Beauty is in the eye of the beholder


For some people, the first decision they have to do for the day is during their morning routine.
What to eat for breakfast... what to cook for the lunch box of their kids...
However, some ladies living alone have a different question at the start of the day.
"What should I wear?"

Society (or just our own vanity) dictates us that we have to always look good; be presentable.
We have learned that people who don't know us make assumptions about us based merely on what they see.
Thus, it is imperative especially when you go to work.

There are those lucky ladies who do not need to make a lot of effort to look good.
They simply put on the first thing they grab from their closet and voila! They look like they just stepped out from a fashion magazine.
However, there are those less fortunate ones who need to have a routine just to look beautiful.
It takes a lot of time and effort but the result is always worth it.

Across the globe, beauty is defined differently.
What is beautiful to you, might not be beautiful to someone living in the other side of the world.
For instance...

In most countries, thin is the standard for a beautiful body type.
This is very evident when we watch those supermodels strutting their stuff on a catwalk.
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However, plump is the "in" thing in some countries in Africa like Mauritania.
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Elongated necks with adorned with brass rings are deemed elegant for ladies of the Kayan tribe.
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The Maori people in New Zealand thinks that women with tattooed chins and lips are more attractive.
But if they were in Japan, they might not be allowed to go to the onsen.
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Japanese women think that white skin and straight hair are the norm.
Thus, beauty products targetting these sell well.
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However, some ladies from Western countries spend big bucks to curl their hair and have an all-year round tanned body.
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One website I found went to the extent of writing down the characteristics of what is perceived by many as "attractive" or "unattractive."

Characteristic features of the female "sexy face" in comparison to the "unsexy face":

Suntanned skin
Narrower facial shape
Less fat
Fuller lips
Slightly bigger distance of eyes
Darker, narrower eye brows
More, longer and darker lashes
Higher cheek bones
Narrower nose
No eye rings
Thinner lids

Characteristics of the male "Sexy face" in the comparison to the "unsexy face":

Browner skin
Narrower facial shape
Less fat
Fuller and more symmetrical lips
Darker eye brows
More and darker lashes
Upper half of the face broader in relation to the lower
Higher cheek bones
Prominent lower jaw
More prominent chin
No receding brows
Thinner lids
No wrinkles between nose and corner of the mouth

A cartoon was even used in an explanation of beauty from TED Talks.

As the saying goes, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
Different people have different ideas about what is beautiful.



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