Actress Fan Bingbing is one of the hottest female celebrities in China. Chinese internet users employ a portmanteau to describe the most desirable females: Bai-fu-mei puts white (bai) skin color on top of wealth (fu) and beauty (mei). Photo: SCMP PicturesActress Fan Bingbing is one of the hottest female celebrities in China. Chinese internet users employ a portmanteau to describe the most desirable females: Bai-fu-mei puts white (bai) skin color on top of wealth (fu) and beauty (mei). Photo: SCMP Pictures
Actress Fan Bingbing is one of the hottest female celebrities in China. Chinese internet users employ a portmanteau to describe the most desirable females: Bai-fu-mei puts white (bai) skin color on top of wealth (fu) and beauty (mei). Photo: SCMP Pictures

Bai fu mei: China’s obsession with white skin and ‘trophy’ partners may stem from genetic mutation 15,000 years ago, scientists say

New international study led by Chinese team finds the diverging complexions of Han Chinese and native Africans and Southeast Asians was caused by a mutation of the OCA2 gene 15,224 years ago

Topic |   China science
Actress Fan Bingbing is one of the hottest female celebrities in China. Chinese internet users employ a portmanteau to describe the most desirable females: Bai-fu-mei puts white (bai) skin color on top of wealth (fu) and beauty (mei). Photo: SCMP PicturesActress Fan Bingbing is one of the hottest female celebrities in China. Chinese internet users employ a portmanteau to describe the most desirable females: Bai-fu-mei puts white (bai) skin color on top of wealth (fu) and beauty (mei). Photo: SCMP Pictures
Actress Fan Bingbing is one of the hottest female celebrities in China. Chinese internet users employ a portmanteau to describe the most desirable females: Bai-fu-mei puts white (bai) skin color on top of wealth (fu) and beauty (mei). Photo: SCMP Pictures
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