When I was a teenager, I wanted to be everything …

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

When I was a teenager, I wanted to be everything I wasn’t. I had curly dark hair, I wanted straight blonde hair. I didn’t color my hair, but I did straighten it. I had very pale skin, I wanted to be tan…so I went tanning. I finally learned to live with my curls. A diagnosis of malignant melanoma forced me to learn to live with my pale skin. I was okay until pantyhose became unfashionable. So now I no longer wear dresses. πŸ™ Now that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been seen in nude stockings but not in 90 degree weather. And people do make comments like, “pasty white thighs” etc. When I use a self-tanner, it goes into my pores and I have polka-dots, so I just have “pasty white thighs.” I’d rather have pasty white thighs than cancer. πŸ™‚

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