Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Gorgeous Tan?

The other day, I was at the grocery store when the male teenaged check-out clerk looked past my shoulder and muttered, “Wow!”  I turned to follow his drooling gaze and saw an attractive young woman walking into the store.  She was wearing a light blue spaghetti-strap top, white summer shorts, and flip-flops; had short dark hair; and sported a gorgeous tan (with tell-tale tan lines near her neck).
Oops…I said a bad word there…didn’t I?  Put down the heavy objects and let me continue (this includes you Chelsea).
I admit that I always had a “thing” about tanned girls.  I also had an attraction to freckled girls as well.  I grew up in a “baby-oil as sun-block” environment, so I pretty much everyone of the opposite sex was either tanned or freckled in the summer.  Basically, I was programmed to appreciate sun-kissed skin.  And this was my initial impression of this lady walking into the grocery store.
But then the black wristband twisted my arm a bit and I reassessed my thoughts.  Did I really think she had a gorgeous tan, or was she a gorgeous girl with a tan?  As I think back now, I was as attracted to certain girls in high school and college in the sweater-bundled winter months in West Virginia as I was during the summer months.  It wasn’t the tan after all.
My point is that one doesn’t need a tan to look attractive.  Take a look at these two famous celebrities:
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Can you imagine what Nicole Kidman or Anne Hathaway would look like with a tan?  Neither can I.  Their natural tone is so incredibly beautiful that anything other than “natural” would be a negative distraction.
But it’s not just about being pale.  Can you imagine these beautiful women with unnaturally lighter skin?
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No matter the shade, dark or light, it's the natrual look that's best.

I’m not the only one to think this.  I ran across a website asking which of Angelina Jolie’s “look” below was preferred:

A whopping 70.74% of the voters chose the “pale,” more natural look.
Again, it’s all about NATURAL tones.  One should embrace one’s natural skin tone.  Staying out of the sun, AND TANNING BEDS, helps keep your skin naturally beautiful.  It also reduces skin aging and inhibits the formation of wrinkles.  Keeping one’s skin naturally beautiful might even make this crew a little more attractive:

Remember, getting a tan just makes you more tan…it’s doesn’t make you more beautiful.


  1. Love, Love, Love! I got a nice little giggle, too...I will be the first to admit that I ALWAYS thought "everyone looked prettier with a tan." (It was even on my info page on Facebook....CRINGE!!!) Live & learn, live & learn.

    In regards to The Jersey Shore cast,well, I'll keep my opinion to myself! ;-) But in Snookie's (SP?) defense, she--according to a website--only spray tans now. I doubt we'll see that on the show...

    Great job!!!

  2. Great post Al. I totally agree. My natural skin tone looks a bit tanned even though I'm never in the sun without sunscreen 60 SPF. I would like to be lighter but am not lighter even in the winter. So we all must be happy exactly how we are "naturally".