05 Aug '12, 7am

Summer of the Balaclava-Wearing Women

Summer of the Balaclava-Wearing Women

You’d think summer would be the last time anyone would be thinking about balaclavas — but not this summer. China: Balaclava as Beachwear To make sure they do not acquire a tan associated with peasants, some middle-class Chinese women have been sporting balaclavas at the beach . A New York Times article describes what must be a surreal sight, women with pink, white and variously colored ski masks made of swimsuit material in the surf in Qingdao, in China’s eastern Shandong province. 58-year-old Yao Wenhua, a retired bus driver, simply says that she is “scared of getting dark.” She and other beach-going females in balaclavas clearly attest to a traditional Chinese saying, “Fair skin conceals a thousand flaws.” While a gynecologist, Sun Li, describes the face masks as “over the top,” she seems equally wary of the sun as she wears “a sun hat, sunglasses, a polka-dot surgical m...

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