Do you think in 1838 that it was important to look fair?....Well in England at that time it was definitely a pre-requisite for beauty - it was simple, if you 'ad a tan you worked in the fields, if you did n't you were 'igh society and stayed inside sewing and painting and enjoying afternoon tea, ladies of leisure.
Now it's 2009 and we can achieve a much sort-after 'field-tan' out of a bottle (St. Tropez still seems to be the hot favourite), by sitting on a sun-bed or soaking up the rays on the beach (pleeze use sun-cream!). The west wants to be bronzed (think Gordon Brown!) and the east wants to be pale! Go figure... but guess the saying ' the grass is greener on the other side' is apt here...
How fashions come and go my darlings.
In India and Asia .....'white still seems to be right' and fairness creams are marketed in a 'uge way and sold to the lovely, dusky, golden masses.....Bollywood heroes and heroines - King Khan, Saif, Priyanka all endorse these products. Ummm, the fat mu team I know have always been sceptical of advocating these lotions and potions, thinking that you should embrace your natural skin type whatever you are.....India has a vast array of skin colours - it's a complete Benetton Ad...a little bit of everything......From dusky, golden, terracotta, fair, honey-dipped, hazelnut, caramel, teak - it all exists within India's borders and it's beautiful.
Is it a colonial hang-over you think?
We at fat mu are of course pro-choice - buy what you want, but people ....just think about what you are buying and what you are buying into.....variety is the spice of life and we should celebrate all our wonderful colours from fair and lovely Isha Sharvani, to honey-combed Freida Pinto and dusky beauty Konkona Sen.
Our lovely Indian beauty from Slumdog Millioinaire - fat mu designed Hair & Make-up - photo by Celador / Ishika Mohan
And we say follow make-up brands who allow everyone in on the creative fun - whatever colour you are - Bobbi Brown, MAC are examples where everyone is welcome to be who you are....and be the best you can be....
So......back to our poem...we are not sure why Monday's Child is fair of face....could be sickness, fright, fatigue..post weekend 'angover perhaps? ...'oo knows? But Mulain's adds his favourite tip du jour.....there is always the good old rouge to warm the child up... and that goes for all of you too....my last name is not rouge for nothing you know....
Ciao for now....Mulain x