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I Am Pale In a World That Tans

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    Red Hair and Fair Skin - Red hair runs in my family as well as the very fair skin that goes with it.  I spent one whole summer during high school doing everything I possibly...
    liza425 liza425 46-50, F 4 Responses Apr 27, 2008

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    Too bad the girls that tan are going to look even more aged and wrinkly down the road than ones who don't tan!
    kaylinrae kaylinrae 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 17, 2013

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    I don't get why people want to be so different, or just different from what they are. Most of the time, it's not what they are that makes them hurt, because it's a lot about hurt...
    WickedScullyOfTheWest WickedScullyOfTheWest 31-35, F Dec 14, 2013

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    Alabaster - I used to tan somewhat when I was younger, but stopped sunning so much when I was twelve. I can get tan still but veer on the side of a burn before it fades to one. I...
    BebeKitten BebeKitten 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 25, 2013

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    Milky White. - I am very pale, i never really liked that much but i hate fake women who have fake hair and fake eyelashes and fake tan and fake everything else. I have darkish...
    deleted deleted 26-30 16 Responses Nov 16, 2011

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    Call Me Casper - My entire family tans. Not me. I have been teased and called Casper the friendly ghost for years. Being porcelain skinned has its advantages though. I never have...
    emptyheart emptyheart 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 17, 2007

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    Thattttssss Me! - Ever hear the saying "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?"? well this wasnt just said to claim the queen or snow white as a good sport...
    enemyinthemirror enemyinthemirror 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 11, 2011

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    Love Your Skin - I can tan fairly easy but I prefer the natural unintended way. If I am going to sport a tan, let it be because I had a blast at the beach rather than going there...
    hazelwoodd hazelwoodd 26-30, F Aug 24, 2013

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    Pale and Proud! - I am just naturally pale. I live in Scotland and we didn't have a summer this year(well okay, we had a week of sunshine but that was it). You see all these girls...
    AnimeAnima AnimeAnima 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 7, 2008

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    I Am Lady Casper - i look so pale, i feel like im casper when I see myself in pictures! My skin also glows like a ghost! but I love my self and thank god! the other day I was...
    HelenParis HelenParis 22-25 Mar 30, 2012

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    Snow White,,, - ... was beautiful! And I bet she never had melanoma! Personally, I don't understand the appeal of the Oompa Loompa look. I mean, look at Dita over there! She's...
    OFFthecuff OFFthecuff 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 12, 2007

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    Pale Is Awesome! - I'm proud of my paleness. Pale skin and dark hair/makeup are absolutely beautiful. I honestly don't see the attraction in the Oompa Loompa look. Not to mention...
    dollfacezombie dollfacezombie 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 23, 2012

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    Pale Is Beautiful - All my life i've had stick about how pale I am, off family and people I don't even know! My family thinks it's funny to make up names about me,  names such...
    Evernight Evernight 31-35, F 7 Responses Nov 3, 2009

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    I Would Hate It - I would hate it if I were tan.  I've never thought tans looked good on anyone.  Plus, tans just cause sun cancer.  I like being really pale. ...
    NostalgicLies NostalgicLies 22-25, F 7 Responses May 4, 2008

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    Redhead - i'm so pale that i could be transparent. i actually enjoy being very pale. i don't have to fret about being tan because it would look so weird on me. i'm a redhead (by...
    gardenbeauty gardenbeauty 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 8, 2012

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    Living Dead Girl - Haha. Not really but Dead Girl was my nickname for many years, for a few reasons. I have always been pale. All my life, I've tried to tan, but I only burn and...
    FellidayaFiresong FellidayaFiresong 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 8, 2012

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    Tan But White In A Day - During the summer I get sun tans like no one else. I am always outside and living it up. Everything goes great but the first week of fail... I become as...
    Beatenrodent Beatenrodent 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 26, 2013

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    Wanna Know Why So Many People In Tokyo Don't Tan? - Now that I live here I realize why---the buildings are so tall that it blocks out the sun! I don't need to wear sunscreen and...
    Zerelja Zerelja 18-21, F Dec 31, 2011

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    Pasty-ness =( - I have a sort of "tanned-colored" face, but, my face is naturally slightly dark (I think "olive" is the word?) But, my body is pale and pasty...
    Hairstyle Hairstyle 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 12, 2007

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    The Curse of the White Skin. - I'm so pale and my skin burns so easily I have to wear long clothes even during a heatwave. I can't use a sunscreen either, because it causes a very...
    HoofFoot HoofFoot 19-21, F 5 Responses Aug 17, 2007

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    That's okay. I am always told I look young for my age
    Rebecca321 Rebecca321 22-25, F Jan 16

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    The Curse Of Red Hair - I will never tan because I can't. All I do is burn and then turn pale again.
    DemonKitty DemonKitty 26-30, F 4 Responses Sep 5, 2011

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    Been Pale All My Life. - I have alway's been fair skinned and burn at the drop of a hat. I get what the call a farmer's tan each year that only cover's my neck and arm's. I have...
    Robert1256 Robert1256 51-55, M 1 Response Apr 1, 2012

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    English Rose. - I have pale skin. Alabaster skin. In the sunlight, I practically look white. Partly because I don't get enough sunlight, but mostly I was just born with pale skin...
    tianajade tianajade 18-21, F 12 Responses Apr 12, 2013

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    No, I'm Not A Vampire. - Nor am I a scene or emo kid, i don't wear sunscreen every second of the day, and i don't slather white face paint on. I'm just very pale. I used to be...
    aliceXIONU aliceXIONU 18-21, F 3 Responses May 26, 2012

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    I Love Pale Skin.. - Pale skin is the most beautiful, Elegant skin , The best thing about pale skin, it look's amazing next to the Dark Chocolate color of my skin..
    fingers4351 fingers4351 36-40, M Mar 18, 2012

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    Why Tanning Is Popular... - My french teacher in 9th grade told us that in the 1920s (I'm pretty sure it was around that time), Coco Chanel declared tan was beautiful after a...
    sublimex sublimex 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 26, 2007

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    I Just Hate It When Someone Says . . . . - that i need to tan or get some sun or whatever words they choose. it ticks me off. first of all sun exposure is the cause of wrinkles...
    bpryczynski bpryczynski 51-55, F 2 Responses Mar 9, 2012

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    I hate being pale. I feel like my paleness makes my thighs seem wider. I can't wear shorts or skirts without burning or getting weird looks. What kind of lotion should I use to tan...
    dannielise dannielise 18-21 Apr 1

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    I get people asking me if I'm feeling ok because of how white I look. "Yeah, fine thanks" and it's this raised eyebrows expression. Eurgh! It's my natural skin shade ok, get over...
    AngelofPink AngelofPink 18-21, F 7 Responses Apr 1

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    I have two colors: white as a ghost and red as a lobster, nothing in between.
    anonymousfraud anonymousfraud 26-30, F Jan 16

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    Chemical Tanning Lotions And Sprays - I would be way too scared to go to a spray tanning place where I may come out looking orange. I am using this fake tanning creme that is...
    BiForce BiForce 26-30 Sep 14, 2012

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    It's Not Pale!!... - It's porcelain-skinned :)
    Saew Saew 26-30, F Mar 19, 2012

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    Just Don't Care - about tanning anymore. I used to care, and I used to hate pale skin. I was dyeing my hair blonde and tanning for years. People expected me to be tan as a blonde...
    ktd23 ktd23 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 18, 2012

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    Do You Tan? - I  have  never  layed  in  the   sun.  I  can   usually  get  enough  sun  just  by...
    rockybear397 rockybear397 47, F 3 Responses Apr 13, 2008

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    I DO NOT tan.LOL I'm very white. I burn (had many sunburns as a kid & some as an adult as well), I peel & then I'm white again! I used to want to be one of those people who...
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 28

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    Yeah For Us Pale People - my sister is approaching 30 and well the tanning is catching up to here. i am 3 yrs younger but my skin is clear and no wrinkles....... she is always...
    JadedGrace JadedGrace 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 14, 2008

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    Fake Tan - A few years ago I discovered fake tan as a way of hiding how pale my skin is. People would always comment on my skin and I got so sick of it... Where I'm from, not...
    untethered90 untethered90 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 15, 2013

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    Tans Are Nasty. - I will never ever EVER get tan. First off, I personally think non natural tans look gross. Especially when people go to tanning salons to get them done. Why would...
    KawaiiDoll KawaiiDoll 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 2, 2011

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    Love It - I love how pale my skin is. I have tanned in the past (both natural and self-tan), but it never looked right on me. My mother and grandmother both have terrible sun spots...
    ThistleWeed ThistleWeed 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 21, 2009

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    I Hate Sunbathing - I am pale not because I can't be tanned- my mum is very pale, being natural blonde, and she always tells me to sunbathe more. But, seriously, I hate that. Not...
    nicerain nicerain 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 31, 2007

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    I'M So Pale I Look Ill - My skin tone seem to lack any pink undertones at all. Instead I'm borderline yellow. Forget finding make-up in my shade everything looks like fake tanner...
    rainbowdasher rainbowdasher 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 7, 2013

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    Born to Be Pale - I have been pale all my life. I was sick of it one year, so I went to the park and literally burned. I was dead set on getting tan. I must have laid there for...
    joslyn joslyn 26-30, F 6 Responses Oct 24, 2007

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    Ask Me If I Care - I can get tan if i want to but I choose not to. If I try to get tan my freckles will come out and I hate my freckles. They just dont fit me well. Id rather be...
    angeliceyes11 angeliceyes11 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 27, 2012

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    Peaches And Cream - I have fair skin, auburn hair and blue eyes which means the sun and I are not exactly friends. I don't have to be in the sun very long (15 minutes maybe) before...
    ACuriousStudent ACuriousStudent 26-30, F Apr 2, 2012

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    Porcelain - My skin is light. Lighter than anyone I've met. People tease me. They tell me I need to be darker. They tell me i should change who I am. But I don't care what they...
    BlackTattooedEverything BlackTattooedEverything 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 24, 2013

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    The Skin I Am In - My mother Beverly had gorgeous caramel -floored skin and she told me that my father had a dark complexion as well. So I am American Indian and Italian. You would...
    choctawgrrrl choctawgrrrl 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 26, 2012

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    PALEFACE ...=-D - I guess I joined this group after my friend was teasing me and told me "For the love of god , get under a tanning lamp and tan!!" I had not realized till then...
    softkitti softkitti 22-25, F 50 Responses Nov 6, 2010

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    Summer Skin No Year Round - I was playing with my friend’s hand the other day and he said for the first time he actually noticed how light I am compared to him and the other...
    Floydess Floydess 18-21, F 12 Responses Aug 21, 2010

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    Fair Is Sexy. - I think the natural color of my skin is beautiful. Milky (or whichever hue you are) and smooth is sexy. My fair skin complements my bright green eyes and honey...
    wonderlust wonderlust 26-30, F 4 Responses Oct 25, 2007

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    Embrace Your Paleness - I find it ironic in the extreme that we live in a world where both 'minorities' (i.e. African American, Indigenous people) and the very pale are...
    Pixie87 Pixie87 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 19, 2009