Potential Problems with the Fitzpatrick Scale?

The current industry standard for a skin color scale is the Fitzpatrick Scale, which was originally invented to test UV sensitivity for different skin colors. However, there seems to be a few flaws to this choice of scale:

  1. Limited to only 6 categories, the Fitzpatrick Scale is not inclusive enough, omitting some skin types
  2. Individuals who utilize this scale tend to conflate skin tone with race and ethnicity, identifying race through the scale

The new scale, the Monk Skin Tone Scale, is a restructured metric that includes 10 categories, attempting to be more inclusive yet concise enough that the use of it for AI model training is still efficient.