Joshua Chasseur

Do humans naturally like fairer skin?

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The evolution of skin color in humans is a well characterized trade off between vitamin D synthesis, and susceptibility to UV damage. The relative "attractiveness" of melanistic skin is, I imagine largely cultural and variable between populations, and individuals within populations.

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I also believe it is a cultural thing. In the past people did not want to have dark skin as it was like if you were low class and work in the fields. Nowadays I think it is more of a personal taste thing, I personally have always been attracted to darker skin.

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