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Beauty In Your Eyes; What Is Considered Beautiful
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
Definition of Beauty: "The quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit : loveliness" Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Whichever way you look at this phrase, it's very true. People tend to see beauty in something or someone that is pleasing to the eyes. The stereotype that Hollywood, or the organizers of the Miss Universe and Miss World, are setting, may not necessary be what other people considers as 'beautiful'. Think about it: that concept of judging, a handful of people setting the rules, and then claiming 'World's most beautiful Women', might just have a tad bit of falsity to it.
Regions around the world have different perceptions of what beauty is. What is beautiful to us in the US may not be accepted as beauty in Senegal. What is considered beauty in India, may not be considered to be beautiful by the people in Japan.
Looking beyond our Box.....
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! In China, the attractive woman is someone with a very slim figure (size 4, 5), flat chested, pale skin, and they like big eyes. They are apprehensive about getting a tan, they make sure they are covered when going out during the day, and an umbrella is used quite often. Pale skin is not only sought out by the women, but is also desired in men. It shows your status. Wealthy people are pale, working people are tan.
Interestingly enough, in old English culture, pale skin was also recognized as a feature of women of status. Whitened skin free of freckles or marks, eyes set far apart, plump with a big chest, narrow waist and big hips were regarded as feminine loveliness, along with the practice of plucking hairline to make the forehead wider. It was brunettes that caught the eyes of men.
Africa is a vast continent divided into north, southeast, west, and central Africa. How one looks at beauty differs from region to region. Their definitions of beauty might be different but there are some common features that are preferred around Africa. .....
In many parts of Africa, big women with large breasts and big hips are desirable; a sign of beauty – it is associated with abundance and fertility.
Beautiful Women Around The World!
Japan: smooth skin, and straight black hair is very desirable.
The Padaung women of Southeast Asia puts metal rings around their necks from an early age to stretch their necks, this increases their desirability.
In India, on the other hand, sharp features, long nose, fair skin, long hair, and big eyes are perception of beauty. Out of all these characteristics, fair skin seem to have the highest preference.
In Iran they love small noses, and the plastic surgery that take place there just for nose jobs is phenomenal!
So, all these countries that send their women to the Miss World pageant, or Miss Universe contest, why are they all skinny, tan, long legged, tall girls like what America considers beautiful? Or should I say what Hollywood thinks beauty to be?
The answer is pretty simple, actually; these contests have set up certain criteria to enter, and they are based on..... You guessed it right, HOLLYWOOD, or the stereotypical American perception of beauty. Even Americans themselves all have different tastes, and find beauty in various features being prominent or refined. These general claims of "most beautiful" are just the collective, watered-down opinions that require the least thought to appreciate...
As the world is getting smaller, lot of younger generations tend to see the 'Hollywood image' as the criteria of beauty, and are losing their cultural understanding. This acceptance of what is beautiful is also changing with time, and outside influences. So, is it safe to say that at one point in the future everyone around the world will have the same concept of what beauty is? Only time will tell....