I always impressed on my girls the importance of sunscreen so they were very fair, too. They did get teased especially because we live near the beach in southern CA, but they're happy now they have less chance for skin cancer!
Good! Sadly, I'm not. I am a southern CA beach are girl and when I was young I did awful things to my skin in the name of suntans and vanity. SPF either wasn't invented yet or was in its infancy then. I regularly put a mixture of baby oil and iodine on my skin and had numerous bad sunburns. So far I haven't gotten skin cancer, but it wouldn't surprise me if I did at some point..