Over the course of centuries, the perception of beauty has been consistently changing. And with every passing phase women strive to fit into what is considered beautiful. What is seen as beautiful in one country, might be considered ugly in another.
Greek philosopher Plato’s proverb “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” holds true till date, judging an individual’s beauty in this ever-modernizing society purely on the basis of physical appearance is extremely superficial. A number of factors affect the perception of beauty across societies, from a person’s cultural upbringing to the influence of media.
Here’s a look at the things people find attractive and sexy in various countries around the world. While some may sound absurd, others will help you embrace your own flaws:
Mauritius: Where Big Is Beautiful
In Mauritius being morbidly obese is actually a sign of beauty as it indicates wealth. To get those voluptuous curves, women go to ‘fattening farms’ where they are force fed. To satiate this weird beauty standard, young girls are sent to this farm, where they are forced to drink camels milk due to its high fat content and as a norm have to consume 16,000 calories a day.
Land of The Unibrows : Tajikistan
The only place in world where women covet unibrows is Tajiskistan. For people battling painful threading and waxing sessions in salons, a trip to Tajiskistan will probably provide that much needed respite. Women in this place rub an herb called usma onto their eyebrowto give the illusion of fuller brows. They also consider it to be a sign of good fortune.
Crooked and fang-like teeth, sexy in Japan
Crooked teeth is seen as one of the biggest flaws when it comes to beauty, but not in Japan. Japanese women are gaga over accentuated canines and fang like dentures. They call it the ‘Yaeba Effect’ and many even undergo dental surgeries to get that ‘perfect’ crooked teeth look. And while people all over the world are splurging money over aligning their teeth, it’s just the opposite in Japan. So, if you have crooked teeth, consider yourself lucky, because it’s too damn sexy in Japan.
Large forehead-The Fula People
Thinking of getting some bangs to cover that large forehead, ditch the idea, be of proud of it. Because this is also considered sexy for the Fula tribe from Africa. Some women even shave off some hair from the front to create an illusion of a large forehead. This is very similar to what women observed in medieval Europe.
Pale Skin, Pointy Chin And Big Eyes: China
Chinese women are extremely conscious about their skin tone. Sunscreens and facemask have a huge market in this country. To get the perfect pointy chin, big eyes and pale skin, plastic surgery is the popular option. This concept of pale skin in other Asian countries, especially India, skin whitening creams and powders to lighten skin, sell like hot cakes. Media has been fuelling some of these unrealistic beauty standards.
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