Donald Trump its trying to make some major changes lately, most notably to his appearance. It looks like he's getting tired of being called the Commander-in-Cheeto because he has remarkably scaled back on the tan that made him famous. Marie Claire spoke to a Cleveland makeup artist who has worked with Trump in the past about what's going on with his new look.
While Jason Kelly denies that he thinks Trump was spray tanning, he was doing something. Kelly tells Marie Claire, "I could tell he definitely does the tanning bed — or some sort of tanning with some sort of light — because he has that abrupt contrast around his eyes where they wear those goggles." But what's even more alarming is that, in his time in the White House, Trump has become more, well, white.
This I think conveys a pretty sinister message. Either he is listening to all the haters and is quite tired of SNL making orange Gatorade jokes about him or he's cut carrots out of his diet completely. But what seems even more realistic is that he is quite conscious of his skin tone and aware of how he looks on camera and wants to both emphasize and capitalize on his whiteness. It is both a statement and an intimidation tactic. It goes far beyond tanning.
Either way, as Kelly points out, Trump is getting plenty of sun on his frequent Mar-a-lago golfing trips, which he has taken several of since being sworn in. Both tanning and sun exposure are quite dangerous for people, even those of us blessed with melanin, so at the very least sunscreen should be a beauty bag staple.
We'll be keeping up with this tan in the months to come.
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