Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yet through time society has corrupted the views of the beholder. Standards have been set and instead of embracing exclusivity beauty, we’ve been drawn into the idea of altering ourselves to the criterions. The Medias constantly preaching “that” figure of beauty to the people, having that “figure” engraved to the mirror so they won’t be able to look at their true selves but what the world wants them to look like. Beauty contests, reps, it’s always been a question, how a single person could represent a world of diverse creation? So today, we would like to bring how beauty is defined through nations, some still unadulterated by the propaganda and some through the line and some even considered obnoxious, undesirable by others. Here follows list of countries by totalbeauty with their unique ways of terming beauty.
While most are concerned with erasing scars, trying to have the flawless unmarked smooth skin, Ethiopia’s Karo tribe create them. In the tribe’s eyes, beauty is literally skin deep: The scars cut onto the stomachs of women at childhood are seen as beautiful adornments meant to attract men who are husband material.
And Lip Plate
The Mursi ladies of Ethiopia put plates or discs in their bottom lips to stretch them out, increasing the plate size incrementally to make their pouts very large. This custom is a symbol of beauty and sexual maturity.
Now here, where most try to keep low profile when it comes to taking ways out of the box, Long Earlobes and Shaved Heads to the Masai tribe of Kenya, long, stretched earlobes and low-maintenance buzz cuts are the ideal. Women are known to shave their heads in a world embracing long hairs to the point of using hair extensions. And they use everything from elephant tusks to twigs to pierce and stretch their lobes to become more attractive.
- Burma and Thailand:
Long Necks, giraffe-like necks are the ultimate sign of beauty and female elegance to the Kayan tribe. At 5 years old, Kayan women start priming their necks with heavy brass rings. Each year, more coils are added, pushing down their shoulders and creating the effect of a longer neck. If you thought the phrase “beauty is pain” was referring to brow-waxing, keep in mind that the rings in this centuries-old ritual can weigh up the 22 pounds.
- China, Thailand and Japan:
Pale Skin In various parts of Asia, pale, white skin is revered as a sign of affluence and attractiveness. In Japan, women avoid the sun at all costs, while skin-care products with whitening agents are the norm in places like China and Thailand. Sometimes, it’s hard to find products without bleaching properties.
- New Zealand:
Face Tattoo , Tattooing is a sacred ritual to the Maori people of New Zealand, and not something parents warn their teenagers they’ll one day regret. Traditionally, a chisel was used to carve grooves into the skin (though today, tattoo machines are the norm), creating swirling tattoos called Ta-moko. Women with tattooed lips and chins and full, blue lips are considered the most beautiful.
Full Figures, While Americans are perpetually dieting and striving to be thin, Western African cultures find women who are overweight to be the most beautiful — the more stretch marks, the better.
In the past, it wasn’t completely unheard of for families in Mauritania to send their daughters to “fat farms,” camps that would force-feed girls 16,000 calories a day to help them reach their ideal weight. Fuller figures are still the ideal, and fattening camel’s and cow’s milk are go-tos for plumping up, but thankfully, the government now frowns upon the unpleasant force feeding.
Decorated Skin Instead of accessorizing with extravagant jewelry, women in India turn to nose rings, bindis and henna to make themselves more attractive for festivals and celebrations, like weddings. Brides in particular will often wear a dot of red powder on the face known as a kumkum to look more beautiful.
With all those terms of beauty on the table, it is hard to say a single person could symbolize a community let alone nations and even the world. Especially when they are groomed through the canons of the daily advancing interpretations. So is beauty in the eyes of the beholder? Or in the eyes of the media? The globalizing social order?