Here is a known fact in Malaysia, Thailand and other countries that resides in equatorial lines but perhaps not so obvious elsewhere.
“The natural light” in equatorial countries are relatively inferior to those in non equatorial.
The reason is because the sun tends to reach the overhead position much quicker and direct resulting in harsh and unforgiving photos. This affects a hosts of things, one of which is the skin tones.
Therefore if you lust after the kind of harsh looks of portraits found in Malaysia and related countries, you be hard pressed to be able to reproduce it in your country. But frankly, i envy you folks that is non-equatorial, you enjoy beautiful side lighting for many more hours on a daily basis and gets beautiful skin tones.