You cannot claim to be the epitome of beauty. This is because culture defines beauty and if you travel all over the world you will definitely see that beauty comes in all shapes and colors. We should not be caught in the rhythm of the Kardashians and using them as the measurement of beauty. Beauty has nothing to do with money or plastic modification.
Our preoccupation with beauty is an international obsession, but how we define beauty across the globe couldn’t be more different. In an effort to break down beauty barriers, we’re taking a look at what being “beautiful” means at home–and beyond our borders.
Familiar territory: the Western view on beauty
In the West, popular consensus–and a quick flip through Vogue–will tell you that the majority still values the aesthetic of a tall, slender-but-busty woman with delicate features. To top off this already-intimidating list–a small waist paired atop a perky derriere. No pressure, right?
Unrealistic to the majority of “real women” as it may seem, these are some of the most sought-after traits for women in Western culture. And while the battle for a healthier and more realistic body image is on, most of us still find ourselves stocked up on push-up bras, waist trainers and yoga mats.
If fit and fab is what you seek in 2016, do it right by mixing up your exercise routine and trying something new. Get outside your comfort zone with an of-the-moment class like Aerial Silks or sign up for salsa with your SO – which does double-duty as date night.
In China there used to be a trend whereby ladies would have their feet bound so that their marriages would be prosperous. This is no longer being done. As for others it is all about having a long neck and standing out.
While it is not practiced anymore and was a trend that died out over the centuries, foot binding was a common practice of the upper class in China. Beginning at a young age, girls would begin the painful process of tightly binding their feet so that they would no longer grow. Binded feet was seen as erotic in Chinese culture and it was believed that women with binned feet would have a prosperous marriage. What binding feet actually caused was the restrictions of women to partake in a social life due to the limitations of mobility.
Known as “long necks” or “giraffe women” women of the Kayan tribe of Tibeto-Burma, wrap coils around their necks beginning at the age of two. As the length of the coils grown, more weight is added causing their shoulders to be weighed down giving the illusion of eloquent, long necks.
In Korea they do not value tanning. This is not just a thing of the past but even now. Tanning is associated with being poor and having to work long hours in the hot sun. big eyes are also big in this place and some even go as far as getting a surgery to get a pair of big eyes.
The most apparent physical trait is the lack of tanning. Koreans will walk around with ajumma visors, hats, arm covers and every skin lightening cream that has 15+ SPF built into it. There are many arguments as to why Korean men and women like to be pale, one of which targets their historical context of being tanned. Historically speaking, if you were tanned, that would mean that you are a poor peasant working outdoors as compared to people who have pale skin, which represented luxury, wealth and lack of wrinkles.
* Double Eyelids = Big Eyes
Next trait that defines a Korean beauty is having “double eyelids”. That is correct. Eyelids define your attractiveness in Korea. Celebrities are known to have surgery done to get them and the people who cannot afford surgery, simple use double eye-lid tape. This type of surgery is one of the most important surgeries in Korea and it is argued that people get it done to look more western.