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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Ian on

Just wanted to let the ladies know that as a guy, I personally find ‘fair’ girls breathlessly attractive. I’ve always found ladies with their natural, peaches and cream complexions to be infinitely hotter than the freaks of nature who sit under UV lights just so they can turn their skin into beef jerky! Canned tan and fake bake chicks don’t even show up on my radar.

Lola on

Okay, i just have to say something. I don’t care what look is in or what people think about it. Though some of you are seriously getting on my nerves. I beleive you should just let things happen naturally. For some of the iggnorant people saying that pale people look “uncooked, sick, and gross”, have you ever considered that some of us never tan. I’m a native of Florida and spend at least four months there every year, I also run track and at track meets your out in the sun ALL day long (usually from around 7am to 5pm). However, due to my polish heritage, i am very pale. Though i don’t usually have a problem with burning except at my first track meet. I fell asleep (haha, my coach wasn’t too happy) on the metal bleachers and got a horrible sunburn. You know what happened, it didn’t go away to reveal a “healthy glow”, my shoulders and every where else got all splotchy. Ever since then i always wear sunscreen. I would defiantly rather be pale than all leathery, wrinkly, and truely sickly when i get older. I’m still a teenager but people swear i look four years younger than i really am. Now i have nothing against dark skinned people, i just feel you shouldn’t criticize people about their natural skin tone. People are too focassed on changing their looks and fitting in that they don’t realize until it’s too late that they are their body’s worst enemy.

Nikki on

I think women look the most beautiful when they protect their complexion and do their best to stay true to their coloring and complexion. Naturally darker skinned women, like Penelope Cruz or Eva Longoria, look beautiful with their darker skin, yes. But they hardly need to go out and bake under UV rays or get sprayed down in fake tanner to get that beautiful glow. They only HAVE that beautiful glow because it looks natural. I hardly think someone like Lindsey Lohan who totally betrays her genetics and natural looks to try and make herself look totally different looks “prettier” with that “healthy glow” than when she was just herself.

I am dark haired and dark eyed but have peaches and cream skin.. I used to be self-conscious of it but I began to get a ton of compliments from people, men and women, on having fantastic skin (which I do from taking good care of it). And no, not other pale men and women, people from all different colors/skin tones have told me I have a really great complexion.

My skin does not look “dead” because it’s pale.. in fact in the light it looks really quite beautiful and “glows”. After I’ve been laughing a lot, or I’ve exerted myself, the color in my face is more vibrant and pretty, when it’s cold out my cheeks brighten. In pictures I love the way my skin looks.. bright and heavenly, at least to me.

Yeah, it wasn’t the “in” thing for a long time, but I don’t really care. What I care about is I don’t think pale girls should feel the need to rub on a tub of crisco and bake themselves raw to try and achieve this sort of “beauty” or be embarassed by their paleness, and reversely I never want darker girls to feel the need to try and bleach their skin and ruin it pushing it in the opposite direction. I want people to love their skin, understand that many different men find many different shades of skin beautiful, and that they don’t need to hurt themselves for a silly trend.

Kayla on

I have a naturally white complexion, and I am very proud of it. Most of my friends say , “you need to go to the beach!”, or, “get some sunlight!”. I just ignore those comments because they are telling me to conform to the norm. It sometimes aggitates me. But my sister is also white and she says, white is sophisticated. I love that.

Gee on

i think being pale looks more femanin. Everyone nowadays have a dark golden tan. People make it seem like its a disease to be pale, when it actually makes a person look unique. In my personal opinion, i think paler people like higher in class.

Gee on

i think being pale looks more femanin. Everyone nowadays has a dark golden tan. People make it seem like its a disease to be pale, when it actually makes a person look unique. In my personal opinion, i think paler people look higher in class.

buzz on

Myself, I’m far more attracted to fair-skinned women. The tanned, overly-tanned, oompa-loompa look is overdone, looks leathery, and it looks awful when a woman with a dark tan is pale around her eyes. That just looks ridiculous! A woman with milky, creamy porcelain skinned smooth shapely legs just looks super attractive, especially since you don’t see much of it. The overly tanned women are all over the place, whats so special when they are a dime a dozen? The fair-skinned women tend to stay covered, so their skin doesn’t take the pounding from the sun and the elements like a oompa-loompa girl subjects her skin to. So while the fair-skinned lass looks like a porcelain doll, the tanning-booth junkie looks like a saddlebag with eyes.

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