The Different Beauty Standards in The World
The feminine beauty has long been varied since children has been introduced infairytales, to mass media, and to today’s perspective and definition through social media.Womenin every country, including the Philippines,are purchasing everything that can make them surpass today’s expectation of beauty;from the latest cosmetics, luxurious hair extensions and striking hair colorant materials, and reading eachreviewsfor the best whitening soaps in Manila to get that flawless, youthful glow everyone wants achieve.
Although the social media party has their own expectancy of beauty, each and every country across the globe has their own definition of what beauty is. We have compiled the different kinds of beauty in each country and how these standards demarcate their culture.
Full Figures, Mauritania
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Most women of today are trying hard to trim down their weight to a 1 or 0, but not in the Mauritania tribe. At a young age, Mauritanian girls are sent to “fat farms”to force-feed girls up to 16, 000 calories a day to have that fuller figure that Mauritanian men desires.Stretch marks on the arms are also a sign of beauty in this country.
Long Earlobes and Shaved Heads, Kenya.
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To the Maasai Tribe of Kenya, long earlobes and shaved heads are a distinct standard of beauty. After piercing each ears with various materials such as thorns, twigs, stones, and elephant tusks, metal hoop earrings and different beaded ornaments are worn in each ear.
Body Scars, Ethiopia
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While most women are concerned in having their scars erased, the women of Karo’s Tribe in Ethiopia are busy creating them in their own skin.Various cuts in the women’s stomach are a beauty symbol that attracts men.
Long Necks, Burma.
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Giraffe-like necks are a thing in the eastern part of Burma. At the age of 5, Kayan girls starts putting heavy brass rings around their necks. Every year, moreheavy rings are addedestablishing the effect of a longer neck.
Face Tattoos, New Zealand.
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The women of the Maori peoplein New Zealand has this sacred ritual of tattooing their skin. Tattoos on the lips and chin in a womanis considered as a beauty emblem in this certain tribe.
Surgical Bandages, Iran.
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In the country of Iran, showing off their face procedures shows their social status. It also exhibitstheir beauty, which is why women and men wear their surgical bandages for the public to see. Some people in this country also practice buying surgical tapes to be worn, even if they have not undergone any surgery.
Foot Binding, China.
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Feet that resembled hooves are a thing in China that originated in the 10thcentury. Chinese girls started the art of “foot binding” as early as four and six years old, discontinuing a girl’s feet to grow any further. This act is known as a fashiontrend in Chinabetween the 12th and 17th century.
Pale or Fair Skin, Thailand.
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Having pale or fair skin is considered as attractive in this specific Asian country. Women of this nation avoidsbeingunder the sun and uses whitening products, such as soaps, in order to attain the pale to fair skin they want.
Decorated Skin, India.
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Nose rings and hennas are the style famous among Indian girls and women.They accessorize themselves with these decorations to make them more attractive especially during festivals and ceremonies, like weddings.
These different beauty standards around the world proves that every country has its own standard of beauty that defines their own exquisite cultures. Being beautiful isn’t following what modern society tells you to be, it’s about appreciating and lovingyourself. It is about accepting yourself despite of all your flaws. Remember that the true meaning of beauty is what you are on the inside, rather than what you look on the outside.
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