pale but I could go on for a while, the only downside to being pale (for me) foundation shopping!
What have you (or are) embraced about yourself?