Studying 18th century art history has brought a whole new annoyance into my life. Since when was being pale and plump no longer as attractive as a dark tan and thin legs. In history it was "taboo" to sport a bronze glow because it was a mark of a field worker who was always in the sun. Also, it was completely normal to be a little soft in the stomach. Oh my pale, pasta loving self would have been looking so fine in the 1700's.
Why would society choose this? Come on, how much more simple can it get. No tanning beds, spray tans, treadmills, stairmasters, lotions that make you look diseased, sweating in the sun, fasting before spring break. What a wonderful world.