Photo: Sim Chi Yin for The New York Times

Beach Essentials in China: Flip-Flops, a Towel and a Ski Mask by Dan Levin

"A woman should always have fair skin," one mask-wearing bather explained. "Otherwise people will think you’re a peasant."

Probably the same reason why Japan’s Geishas and 18th century French royalty painted their face white : "Otherwise people will think you’re a peasant." !!!

via @alexismadrigal

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