Confronting the Modern Era

Dig Deeper: Why didn't 19th century people want to have a tan?

During this time, and earlier ones, people who had a tan were ones who were laborers and worked outside a lot.  More refined people didn't want anyone assuming that they worked outside, so they tried to keep their skin from tanning.  Women thought white, non-tanned skin was more beautiful.  They would use bleaching creams and lotions to try and get their skin whiter.


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