As a Registered White Person Of Severely Anglo-Saxon Heritage, I have a very pale skin. When newly born, my hair was actually white-blonde, but later darkened to ash-blonde and then tawny-blonde in my twenties and thirties (and thence to gray, but we all know about that part). My eyes: blue. My skin has remained stubbornly pale — suntanning, in my case, is actually a brief period of ow-ow-ow burn red, followed by (if I’m lucky) a couple days of sorta-tanned, and then it reverts to its habitual color of white.
That’s me; but what it means is that as a paleface, I have no problem with light-complexioned women — in fact, in most cases I find pale white skin unbearably sexy. The old (Victorian?) attitude of “pale skin means ladylike, dark skin means farm worker” must somehow have wormed itself into my psyche — I have no idea if this is even possible, but who cares? — because my belle idéal has always been a pale, even fish-belly-white skin.
Hence of course my adoration of redheads. Here’s Julianne Moore, for example:
(I know she’s an insufferable liberal twerp, but I don’t want to talk politics to her; my discussions would preferably be more of a Ugandan nature.)
All this came to me when I read this little piece:
Angela Scanlon has revealed that while she’s embraced her glitzy Strictly [Come Dancing] makeover, there’s one show tradition that she won’t be adhering to. The presenter, 39, has revealed she’s drawn the line at having a spray tan during her time on the show after refusing to cover her naturally pale skin.
Angela, who is partnered with pro dancer Carlos Gu, previously admitted it’s taken her 15 years to accept her complexion, sharing the insight during an appearance on Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel, where her specialist subject was redheads.
Young Angela has featured on these pages before, so Loyal Readers will know of whom I speak. Here’s a reminder, for the forgetful / ignorant ones among you:
…and here she is in the aforementioned show:
And for those interested in such things, here are her legs, without fake tan:
I think I may need another Breakfast Gin. Or a cold shower.