Remember the thigh gap trend in which photos where posted online to show the space between women's thighs to prove that they are so thin, their legs don’t even touch? Or the A4 waist challenge that swept the internet where women started posting photos of them holding a piece of paper to show how small their waists are?
From Audrey Hepburn to Jennifer Aniston’s face; from Marilyn Monroe to Victoria’s Secret models’ body type; from the thinnest to the thickest eyebrows, the definition of aesthetic beauty has indeed evolved over the past few years.
Would people in another generation still find you attractive? Everything around us is changing – even how we perceive beauty. Everyone has their own perspective on how they define the level of the attractiveness of a person. But how do other cultures define beauty? Here are the different cultures’ sets of different standards which proves that beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder.
10 New Zealand
To most countries, tattoos are common. Makeup tattoos or cosmetic tattooing are also becoming more popular these days because who wouldn’t want to wake up like this as flawless as Beyonce? However, in New Zealand, tattoos are considered a sacred ritual.
9 South Korea
You think you are pretty? Think again. Your beauty will be put to shame once you see South Koreans with those slim bodies, innocent faces, and spotless skin that is as bright as your whitest shirt. However, though, most of these fairytale-types of beauty are modified – thanks to cosmetic surgery.
In many western countries, most people spend more money in orthodontic braces just to have an aligned and straight set of pearly whites; but in Japanese culture, crooked teeth are considered to be youthful and attractive.
In an ethnic group in Myanmar, people would prefer to have longer necks – necks longer than a model’s “long neck” pose that we usually see in magazines.
While almost all of us are dreaming of having a model’s body, people in Mauritania prefer women who are plus-sized – extra plus-sized.
While most women are opting for lips like Kylie Jenner’s or for the famous Korean ombre lips, a tribe in Ethiopia called Mursi would prefer their lips to be plated once they reach the marrying age. The upper or lower lip is stretched and some teeth are removed to make way for the disc. Each disc, usually circular, is made of clay or wood and placed into the pierced hole.
In a tribe in Kenya, Africa, Maasai people believe that the more stretched your earlobes are, the more attractive you would become. Not only that, having elongated earlobes signifies age and wisdom – so the older you are, the more elongated earlobes you have.
While in most countries when a person sees elongated or sharp fangs, the first thing that would come to his mind is Dracula; but in Indonesia, it is considered beautiful.
As a sign of beauty and a woman’s social status, foot binding (also known as lotus feet) was a trend in China years ago. Women from poorer families even made this as an avenue to marry someone who has a higher social status.
Somehow, to most women in Iran, makeup contouring and highlighting is not enough. Hundreds of thousands of women each year undergo rhinoplasty surgery which makes them the “nose capital” of the world – beating America and South Korea.
They believe that wearing the hijab veils most parts of their face, and that is why they feel the need to enhance their features with cosmetic surgeries to achieve a doll-like face. Not enough budget for a surgery? Fret not because you can wear a bandage on your nose to tell the world that you’ve already had your nose done. Like they say, “fake it ‘till you make it”.
Sources: huffingtonpost.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk, today.com, theguardian.com, itv.com
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