Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School student Holly Bidgood shows off her original skin. Holly and some of her IGGS friends designed the winning poster for the Cancer Council Queensland’s Original Skin competition.
Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School student Holly Bidgood shows off her original skin. Holly and some of her IGGS friends designed the winning poster for the Cancer Council Queensland’s Original Skin competition. Claudia Baxter

Ipswich teens not hot for tanning

TANNING is so not in - just ask students at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School.

They have taken out the title of "school winner" in the Cancer Council's Original Skin competition for their poster-themed entry "pale is the new tan".

Holly Bidgood, a student who worked on the poster, said they wanted to promote loving the skin you were in.

"We wanted to show that you don't need to be tanned to be pretty," she said.

Student Abby Baker said fashion was changing and celebrities were showing pale could be cool.

She said the stars, such as the cast from the hit television series Glee, were showing there were different kinds of beauty.

"People like Dianna Argon and Heather Morris, they're pale and also really pretty," she said.

She said actress Ann Hathaway was another role model who showed pale could be beautiful.

Fellow student Georgina Austin said people should be happy with their natural colour.

"I think if you're born with a certain skin tone then that's what suits you," she said.

New research by the Cancer Council has found a growing number of teens no longer think tanning is hot.

The study has revealed a 15% drop since 2003-04 in the number of teens who prefer a tan and only 12% of teens believe a tanned person is healthier.

Queensland Cancer Council SunSmart co-ordinator Rachel Adams said the results showed public health campaigns were having an effect.

"At the Cancer Council we want to promote that people should be comfortable in their own skin," Ms Adams said.

She said while it was encouraging to know teens were being turned off tanning, there was still a long way to go in promoting the sun smart message.

Ipswich Girls' Grammar had seven students enter the Cancer Council's Original Skin competition, which asked teens to show through short film, image and creative writing, why 'original skin is in and tanning is out'.

The school will receive a personalised SunSmart marquee with its name on it.



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