Is pale skin really that unattractive?

I really hate my skin color! I know I should be happy with whatever I have blah blah blah but I can't help it.

I'm going on vacation in a couple days with a bunch of my friends (guys and girls) and I'm embarrassed to wear a swimsuit. I'll practically glow under the sun.

I have super white skin, really long dark wavy hair (until my lower back) and big brown eyes.

I'm almost as white as Amanda Seyfried: link


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  • In China & other Asian countries, pale skin is often considered more attractive. So much so that all moisturisers have a bleaching ingredient to make the skin paler.

    Of course that doesn't help you unless you're planning on moving to Asia!

    Nonetheless, pale skin isn't unattractive at all. In the UK, tanned is often seen as more sexy, but there's nothing inherently unattractive about pale skin. Plus pale skin looks a hell of a lot more attractive than poorly applied or over-done fake tan... White is a much nicer skin colour than orange lol!

    Don't worry about getting your body out and showing off your skin on holiday. Everyone is white after winter. Just have a laugh about it. Just don't be stupid like some people and burn on your first day so you don't look as pale. If you use plenty of suncream and get a slow tan over the course of your holiday it will look a lot nicer, a lot more even and it'll last a lot longer!

    So basically, don't worry about it in general, and use the holiday as a chance to get a bit of a tan so that for the rest of the summer you're happier getting your legs out and wearing skirts and things because they won't be quite so ghostly white lol.

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  • Nothing wrong with being paler, I'm not really that tan either. I'm kind of half way between tan and white. There is actually a girl I work with who is quite beautiful and she has white skin as well as blonde hair and blue eyehas so you don't need a tan to look good.

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  • I don't find pale skin unattractive at all , I once had a crush on a girl that I went to school with and she had really pale skin color , but she was still a beauty . Just relax and have fun on the beach :) and watch out not to get a sunburn (that's what you should care about :) )

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  • Being pale is awesome in the winter but it sucks in the summer, mostly because of sun burns. Just like being brown is great in the summer but it is useless in the winter. I suggest just know your limits and don't be in the sun too long. BTW I am brown skinned naturally but the girl I am dating is extremely pale. I guess it is true- opposites attract.

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  • Pale skin is really beautiful. I see girls with pale skin and it's amazing !! Your features sound unique and cool.

    I am dark chocolate skin tone :)

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  • This is the vampire era. With jet black hair too. Shoot get you some teeth and go with it. Pale skin can be very sexy. Put on that bikini and be confident. The mire confident you are th3 more attractive

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  • Embrace your paleness. I'm WHITE, so much so that even when I tan I'm only just about the same colour as my other Caucasian friends before they tan. I used to hate it but now I love it, I certainly stand out from the crowd, have very little skin damage caused by the sun and happily because I live in England I can fall in to the English rose category.

    There is such an obsession with tanning in the UK and U.S.A, it's just gone completely nuts. I prefer to be 'pale and unusual'.

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  • In India you would be worshipped. They love light skinned women.every skin product has a skin lightening ingredient. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.what's ugly to one person,might be attractive to another.I love pale white skin, even on men..hate the fake tan.I'm sure you are very pretty.

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  • Nothing wrong with it at all. I actually used to avoid the sun as much as possible to become paler as I had a phase were I thought it was so pure and beautiful.

    Just because "someone" said tanned is best, doesn't make it true.

    And if you're really worried about it, buy some good quality self tan spray/moisturizer so you darken up a bit for your bikini. by the way, don't worry, most people are super pale in the beggining of the summer so no one cares.

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  • Im pretty tan, but I live in an area where its sunny all year long. So here, its nearly impossible to have pale skin, and I guess is not as attractive to many people because it shows that you're not that active.

    But here, stick skinny girls, or white girls in general are NOT very attractive to most men.

    However, places in Europe and Asia, paleness is considered GORGEOUS.

    Bottom Line: I really think that it depends where you're from. Beauty is different in all places.

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    • I grew up living on the beach in South Florida and I've always been pale =P

  • I'm the same way, and for the longest time I tried tanning, but I just don't tan. And I realized that I like pale skin more than the tan lines you get and I think it looks very classy and feminine like a porcelain doll. A lot of women would kill to look like that :)

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    • EMbrace your paleness, it looks natural and beautiful.

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