In Praise of Pale Girls

08/09/2006 at 04:45 PM ET

As the summer starts winding down, and beach devotees like Lindsay and Matthew gear up to make the most of the ending the season, we’d like to take a moment to salute those stars who have wisely steered away from tanning. Zooey Deschanel, Bryce Dallas Howard and Liv Tyler join the list of other cream complexion beauties like Nicole Kidman and Marcia Cross who are as pale in August as they are in December. To keep your skin freckle-free, try Neutrogena’s Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock in SPF 45 (one of our must-haves!). You can also show your support of the non-tanning (and non skin-damaging) trend by picking up their Pale Is The New Tan tee shirt at, for $25; $3 from every sale benefits the American Cancer Society.

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Ellie on

they look so natural and pretty! so much prettier than jessica simpson, who looks orange to me. another fair beauty: nicole kidman!

Cathy on

My friend, Nathania, has a fair complexion and she is super hot!

Vanessa on

I really dont like fair skin. It looks very cold & uncooked. The ultra white arms & legs are disgusting.

Sharon Stone & Drew Barrimore are only a few examples of a nice white skin, a bit of sun in their bodies doesnt hurt.
All these women you mentioned, made me remind the movie People behind the Walls, with all those kids who never saw sun light..

Mandy on

Vanessa, do you think hyperpigmented, wrinkled skin from over-exposure looks better? And have you ever had a blistering sunburn? I have and I will take my pale skin any day over that type of pain. When I was younger I cared what other people thought of me so I would spend lots of money to slather on smelly, fake tan creams. Thank goodness I outgrew that. I figure people like you can just avert your eyes when people like me walk by.

kim on

Just because they are fair doesn’t mean they never see sun, I have been known as powder growing up too and I personally wonder why people feel the need to comment? It all seems like pressure to conform to someone else’s standard of beauty to me. If your skin tans, great, go for it, if it doesn’t do so easily, then protect it and save yourself from freckles and cancer, that simple. People are beautiful by displaying what makes them who they are, not by looking like everyone else. More power to those who are willing to do their own thing.

Kari Ann on

Hats off to these women who are going along with how they naturally are! I am also very pale and do my best to make sure that I stay that way. I also LOVE the look of women who are naturally darker, whether they are Latina, black, Indian, or mixed-race! Their complexions, facial structure, everything are so beautiful and exotic!
I don’t like it when pale women try to make themselves look darker (unless they get that way from working/playing); I also don’t like seeing women with beautiful dark/olive/tan complexions trying to artificially lighten their skin. I think that women look their best when they work with what nature gave them; aside from being healthier, it just looks looks better!

paulin on

I love that ‘pale is the new tan’ phrase!! I’ve always been as white as a paper sheet and been criticized because of my fair legs and belly. I hate to take sun baths, they’ only give me sunburn, freckles and then back to pale again.

Jacki on

You have to play with the skin type you were given. Some wormen should not try and burn themselves out by Eva Longoria is never going to be “fair” so to speak and Liv Tyler is beautiful as is.

If Nicole Kidman tried to tan she would freckle and that is just not good. Lindsey Lohan needs to take note.

minerzz on

Fair girls are hotter than most tanned girls. Being fair is always in.

Alex on

Hey Vanessa…it’s ‘People Under the Stairs’ not ‘People Behind the Walls’…if you are going to try to insult people, you might want to get it right…PALE RULES!!!

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