I am a pale 56-year-old of Northern European extraction who …

Comment on Skin Colour is Not a Fashion Statement (And no, we won’t “get a tan…”) by Pinky.

I am a pale 56-year-old of Northern European extraction who grew up in the Southeastern U.S. as a nerdy girl who hated tanning (hot, boring, and uncomfortable). Now I’m glad I didn’t. People sometimes tell me that I have beautiful skin. It’s ironic that so many Northern Europeans settled in areas of the Americas that experience intense sunlight. One blue-eyed, red-haired friend was sunburned as a kid so many times while working on his family farm that he has to undergo dermatological screening at least once a year. Another olive-skinned friend with Mexican ancestry was embarrassed to wear long sleeves and a hat in the sun, but seeing us do it made him more comfortable about it.

The older I get, the prouder I am that my fair complexion reveals my ethnic origin and my life-long decision not to tan. I’ve experienced anti-fair comments, too, but I ignore them. Those people just don’t know what they’re talking about.

Moral of the story: Young ladies (and gents), take care of your skin, no matter what shade it is. Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It protects you, so you must protect it, too.

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