Hi. Will dark hair and pale skin ever become a standard of beauty? Where I live, Australia, I feel the standard of beauty is set at blonde hair and /or a tan. I say this because many girls are unhappy with their pale skin and get tans. It is also very popular for girls to go blonde or get lighter hair. I have the pale skin and dark hair combination and its natural so I can't do anything about it. I also get tired of constantly hearing that blondes are better and that a tan looks healthier. I think my features contrast nicely and I like to avoid the sun because I don't want to get suncancer (massive problem here in Aus). I was wondering if other people out there agree with me - that blonde hair/tan is overrated? and that the pale skin/dark hair combination deserves some recognition as well? What is your general perception of the pale skin/dark hair combination? Thanks.
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Throughout history pale skin + dark hair has been a standard of beauty in both Eastern and Western worlds. Asian women in many oriental countries would paint their skin white, their lips red, and wear raven-black wigs because this was considered the ideal height of beauty. Women in the 1500-1930's would regularly lighten their skin with chemicals or makeup to achieve the ideal coloring, and dark hair was considered just as ideal as any other color depending on the region and era.
Tanned skin and rigid muscle tone/twigginess were clear indicators of being from the poor (only the working class would have spent that much time toiling in the sun or eaten so little).
Women have been dying their hair black with a mix of henna + indigo since the time of Babylon to enhance the contrast between skin and hair. I think the current modern "ideal" of bleach blond hair and overly tanned skin is just a trend. It hasn't been around for long, nor is it likely to stay. Tan skin, "sub bleached" hair, and rigid muscle tone/twigginess give the "impression" of a person devoted to outdoor fitness, but only a certain number of people will find this "ideal". Most people and cultures still find ultimate beauty in the "Snow White" coloring, be it in a man or a woman.4