Spray Tan Politics


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Suntanned skin became a seasonal beauty standard for wealthy white women in the 1920s. Cristen and Caroline explore the class and colorism behind our tanning tradition and spotlight why there's far more than Coco Chanel's revolutionary sunburn.

Episode Sources:

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"Black girls tan, too" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melissa-henderson/black-girls-tan-too_b_5575365.html?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000242&te=SMNTY

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Academic Insights:

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