Don't you wish celebrities would just keep their mouths shut? I see Elle McPherson on the front page of the newspaper saying that she "tans safely". Oh why did models become super and how did they gain so much power anyway. Here in Australia we have the highest rate of melanoma in the world. Each year over 8000 people are diagnosed with it and over 1000 of them will die. It is the most common form of cancer in the 15 to 24 age group. At the moment there is a strong TV campaign on called The dark Side of Tanning. It's fairly graphic as they have discovered that teenagers need graphic images to get the message across. They make it quite clear – there is no such thing as safe tanning. Then you get Elle, who over the years has tanned herself to a nice piece of leather saying she tans safely. If they want someone to promote sun safety why don't they use Nicole Kidman or Cate Blanchett – who have hardly ever seen a ray of sunlight and look gorgeous. They blow away the myth that aussie girls need to be sunkissed and bronzed to look good.
My daughters are on totally different ends of the spectrum. Thought wise and colour wise. Kimba is almost shocking in her paleness and has always been proud of it. Lizzie feels that brown is best and I think she'd spend a lot of time sunbaking if she didn't find it so hot and boring. I hear myself telling her almost every day – no such thing as safe tanning but try talking to a 15 year old girl. Man, how'd they get so smart. I tell you they know everything!