The standard of beauty is ever-evolving, with various aspects going in and out of style. Just as bell-bottoms made a quick comeback in the '90s and big butts are the new go-to feature for women, skin pigment is something that has surprisingly made the list for changeable features in Hollywood.
Everything from bleaching skin to extreme tanning has made its way into the celebrity world. With celebrities setting the trend for everything from apparel to makeup, it’s interesting how different fads can be seen in the real world. While you may not see people going to extremes with skin bleaching at the local mall, everyone can admit to witnessing a tanning disaster or two. Before the gang of Jersey Shore gained their 15 minutes of fame, they were just another group of regular people trying to stay on trend with the tanning fad. While you may have sat back with haughty derision when you’d see those orange-tinted MTV stars, there were some people that actually wanted to emulate the “darker the better” look.
In 2012, Patricia Krentcil became a viral sensation when she allegedly brought her five-year old daughter to a tanning salon. Patricia became known as “Tan Mom” since she was so obsessed with darkening her skin through any means necessary, and one look at her leathery face made people rethink the tan fad.
While some celebrities still indulge in bronzers and spray tans, others are showing that fair skin is definitely in. Embracing their natural color, check out these 15 celebrity beauties that flaunt their perfect porcelain skin.
15 Geena Davis
This Academy Award-winning actress has a long list of cult-worthy films in her professional career. While other actresses would be thrilled to have one film reach infamy, Geena Davis has been able to capture audiences in almost every genre of film. While fans loved her in Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own, she was reintroduced to audiences when she starred as Mackenzie Allen in the hit television series Commander in Chief. Not only did she give hope to little girls everywhere who dreamed of becoming the first female President of the United States, but she proved that her porcelain skin helped her to maintain a timeless look.
14 Kirsten Dunst
When searching for a child actress to play Anne Rice’s Claudia, for the film adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, who better than Kirsten Dunst? Nailing the vampire look with her porcelain skin, she never pandered to the tanning fad, even when transitioning out of the child actress phase. Instead, she took some roles that really helped accentuate her natural look. While she played in some mainstream films like Bring It On and the Spider-Man franchise, the role that best emphasized her fair skin was the 2006 film, Marie Antoinette. Showing a different side to the woman who supposedly said, “Let them eat cake” when confronted with the fact that her French subjects were starving in the streets, Kirsten Dunst brought new life to an 18th century story.
13 Emma Watson
When Emma Watson was first introduced to audiences through her role as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter film series, audiences wondered whether or not she would be able to transition into a full-on actress in Hollywood. While other child stars took drastic steps in their efforts to change public perception, Emma Watson didn’t quite take the Poison Ivy route to prove that she was all grown up. Instead, her transition was quite subtle, and she was able to change public perception through her stunning looks on the red carpet. Known for her timeless look and couture gowns, she proved that the British are perfect for pulling off the waif look.
12 Scarlett Johansson
From the moment Scarlett Johnansson appeared in Girl with a Pearl Earring, her career as an actress never had a stagnant moment. Quickly named the hottest new Hollywood “It” girl, her stellar performance in Lost in Translation proved she wasn’t just another pretty face. Acting in a variety of dramas and feel-good films, she started to expand the type of roles she accepted in Hollywood. Showing she could kick some serious ass as the Marvel character, Black Widow, and that she could make a man fall in love with her using only her voice in Her, Scarlett Johansson is a true beauty that has embraced her natural look.
11 Eva Green
Eva Green is no stranger to taking controversial roles. While other actresses tend to shy away from films and television characters that are required to show excessive nudity, Eva takes it in stride. Continuing to top herself with each new character she plays, it seemed impossible for her to take things any further than her breakout role in the NC-17 rated film, The Dreamers. Depicting a highly dysfunctional brother/sister relationship where she loses her virginity due to losing a bet, it didn’t seem like it could get any more controversial for her acting career. However, that definitely changed with her role in Penny Dreadful. Having a sexual relationship with a spirit, the devil, and a werewolf, Eva’s character couldn’t be played by anyone but her. Perfect for a period drama, her porcelain skin provided just the right look to go with the bustle-fashioned gowns.
10 Bryce Dallas Howard
Although you’d think the daughter of Ron Howard would be instantly recognizable in any film she acted in, Bryce Dallas Howard has a surprising way of being able to transform herself by immersing into a role. Playing the starring role in M. Night Shyamalan’s, The Village, the red-haired Victoria in the Twilight film series, and the lead female actress in Jurassic World; it’s quite possible that you were already a fan of her work without even knowing it. Rather than standing out with her memorable red hair and fair skin, she was able to use her natural looks to embrace whatever character she portrayed.
9 Jessica Chastain
Studying acting at the prestigious Juilliard School, Jessica Chastain has a long list of accolades including two nominations at the Academy Awards. While she’s proved her acting skills through the intense dramas Zero Dark Thirty and Interstellar, it’s some of her smaller roles that have earned the most respect by her peers in Hollywood. Playing a sweet-natured woman in The Help, audiences not only fell in love with the character but also the porcelain-skin beauty playing her. Embracing her fair skin and natural red hair, Jessica Chastain is a Hollywood beauty that refuses to conform to the tan fad.
8 Anne Hathaway
The idea of being world famous, immensely rich, and praised for your acting ability doesn’t exactly seem like it comes with many pitfalls. However, Anne Hathaway is a prime example of how the public can quickly turn on those with fame. Once thought of as one of America’s sweethearts, public perception turned against her in the worst way. In an interview with the Huffington Post, she responded to why she spent 2013 out of the spotlight by saying, “My impression is that people needed a break from me.” While people tend to have mixed feelings about Anne Hathaway in regards to her persona, no one can deny her stellar performance in Les Miserables or the beauty she embodies with her perfect porcelain skin.
7 Emma Stone
While Emma Stone isn’t the only actress that frequently changes her hair color, she does have the distinction of being an actress that can seemingly pull off any color to make it look natural. Donning a deep red for Gangster Squad, auburn for Easy A, and blonde for Birdman, she has the type of fair skin that allows a natural look for any hair color she chooses. While some actresses can turn out looking freckled and skewed, Emma Stone has been able to maintain her girl-next-door look. Rather than appearing doll-like and unrelatable, she has a homespun look that is just the right type of beauty for her varied Hollywood roles.
6 Mia Wasikowska
While the name might not immediately register recognition, Mia Wasikowska has actually starred in a number of Hollywood blockbuster films and worked with some of the biggest names of the industry. Not looking like a typical Hollywood beauty, she was the perfect pick for Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice In Wonderland. Since he seems to embrace all things outside of the norm, she portrayed Alice in a way that allowed the imagination to roam. This can also be seen in her character portrayal in Stoker, where her eccentricities molded well with the deeply disturbed storyline. However, it was her starring roles in such films as Jane Eyre and Crimson Peak that really showed off how her porcelain skin embodied her characters in period dramas.
5 Dita Von Teese
Proving that the standard of beauty really does come full circle, Dita Von Teese embodies the glamour and style of such pin up girls as Bettie Page. As a burlesque dancer, she became famous for her "Old Hollywood" style through more than just her patented red lips and deep ebony hair. Tacking on fashion icon as just another hat she wears, her fair skin is an integral part of her overall façade. While she isn’t formally credited for the rise of '50s style fashions in women’s apparel, her nostalgic looks have definitely contributed to its popularity in most recent years.
4 Cate Blanchett
There aren’t many actresses that have been able to reach the fame and prestige that Cate Blanchett has managed throughout her professional career. Boasting numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, Cate Blanchett is a highly respected actress that has worked with the biggest name directors and producers in the business. Winning Best Actress at the 2013 Oscars for her work in Woody Allen’s, Blue Jasmine, it seems that her career continues to move forward with each passing year. Her fair skin and chiseled looks make her a great option for period dramas and fantasy films, whether as the Queen of England in Elizabeth or as the elf queen Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings saga.
3 Winona Ryder
It’s not often in Hollywood that an actress actually becomes better looking with time, but that is definitely the case with Winona Ryder. While she was a fresh-faced beauty in the cult-classic, Heathers, she has since grown more comfortable in her own skin in most recent years. Her porcelain skin seems to remain the same as the years go by, which gives her an ageless look that can’t be denied. Showing she had the ability to play a youthful ballet dancer in Black Swan, it was amazing that she could play alongside Natalie Portman without audiences comparing the ages between the two starlets.
2 Nicole Kidman
When it comes to A-list actresses, it’s impossible to overlook Nicole Kidman. The epitome of beauty, style, and sophistication, she has played characters that are forever burned into the minds of the audience. From the curly-haired Irish look in Far and Away to the blonde beauty in Stepford Wives, she is an actress that has been able to create characters through her look. However, unlike other actresses that seem to overshadow their characters because of their beauty, Nicole Kidman is able to force audiences to see beyond her looks and delve deeper into the characters she portrays. Her fair-skinned look has served her well in period pieces like Cold Mountain and Grace of Monaco, but also played well in lighter roles like Bewitched and Practical Magic.
1 Keira Knightley
Many actors in Hollywood complain about being typecast. Whether it’s Tom Sizemore repeatedly playing in a soldier role or Jennifer Aniston stuck in a romantic comedy rut, many actors seem to have a specific category for the characters they portray. However, Keira Knightley has a professional career that transcends any parameters set forth by those in Hollywood. From a butch soccer player in Bend It Like Beckham to a regal socialite in The Duchess, her acting ability allows for a myriad of different opportunities in film. Her classic look and porcelain skin haven’t just landed her a wide variety of period pieces in film, but also a lucrative endorsement deal with Chanel. As the face of Coco Mademoiselle, it seems it’s not just the film industry that reveres her timeless look.