If you’re a regular visitor to Thailand you’ll know all about Thai ladies and their obsession with white skin. Maintaining a light skin tone is seen as a way of opening doors and enhancing their quality of life with the prospects of a higher social class marriage aand status. Dark skin to Thai girls is an announcement to everyone around ‘I’m a poor country girl and I work in the rice fields’.
However if you haven’t got any of those skin defence weapons at hand then a girl must make do.
I took the above photograph in Nong Khai and it shows the lengths Thai girls will go to in order to protect their skin colour.
On the right is a blown up crop of the photograph.
Whoever said Thai girls were lazy may have to reconsider their statement after I captured this young woman working real hard at keeping up her looks and complexion. Wouldn’t it be easier to just buy an umbrella.
The woman was carrying a large toy car along the shaded area of Nong Khai’s Tha Sadet Indo-China market but as soon as she broke cover and the sunlight hit her, the sunshield went up and over her head.
I reckon there is some kind of reasoning in the mad method employed but to my eyes Thai girls are truly beautiful irrespective of their skin colour.
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