Really? But you don’t LOOK Brazilian…

20140724_183210Tessa Voget,
Atlanta, GA.

To say I have a complex about how pale I am is putting it mildly. I vacillate between wishing I were more golden, to meet Americans’ (and even my own family’s) expectations — and getting super defensive, layering on the SPF while feeling guilty about the privileges porcelain skin bestows upon me. I recently heard the term “melanin deficient” for a white person and felt worse than ever about it all.

 

Really? But you don’t LOOK Brazilian…

20140724_183210Tessa Voget,
Atlanta, GA.

To say I have a complex about how pale I am is putting it mildly. I vacillate between wishing I were more golden, to meet Americans’ (and even my own family’s) expectations — and getting super defensive, layering on the SPF while feeling guilty about the privileges porcelain skin bestows upon me. I recently heard the term “melanin deficient” for a white person and felt worse than ever about it all.

Really? But you don’t LOOK Brazilian…

20140724_183210Tessa Voget,
Atlanta, GA.

To say I have a complex about how pale I am is putting it mildly. I vacillate between wishing I were more golden, to meet Americans’ (and even my own family’s) expectations — and getting super defensive, layering on the SPF while feeling guilty about the privileges porcelain skin bestows upon me. I recently heard the term “melanin deficient” for a white person and felt worse than ever about it all.

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