Do you do things to try to make yourself more beautiful? Most of us would answer yes. But what those things are can vary dramatically depending on where in the world we live.
The United States has been called the plastic surgery capital of the world as American women turn to medical science for clearer, more youthful skin through Botox and chemical peels, change their breast size through augmentation surgery, and opt for liposuction to lose fat.
But people in other countries around the world often have a different focus when it comes to beauty.
Where in the world would your personal look be seen as most beautiful? Check out these beauty standards from around the world.
• Hour-glass figure
Women in Brazil are known around the world for their beautiful figures. Although a “guitar-shape” figure which featured larger hips and behind was once the standard, many women in Brazil are now adopting a thinner, more Americanized standard of beauty.
Women in France believe being very thin is chic.
At the opposite extreme from the French, women in parts of western Africa are believed to be more beautiful when they are overweight, especially if they have stretch marks.
To help their daughters achieve this kind of beauty, parents at one time sent their girls to camps where they were fed more than 10,000 calories a day to help them gain weight.
• Simple beauty
Women in France prefer to show off their natural beauty. They may wear little makeup, but spend substantial sums on products to bring out the natural beauty in their skin.
• Pale skin
Asian beauty often focuses on having a smooth, pale complexion. Historically, women from wealthy families had pale skin because they did not have to work outdoors in the sun.
Japanese women today protect their skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays to maintain the beauty of pale skin. In China, Southeast Asia and Thailand it is often hard to find beauty products without whitening agents.
• Straight hair