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12 Bizarre Features Considered Sexy Around The World

Beauty is oppressively weighed and measured by big marketing in the West; sampling other cultural standards is a surefire way to break out of these idealistic - and, in many cases, unrealistic - expec

Beauty is oppressively weighed and measured by big marketing in the West; sampling other cultural standards is a surefire way to break out of these idealistic - and, in many cases, unrealistic - expectations. These foreign marks of beauty remind us of the endless variations of the human experience. The result is some much-needed perspective: What would you find beautiful if you were born in Thailand, rural New Zealand or China in the 11th century, and how would this lens colour your existence? To us, some of these standards don't just seem arbitrary; they're often the very opposite of our own, and in some cases downright frightening. Sizes, shapes, accessories and… Broken toes? Here are 12 bizarre and fascinating standards of beauty to behold around the world.

13 Crooked Teeth

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12 Long Necks

11 Face Tattoos

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10 Foot Binding

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9 Body Scars

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8 Obesity

via marieclaire.com

7 Surgery Bandages

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6 Gyaru

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5 Long Earlobes

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4 Multi-colored garb

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2 Stretched Lips

1 Bleached Skin

In many parts of Asia, whitened skin is revered as the ultimate standard of skin beauty. Thailand perhaps epitomizes this strange obsession, where products promising “the miracle of white skin” clout the air waves. More recently, these products have even begun targeting women’s “intimate areas”, and some events—like the time a multinational corporation pretty much offered a university scholarship only to fair-skinned female students—suggest it borders on prejudice. Very much on the darker side of “beauty”, this skin-whitening in the Asia-Pacific region—a billion dollar industry—has been tied to health problems like kidney damage and permanent (unwanted) skin discolouration. Sources: marieclaire.com, nationalgeographic, vice, theguardian

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