Notice how the young women on the scooter is covered from head to toe?
About 14 years ago, on my second trip to Vietnam - - I thought the women in Vietnam was just trying to be conservative in their sense of fashion. However, after discussing with a few of the locals here, it is actually just a difference in culture.
Perhaps it is to avoid those pesty mosquitos? I mean, Vietnam does have a tropical climate so that would seem like a likely hypothesis, right?
The truth behind the full coverage?
The Vietnamese women prefer being light-skinned because that skin color is considered to be more beautiful.
With all the tanning salons in America, it makes one think about the cultural differences - - even the small ones.
No wonder other women look at me funny when I'm dressed in a tank top and a skirt! The moral of this blog? Each culture will have its own preferences, norms, expectations, and mores. What is important is that you are comfortable in your own skin - - no matter where you are and where you come from. And, quite personally, I dig the Vitamin D that I soak up here in Vietnam each and everyday!
Love the skin you're in ~ when you do that, everyone can see how truly beautiful you are.