China’s Terrifying “Facekinis”

According to the South China Morning Post, “many modern Chinese woman aspire to be: Bai-fu-mei (白富美). This portmanteau of three Chinese characters—‘white’, ‘rich’, and ‘beautiful’—puts white first.”

Something like this.

It’s Fan Bingbing. Be careful you don’t go blind. (Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

In order to achieve the look of pure porcelain, some Chinese women will go to extreme lengths.

A Chinese model undergoes a treatment that will ensure her skin remains white and healthy, during a demonstration at a Cosmetic and Beauty fair in Beijing. Honestly not sure how this is supposed to work. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Others simply avoid the sun.

But there’s a better way. One that doesn’t involve scary Frankenstein experiments or shutting yourself away in some closet. Meet the Facekini!

It’s like a bikini, but for your face. (Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Over the years, designs have become, at times, quite elaborate.

There’s a full body porcelain facekini.

China doll?

And even facekini fashion shoots.

Is this cultural appropriation? (Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Don’t worry fellas, there’s facekinis for you too.

The young man with the gun is actually the one being hunted… (Photo: Huang Jiexian/VCG via Getty Images)


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