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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Stephanie on

Think about a couple of things guys- Someone may have a skin condition as albinoism where they have no melanin to produce any color to the skin’s surface. It is a condition that no matter what they do they will not recieve any color, no matter how hard they try. I have found that many people with a heritage like myself,(as Irish/German descent) burn easily within 10 minutes. It doesn’t mean that we don’t like the look of a tan, it means that it’s not in our best interest to be in the sun for an extended amount of time (even with SPF30). I can say for myself that I want a youthful look for as long as I can without the effects of the sun’s harmful UVB rays. I personally have tried a new product called GlowFusion that is made of protiens, it stays up to 2 weeks on the skin, and it leaves no streaks or orangey look. Other alternatives than the sun would be a bronzer for the face and body. Take a look at any Sephora and you’ll see for yourself!

Lizzy on

Jennifer, your decision to tan is decided based on what you think guys want? I should hope that other factors, like sense of humor, matter a whole lot more than the particular shade of one’s skin. Guys may think your tan skin is “hot” now, but when you’re 40 and prematurely wrinkled from head to toe, you’ll wish you would have worked on your mind rather than your suntan.

someone... on

I mean, I think it’s great that they are staying away from tanning beds… but the fact that pale is the new tan makes me definitely out of style, unless I pull a micheal jackson. Oh well.

-e- on

this whole tan thing makes me creep out. some of u who’ll love to be tan, would be shock how some asian woman kills to have a fair skin like u all. but fair doesn’t mean pale rite? loves ur skin n protect it. i wouldn’t go too far to burn my skin under the sun. am totally support the sunscreen champaign.

moira on

Two ugly unfashionable words that go way beyond beauty and what men (or anyone else) think:

Skin Cancer

Katie on

Yes, I also think of them as “fair” and i am one of those girls. I have emrald green eyes, pale swkin, a little freckles, dark brown naturly ringlet curly hair, and angelia jolie naturly redish/pink lips like Rachel McAdams. So yes, fyi, that is my look and im fair and i think that it makes my hair, lips, and definatly eyes captivating.

Ainsley on

I always feel like I look anemic and sickly unless I have some color to my skin. 15 minutes in the sun every day is healthy and will give you the vitamin D that your body needs and a healthy glow to your skin. I hate the look of pasty white skin. Also, people with tan skin look more toned and lean.

rachel on

hey. you want tan skin now, and bad skin later, thats your choice. i belive in sun in moderation. no tanning booth for me. my skin does get tan easly, but im a pale person because i choose to protect my skin from harm. women are beautiful just the way they are. in EVERY shade.

rachel on

hey i LOVE zooey. and as a matter of fact, all three of those actresses are in my top 20! whoot for them pale chicks!

ava on

zooey is one of my favorite actresses and she looks so pretty in this picture! her bag is adorable

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