Beauty

Beauty Standards Across The World Prove Beauty Is What You Make It

Many of the beauty standards in the world can seem unattainable. They can be quite overwhelming for any woman who doesn’t fit in the very specific mold society has deemed “beautiful.”

As women are constantly being told what beauty is, it’s nice to know that all over the world, beauty has found a new definition.

All Women Are Beautiful

As a disclaimer, I really do want to emphasize that above all else, you are beautiful.

It doesn’t matter what magazines, social media, or even your own mother has to say about it. You can find beauty everywhere, especially in the things that make you different from everybody else.

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The Western World Bombshell

In the Western side of the world, our news feeds are flooded with images of women who have perfect hair, hourglass bodies, and big lips. Unfortunately, not everyone can be Beyoncé.

That unattainable Kim Kardashian figure is the latest obsession, but the classic bombshell with the blonde hair and blue eyes combo is the real American dream.

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Au Naturel En France

In Paris, you’ll find that the effortless “I woke up like this” look is very common. The youthful, minimal-to-no-makeup appearance is what their society prefers.

With all of the high fashion trends in France, it’s no surprise that the French would rather put their time into their outfits than their makeup routines.

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Russian Beauty Standards

Russian women who are deemed the most beautiful are tall and slim with bright blue or green eyes, high cheekbones, and full, plump lips.

In Russia, women take very good care of their appearance. In a way, they’re basically the opposite of French women because they spend a lot of time and money on makeup and beauty products.

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Korean Beauty Standards

As a result of Korean culture’s distinct beauty standards, South Korea has the highest rate of cosmetic surgeries per capita in the world. For women to be considered beautiful in Korea, there’s a long list to check off.

The ideal woman has a tapered/v-shaped jaw, double eyelids, big round eyes, a small nose, a small mouth, and very fair skin.

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Brazil’s Booty — Oops, I Mean Beauty — Standards

Brazil is not far behind Korea when it comes to plastic surgery… It’s just less about the face and more about getting that voluptuous figure.

In Brazil — as well as in South America in general — women are competing to have thicker, muscular thighs, a toned bod, and of course that trademark Brazilian booty.

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Thai Beauty Standards

Similarly to Korea, Thailand has high societal pressure to meet Western-influenced beauty standards.

In Thailand, beautiful women must be petite and have strong features like a big nose, big round eyes, and a strong chin. These standards are also influenced by the Indian caste system; the ideal light skin represents both social status and beauty.

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India’s Bollywood Beauty

The ideal woman in India has almond-shaped eyes, a sharp nose, luscious black hair, dark brows and fair skin. Yep, they even have bleaching products in India to achieve a “fair and lovely” skin tone — it’s pretty ridiculous if you ask me.

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Dark Skin Is Beautiful

Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra is so gorgeous, and she’s even in Baywatch. But despite India’s expectations, you can find deep skin–toned women who are considered gorgeous in South Asia.

Bangladeshi model Naema Emily Hossain is absolutely stunning in her own skin, and she doesn’t need to meet anyone’s beauty standards.

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United Kingdom Beauty Standards

I think we can all agree that eyebrows are a huge focus since Cara Delevingne became a fashion and beauty icon. The obsession with heavy brows is a global phenomenon, but it’s particularly popular in the UK where the bigger the brow, the better. Bold brows indicate innocence and natural beauty.

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Māori Women Of New Zealand

In some cultures, tattoos are unprofessional — but for Māori women, they are a rite of passage. In New Zealand, facial tattoos are a symbol of beauty for these women.

In their culture, women use the traditional chin tattoo, the moko kauae, as a stamp of their true identity. They view it as a symbol of empowerment and transition into womanhood.

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Japanese Beauty Standards

One of Japan’s quirkier beauty standards is the obsession with “yaeba,” otherwise known as the double tooth. While most women in the world are focused on having the perfect, straight-toothed smile, Japanese culture finds this crooked look much more attractive.

This quirky beauty standard is something that Japanese women will actually go through dental procedures to attain.

Big Is Beautiful In Mauritania

According to Mauritania’s beauty standards, the bigger the woman, the more beautiful she is. Being obese may not be regarded the same way in other parts of the world, but in this culture, it’s consideredto be an indication of wealth.

Young girls are actually sent to “fattening farms” to be force-fed camel milk, which is high in fat.

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Ethiopian Beauty Standards

The Mursi tribe in Ethiopia has rather unusual beauty expectations, which include scarification and lip plates. Oftentimes these clay plates will mark rites of passage for women, who start wearing them around 15 years old.

This tribe seriously takes the phrase “beauty is pain” to the next level with these traditional body modifications.

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Neck Rings In Southeast Asia

In Burmese and Thai cultures, an elongated neck is regarded as beautiful. This is why women of the Kayan tribe stack brass coils on their neck to give the illusion of having a long neck. From a young age, girls will put rings on their neck in order for it to stretch over time.

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Persian Beauty Standards

Tehran, the capital of Iran, has the highest rate of rhinoplasty in the world. Both men and women in Iran are pressured by societal standards to have thin, sloped noses. In Iran, it’s actually viewed as a norm to go through this popular cosmetic procedure.

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You Still Have To Appreciate Natural Persian Beauty

Don’t get me wrong, just because plastic surgery is a common practice in Iran doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with a Persian nose. There is plenty of natural beauty in Iranian genetics, including a natural nose shape.

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Wear Your Culture Proudly

As someone who is considered to be “ethnically ambiguous,” Jade Willoughby knows a thing or two about societal beauty standards.

Jade Willoughby is one of the few First Nation runway models to break down barriers in the beauty world. It’s important to know who you are instead of trying to fit into someone else’s box.

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Break Down Those Beauty Standards

The most beautiful thing about you is the thing that makes you different.

Winnie Harlow is a Canadian model who was born with vitiligo, a condition which causes depigmentation of the skin. She is proof that beauty goes far beyond skin color. It’s her confidence above all that makes her effortlessly beautiful and such an incredible role model.

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Beauty Is Subjective

If you ask me, the most beautiful thing a woman can be is unique. Take Aiyana Lewis’ freckles, for instance.

The features that stand out are the ones that are the most eye-catching. Oftentimes we find ourselves trying so hard to be beautiful that we end up wanting to look exactly the same as everyone else.

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h/t Slice

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