Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; but sometimes we let society influence it. Women and Men have gone through vast transformations to be “good-looking”. Over the centuries we have bent our bodies, burned our skin, dyed our hair, etc. I feel as Americans we are quite aware of our beauty fads. So here are some beauty trends throughout the world.
Iranian men and women win the most rhinoplasty in the world! That is right Iran is the nose-job capital of the world. Over 30,000 Tehranians receive rhinoplasties in 2011 alone.
Spray tans and tanning beds are very popular in USA. In Southeast Asia, pale is considered the ideal! Being pale is associated with wealth, beauty and social class. In Thailand, most skin cosmetics contain a whitening agent. Even though some of these “cosmetics” cause permanent skin damage. Marketing rarely attempts to have the black market as their target. One market research survey estimates that 4 out of every 10 women in Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan use a whitening cream.
Western Africa still holds onto traditional beauty ideals where women are considered most attractive when they are overweight and contain stretch marks on their bodies. In Mauritania, daughters are often married at a young age and are also sent to camps where they are fed up to 16,000 calories a day.
Eyelid surgery is booming in Korea. Women believe the surgery will make their eyes wider and rounder, such as eyes in America. 1 in 10 women have been nipped and tucked. Children are even getting their eyelids done!
In France, makeup is not worn a lot actually having a natural look is encouraged.
In New Zealand the Maori culture enjoy swirling face tattoos called moko. Moko is a sacred beauty ritual for men and women.
In China, men and women are having painful leg-lengthening procedures. These procedures stretch their bones to make them taller. Height is a sign of status in China. How this procedure works is doctors insert metal bars into their patients legs. These metal bars break their bones and stretch their legs apart.
The Kayan women, a Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Burma also known as the “long necks”. These women wrap brass coils around their necks when young and add more as they age. The women’s shoulders are weighed down by the weight of the rings giving the illusion that their necks are growing. These rings can weigh up to 22 pounds.
Japanese women believe the key to true beauty is nice skin. Japanese women believe in eating collagen-infused foods. Another century-old treatment relies on an unusual ingredient, nightingale droppings. Nightingale droppings are made into a powder known as Uguisu. Uguisu is mixed with soap and used as a face wash.
Another trend popular in Japan right now is hair straightening, hair correcting or thermal reconditioning. The trend uses chemical creams and flat irons in a way a perm curls hair for awhile.
The women, of the Karo tribe in southern Ethiopia, allow their elders to cut scars onto their stomachs. The reason for the scars is to attract a male. Once a Karo girl has received the last of her scars she is has permission to marry and have children.
In India, women use homemade remedies. On her wedding day, an Indian bride may use a mixture of turmeric, lemon and honey on her skin to achieve a glowing complexion. Brides wear a dot of red powder on the face, known as a kumkum.
In Indonesia, women get their shape back after birth by wrapping a fabric called a stagen around their bellies. A stagen is 65 feet long. It is quite a painful process.
I hope you enjoyed!