(They look like they’re having a ball)
I’m a big fan of the TV series Downton Abbey. (Did you watch the Christmas Special?) The other day, I stumbled across some of the delightful fluff the Daily Mail has been turning out about the show. This includes an interview with the actresses who play the Crawley sisters. Apparently they aren’t allowed to tan in order to maintain period authenticity for their characters. Of course that caught my attention.
I don’t know much about the Daily Mail, but they seem to be favoring pale skin in regular articles like “Proud to be Pale: Goodbye to the Creosote Look! Alabaster Skin is Back in Vogue“. I guess the title says it all, but they do show quite a few examples of “pale beauty,” as well as pointing out that tanning is quite silly.
I suppose it’s hardly surprising that in a country which is experiencing a deep level of financial austerity, it would become unfashionable to pay for something like temporary skin color.
Pippa Middleton’s hue surprised me when I saw the wedding of her sister and the prince last year. Is this a good look, or is it a trifle dated? I think she’s a pretty girl under the color, but I do find the fake tan jarring.
What do you think? Is pale skin really back “in” if the Daily Mail takes notice? I return to this question repeatedly because I find it incredibly interesting to watch a shift in beauty perception like this. The last time was back in the 30’s, when Chanel tanned to shock the upper class Parisians. Does pale skin have its own shock factor these days? Why?
More importantly, how long before the teenagers catch on?