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* Both averted and played straight by Madonna in her video for "Express Yourself", where Madonna herself is lit brightly enough that her super-pale skin seems whiter than the bedsheets she clings to (only the vital parts of) herself, while her lover has darkly tan skin by contrast.

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* Both averted and played straight by Madonna Music/{{Madonna}} in her video for "Express Yourself", where Madonna herself is lit brightly enough that her super-pale skin seems whiter than the bedsheets she clings to (only the vital parts of) herself, while her lover has darkly tan skin by contrast.

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd [[https://egscomics.com/egsnp/assorted-18a-011 drinks]] some magical tea that turns him into a SurferDude complete with a tan. Dan notes in TheRant that Tedd would pretty much never get a tan unless magic was involved.

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* Both averted and played straight by Madonna in her video for "Express Yourself", where Madonna herself is lit brightly enough that her super-pale skin seems whiter than the bedsheets she clings to (only the vital parts of) herself, while her lover has darkly tan skin by contrast.


Today, the extent of this trope varies from country to country. In most of Asia [[RavenHairIvorySkin paler is better]], but in the general western world, a light tan is a sign of healthy physical activity. Pale skin is often associated with being a [[HollywoodNerd nerd]], [[LonersAreFreaks shut-in]], or invalid. People who rarely venture into the sun will often be unwilling to wear shorts or take off their shirts in public for fear of revealing a "pasty" complexion beneath their standard clothing. Even people who lack the ability to tan will often be ashamed of their white skin tone.

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Today, the extent of this trope varies from country to country. In most of Asia [[RavenHairIvorySkin paler is better]], but in the general western world, a light tan is a sign of healthy physical activity. Pale skin is often associated with being a [[HollywoodNerd nerd]], {{goth}}, [[LonersAreFreaks shut-in]], or invalid. People who rarely venture into the sun will often be unwilling to wear shorts or take off their shirts in public for fear of revealing a "pasty" complexion beneath their standard clothing. Even people who lack the ability to tan will often be ashamed of their white skin tone.


[[caption-width-right:350: For fishes, being sun bleached is considered the "ultimate tan".]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: For fishes, But for fish, being sun bleached is considered the "ultimate tan".]]


Tanning reached its apex between UsefulNotes/TheSeventies and UsefulNotes/TheOughts (sans for TheEighties), where every actress and model had to have a dark orange tan in order to be considered attractive. Tan lines from swimsuits were not considered unattractive, but a "farmer's tan"--the kind you get by actually working outdoors--is still considered a sign of low social class. This has also led to the rise of tanning salons, sunbeds and hours of sun-exposure without any form of UV protection, which consequently led to a rise in skin cancer, particularly in young people.

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Tanning reached its apex between UsefulNotes/TheSeventies and UsefulNotes/TheOughts (sans for TheEighties), where every actress and model had to have a dark orange tan in order to be considered attractive. Tan lines TanLines from swimsuits were not considered unattractive, but a "farmer's tan"--the kind you get by actually working outdoors--is still considered a sign of low social class. This has also led to the rise of tanning salons, sunbeds and hours of sun-exposure without any form of UV protection, which consequently led to a rise in skin cancer, particularly in young people.


* Nicola Roberts of the British pop group Music/GirlsAloud was often derided as "[[HollywoodHomely the ugly one]]" in the press because her extremely pale skin and bright red hair made her stand out [[http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44933000/jpg/_44933710_pa_girlsaloud466.jpg in stark contrast]] to her bandmates' tanner complexions. It's mostly abated by now as she has used her paleness as the basis for starting and marketing a successful make up range for pale women.

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* Nicola Roberts of the British pop group Music/GirlsAloud was often derided as "[[HollywoodHomely the ugly one]]" in the press because her extremely pale skin and bright red hair made her stand out [[http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44933000/jpg/_44933710_pa_girlsaloud466.jpg in stark contrast]] to her bandmates' tanner complexions. It's mostly abated by now as she has used her paleness as the basis for starting and marketing a successful make up makeup range for pale women.

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* ''Series/DearWhitePeople'': A lot of black people dislike Sam because she is mixed race, judging by her comments about being called things like "half breed" or "Zebra". She possibly overcompensates in reaction by being a militant activist about all issues which affect black people.


* ''Series/DearWhitePeople'': The black nationalist group Shadow of the Crescent dislike seeing Elizabeth when she comes with Kurdy to forge links with them for Thunder Mountain, because she's light-skinned, of mixed race descent and has a "white" name. Kurdy calls them out on this soundly, noting how many leaders in black empowerment (including the nationalists like Malcolm X) were themselves of mixed race descent, and certainly didn't reject those who were.

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* ''Series/DearWhitePeople'': The black nationalist group Shadow of the Crescent dislike seeing Elizabeth when she comes with Kurdy to forge links with them for Thunder Mountain, because she's light-skinned, of mixed race descent and has a "white" name. Kurdy calls them out on this soundly, noting how many leaders in black empowerment (including the nationalists like Malcolm X) were themselves of mixed race descent, and certainly didn't reject those who were.


Tanning reached its apex between TheSeventies and TheOughts (sans for TheEighties), where every actress and model had to have a dark orange tan in order to be considered attractive. Tan lines from swimsuits were not considered unattractive, but a "farmer's tan"--the kind you get by actually working outdoors--is still considered a sign of low social class. This has also led to the rise of tanning salons, sunbeds and hours of sun-exposure without any form of UV protection, which consequently led to a rise in skin cancer, particularly in young people.

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Tanning reached its apex between TheSeventies UsefulNotes/TheSeventies and TheOughts UsefulNotes/TheOughts (sans for TheEighties), where every actress and model had to have a dark orange tan in order to be considered attractive. Tan lines from swimsuits were not considered unattractive, but a "farmer's tan"--the kind you get by actually working outdoors--is still considered a sign of low social class. This has also led to the rise of tanning salons, sunbeds and hours of sun-exposure without any form of UV protection, which consequently led to a rise in skin cancer, particularly in young people.


* It's a staple of Pro Wrestling that many wrestlers will have to tan when competing on shows as the lights in the arenas will make them appear more pale than they actually are, as Sheamus demonstrates. This is especially glaring (no pun intended) in larger arenas where high intensity lights are needed and are thus not flattering to those with pale skin. According to Maria Kanellis, the wrestlers in WWE previously just used fake tan but when they switched to HD they had to start tanning naturally. Wrestling/RandyOrton [[InJoke mocked]] Wrestling/{{Christian}} for continuing to use fake tanner in the HD era, as it makes his skin appear yellow.

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* It's a staple of Pro Wrestling that many wrestlers will have to tan when competing on shows as the lights in the arenas will make them appear more pale than they actually are, as Sheamus demonstrates. This is especially glaring (no pun intended) in larger arenas where high intensity lights are needed and are thus not flattering to those with pale skin. According to Maria Kanellis, Wrestling/MariaKanellis, the wrestlers in WWE previously just used fake tan but when they switched to HD they had to start tanning naturally. Wrestling/RandyOrton [[InJoke mocked]] Wrestling/{{Christian}} for continuing to use fake tanner in the HD era, as it makes his skin appear yellow.


* In ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries arc "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous", Meathead, while coaching the newly-rich Ricardo on how to look the part, says he's too pale and needs a tan, because "all rich people have fake tans", though it ends up a real tan in Ricardo's case...and a very streaky one at that.

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* In ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries arc "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous", Meathead, while coaching the newly-rich Ricardo on how to look the part, says he's too pale and needs a tan, because "all rich "rich people have love their fake tans", though it ends up a real tan in Ricardo's case...and a very streaky one at that.

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* In ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries arc "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous", Meathead, while coaching the newly-rich Ricardo on how to look the part, says he's too pale and needs a tan, because "all rich people have fake tans", though it ends up a real tan in Ricardo's case...and a very streaky one at that.


* In ''Film/FinalDestination3'', two of the would-be roller coaster victims are a couple of shallow blondes who decide that the best way to prepare for their graduation is to go to the tanning salon, just like when they tanned to get ready for the funeral of their classmates who died in the coaster crash. This being a ''Film/FinalDestination'' movie, this ends really badly for both of them.

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* In ''Film/FinalDestination3'', two of the would-be roller coaster victims are a couple of [[DumbBlonde shallow blondes blondes]] who decide that the best way to prepare for their graduation is to go to the tanning salon, just like when they tanned to get ready for the funeral of their classmates who died in the coaster crash. This being a ''Film/FinalDestination'' movie, this ends really badly for both of them.

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