Monday, 7 April 2014

tanning

Is there such a thing as too much? Is 'too much' Katie Price or has she set the standard we should all be aiming for? In a culture seemingly obsessed with tanning, is there really such a thing as pale and beautiful? When we say 'oh I just love her porcelain skin' do we really mean 'she needs to get busy with St Tropez?'.

It's interesting to see the shift in fake tan acceptance. I remember when I was in my early teens there was a touch of embarrassment about using fake tan. Magazines regularly used to mock celebs for using fake tan and seemed to revel in drawing big red circles around their dodgy orange application mistakes (oh, they actually still love doing that).

Perhaps the best and most recent example of tan acceptance was the royal wedding. Pippa and Kate M had clearly both been at it - either they had just come back from a month in Mauritius or they had a recently had an experience of paper pants (probably designed by Sarah Burton). I reckon it's the latter. Their tans were just too even to be real. So it's safe to say that if the future Queen of England feels happy to walk down the aisle dipped in the brown stuff, it is officially nationally accepted.

But the question still remains, how much can we get away with? At what point do family and friends need to stage an intervention? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Perma-tan, natural glow or pale and interesting?

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