Why do most Filipino women want to have white skin?

Philippines
August 25, 2009 8:20pm CST
First of all, I am a man and have a brown skin, and very proud of it because it's a nature for being a Filipino. When I was younger, I am really that particular with the color of skin of women but rather how they bring themselves and their self-confidence. However, I am just wondering why most Filipino women want to change their color from brown to white. I am also seeing a lot whitening products that are doing well in the market. Is being white really more beautiful than white? Thanks!
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19 responses
@lilaclady (28285)
• Australia
26 Aug 09
I guess it is human nature to want what you don't have, why do white womwn lay out in the sun, even risking cancer to get brown skin...we are a funny lot I think.
@donsky14 (5965)
• Philippines
26 Aug 09
I so agree with that. Human can never be satisfied.
• Philippines
26 Aug 09
i agree with that too. People tend to envy others.. white skin seems to be more attractive to look at for them.
• China
26 Aug 09
I agree.I also think human really can never be satisfied.
@advokatku (3997)
• Indonesia
26 Aug 09
lol. white skin not only dream filipino women but this dream all women in the world. This actually is bad because in imagine them white is meaning clear and more beauty but in the fact, white not always mean beauty
@jules67 (2791)
• Philippines
26 Aug 09
Well, you are right with that. Having whiter skin does not mean totally good looking. What is best is that you keep things natural as it is.
• Philippines
1 Sep 09
I also want white skin, although I am already have fair complexion. White skin looks neat and clean. They look fresh. Some describe beauty as white , magentic and spectacular. Some sees white skin as beauty because some of the stars or celebrities have white skin, so they like to have that too because celebrities look beautiful in tv. But truly white skin are more sensitive to skin disease than brown skin. They are sensitive to freckless because their skin is sensitive under the sun.
@rainmark (4309)
30 Aug 09
If filipino women want to have white skin because they don't have fair skin and for them it's beautiful. WHite women they wanted to have tan skin. oh this is crazy lolz. I have a tan/brown skin. And i love it, women here are so jealous on my skin, they always looked at me lolz.
• United States
27 Aug 09
I think people just want what they cannot have. Caucasian women likes having tanned skin and use tanning lotions while Asian women like having white skin and use purifying lotions. It is a bit ironic but I think any skin color is pretty.
@eLsMarie (4135)
• Philippines
27 Aug 09
most Filipina prefer to look whiter because of their belief that white skinned women are more attractive than those of the brownish or tan complexion. :) men were labeled to having brown skin and they're much attractive with that skin tone.
• Philippines
26 Aug 09
Sometimes people are not always satisfied as they look and if they're black, they would want whiter skin and if white, would like to have a tan. It's human nature I guess but it's not always good and it's much better to love what you have and treasure it.
@xtedaxcvg (3192)
• Philippines
26 Aug 09
My wife has dark skin, "Morena" for the Pinoy slang, and that would be the reason why I got attracted to her. I guess it depends on the taste of the beholder. Some people love dark complexion while some like fair ones.
@magickat (382)
26 Aug 09
I don't know why this is the case, but I guess it is similar to why so many Western women want to be tanned rather than white! We simply want what we can't have, to be what we are not. I worked on a beauty site for a while and was astounded by how many whitening products we came across from Asia, I hadn't realised before what a big deal it was.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
26 Aug 09
that I cant tell ya . now me I like to be tan and I am mostly tan all year round. BUt my daughter in law from Panama wont get in sun and she has fits tha my grand daughter is very tan . She wont let her son in the sun either . Go figure not wanting to be the color you are!
@patofgold23 (5075)
• Philippines
26 Aug 09
i don't get it too... they just don't realize how beautiful their skin are......... I am mixed race, but have a lot of filipino blood in me... unfortunately, i didnt get the Filipino skin........ oh boy how I love to have that complexion....... when I am in U.s.............. nobody looks at me coz I seem so ordinary, like a vanilla ice cream. but when you see toned skins like filipinas, men's head literally turn........ im soooooooooooooooooo jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i di get the Hawaiian trpoic tanning lotiotn...........it wrks for a while.. but it takes lots of work toooooooooo... oh well.. we should just all be happy for what we have,i guess!
@sblossom (2170)
26 Aug 09
I think there are some cultural and historical reasons. In some Asian countries white skin is considered to be beautiful and upper class colour. People in the lower class need to work under sunshine in long period. Their colours became brown or black. So it made the white colour a signal of class status and made people purchasing white colour. However it already changed a lot. Now people think no matter what color you face is, Smooth skin is the most important. But the make up producers still want to use the ideas to sell their products and mislead consumers.
• Philippines
26 Aug 09
hi fatherblogger. I think its the standard of beauty in the Philippines. Filipinos tend to look at women with fairer skin attractive because thats how our celebrities look like. Most of the Filipino actresses have white skin and they would usually endorse whitening products. I think that's how most Asian women think. But the irony is, in the USA, women go to tanning salons which you can never find in the Philippines. You would see them for hours in beaches sun bathing. In the Philippines, we can find women with umbrellas to protect themselves from the heat of the sun.
@webearn99 (1744)
• India
26 Aug 09
It is the same story everywhere in the world! We in India are bombarded by fair skin products and bleaching services. Look at the Caucasians, they have the fairest of skins and yet spend millions to get tanned. Yes! they have a desire to look like a grilled sausage. I think it is what we don't have, that is most desirable. And it starts with the thing closest to us, our skin. In Asia almost all the folklore describes fair skin as a very desirable thing, and so the desire.
@bigplay (212)
• United States
26 Aug 09
I never heard of this stuff going on, i think fillipino women are some of the prettiest women in the world, they have that pretty dark hair. I don't think they should change.
@kun2349 (23484)
• Singapore
26 Aug 09
haha =D IT's natural!!! That does not only applies to filippino woman, but other woman in asia too.. Just like some european man and woman, they are not contented with their fair white skin and thus they wann it to be tanned!! lol =D There are different meanings to beauty to all of us, and thus we can say, being white is really more beautiful.. BEauty lies in the eyes of beholder, and there's nothing much we can do to them ^_^ haha
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
26 Aug 09
I also wonder about that... I have this brown skin... not too light and not too dark... and i wouldn't change it for the world... i love my skin color and i think other Filipina should also feel the same way about their skin... I think the main reason why a lot of Filipinos go for these whitening products i because of those commercials and tv programs that promote being white is beautiful... and that should be outlawed... since it give the wrong impression that having brown skin is something not to be proud of...
@drannhh (14676)
• United States
26 Aug 09
I have seen these whitening products and some are quite dangerous and should not be used by anyone. But the important thing is that changing one's appearance from what it is to something else usually does not improve anything, except maybe the person's self-esteem, but I wonder why. So many people with white skin spend time and money trying to make it brown and then those with brown skin do the opposite! If I were male (which is hard to imagine!) I would not be attracted to any woman who used artificial means to try to change herself to something she is not.
@GardenGerty (71709)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Aug 09
Everyone seems to want what they do not have. In the States white women want to be tanned and brown.They get self tanners. I think the Filipina women I have met had beautiful skin, and the brown is really lovely.