In the 1800’s to the early 1900’s, shade of skin had determined the social classes. Those who were tan were seen as manual laborers and of low-class. Those who were paled skin were known to be wealthy and of high-class. It started in the 1920’s with a fashion designer, Coco Chanel, accidentally got burnt when visiting the French Riviera. Chanel liked the dark colored look of her new skin and decided to maintain the look by sun-bathing. (Tanning) When Chanel came back from her trip, people saw her and grown to like the tan look. In 1940’s, bathing suit became skimpier so more can show and allowed more skin to be tanned, and people started to use tanning oils. Then, tanned skin became a look that showed beauty. Today, tan skin has become a sign of youth and sex appeal. Some people have come to think of it as a “healthy glow”. But lately, tanning is become less popular then it once was. Actors and actresses ...
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