Swimmers wanting to “avoid a tan” in China have been wearing these face protecting masks called “Facekinis.”
Fill In The Blank: These “facekinis” that beachgoers in China are rockin look like __________________________________.
The styles and colors of the masks suggest a huge happy beach party attended by some lesser superheroes, Mexican wrestlers and perhaps a few bank robbers is underway. In fact, government officials have become concerned that the masks could be used to rob banks, according to a report in The New York Times. The masks are an outward expression of a Chinese understanding of beauty in terms of skin color.
“I myself don’t mind getting tanned, but I can see why pale skin is attractive,” Alina Zhao, a college student in the U.S. who grew up in Zhejiang, China, said.
“It definitely has to do with the history of China, which is largely an agricultural society,” she added. “Getting tanned means you work outside in the fields a lot, so skin color is like an indicator of your social status. The fairer you are, the wealthier or more respected you seem.”