Amongst the many things we will be doing this summer to celebrate the FANTASTIC weather, some of us will be doing something pretty weird. While a good portion of us are cooling off in the pool, some people will just lay there in a thin coat of sun screen, tanning. I admit, getting a nice summery glow is amongst one of the things I love about the three month break from school. Some people even skip the Laying-in-the-Sun part to hit the tanning beds. But why do so many girls love tanning and their brown (sometimes orange) glow?
In the Philippines things are very different when it comes to tanning. While girls in the U.S. LOVE their tan, girls in the Philippines will do anything to get rid of their brown complexion. This is true for many Eastern cultures. The reason these ladies would prefer porcelain skin to tan skin is because having brown skin means you are outside. If you are outside, you are working in fields. So that means, girls with light skin must be inside all day long. They have enough money so someone else can do work for them. Pretty different than how it is over here, huh? While we bake in the sun wearing tank tops and shorts, these ladies cover their skin in attempts to shield themselves from the sun.
Last summer I visited Hawaii. A good portion of the population is Japanese and Filipino. While I was walking down the streets of Waikiki in a tank top, I would also see ladies decked out in long sleeve shirts, sun glasses, floppy hats, pants and shoes. Far from cold, these ladies are doing everything they can to NOT get tan. In the Philippines, women with the money will get their skin bleached. They will go to salons like American girls do, but unlike us, they will pay to get their skin a lighter shade.
We know why women in eastern countries prefer light skin now. It represents wealth. But why do American women prefer tanner skin? Not to mention the health risks of too much Ultra Violet Rays, what is the American excuse for changing our natural complexion? It’s crazy that women on two sides of the planet will disagree on tanning versus bleaching this much. What are your thoughts? Why do American girls yearn for glowing skin? How can something we think is beautiful here in American be so revolting in eastern countries? What does tan skin signify in an American girl? Why do you tan?