It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. With that statement it could be concluded that beauty is not static but rather a changing phenomenon in every culture and context.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you don’t have to look too far to realize that’s true. We’ve all done some things in the name of beauty (eyelash extensions, Brazilian waxes and tanning beds, to name a few) that probably seem crazy to people in different cultures who define beauty much differently.
Here in the U.S., we may value long, flowy hair, bronzed skin and a face free of wrinkles, but in other parts of the world, pale complexions, visible scars and shaved heads are the enviable traits. Here, we explore nine very different qualities that are considered beautiful around the globe. Find out if you would you be considered beautiful in these far-flung destinations.
The Mursi women residing in Ethiopia might shock many with their concept of beauty. In Mursi culture, beautiful women have clay plates embedded in their lips.
After all the hype about the beads I had on me, the talk turned to beauty. A woman confessed: “Look at me now.
Without my clay plate, I look horrible. Nobody’s paying attention to me. But you will see, let me wear it now and I will be the most beautiful woman on earth!”.
At the age of 10, Mursi women pierce their ear lobes, and at the age of 15, their lower lips to wear their trademark item; the colourful clay plates they are most famous for. These modifications are carried to enhance their beauty and power of seduction. To make me feel at ease, they even offered to pierce my lip so that I could join them in being beautiful.
While the modern world keeps flashing images of the ideal woman on screen somewhere in the world the ideal woman means something else. The western world sees a woman who is slender or blonde as the ideal woman but in other cultures slender is the new ugly.
All over the Sahara, both in Morocco and Mauritania, men and women of the region agree upon the importance of obesity and being fat in defining a beautiful or an ugly woman. For them, the fatter a woman is, the more beautiful she is. On the contrary, fit girls and women are seen as ugly, undesirable and unwanted.
Starting from the age of thirteen, families start the process of papering their daughters for marital life. They prepare them psychologically and physically to get married and to show that they are beautiful so as to attract good husbands from rich families and powerful tribes.
In fact, families are proud of their fat daughters as, in their collective consciousness and sub-consciousness, being fat means that the girls belongs to wealthy, rich and noble families. That’s why mothers do their best to force their girls to eat more so as to be fat to be a source of pride for their families.
Outward appearance should not be considered much more important than personality. Every one has their own beautiful version of themselves.
In my opinion, the most attractive people are the ones who know that their physical appearance isn’t the most attractive thing about them. They have a certain kind of confidence, they’re usually more fun to hang out with, and they’re the kind of people who are ready to love you for who you are. Not what you are.
I think that attraction that is not physical can end up being physical eventually, when you really grow to care about someone. Listen, I’m not going to lie and say that personal grooming and cleanliness aren’t important, they obviously are. But at the end of the day, you need to be with someone who wants you for who you are, and respects how you want to present yourself. Not someone who wants you to look like they want you to.