Chinese Fad: Ski Masks at the Beach
August 4, 2012
The New York Times:
QINGDAO, China — It was enough to make a trio of heavily tattooed young men stop their playful splashing and to prompt a small boy to run to his mother in alarm: a woman rising out of the choppy waves of the sea, her head wrapped in a neon-orange ski mask.
The masks, made of stretchy fabric commonly used in bathing suits, are catching on as beachwear in Qingdao, a German colony before World War I and home to the Tsingtao Brewery.
“A woman should always have fair skin,” one mask-wearing bather explained. “Otherwise people will think you’re a peasant.”
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