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Embracing or denying beauty around the world

By Mavis Brown

When it comes to beauty standards, the United States is close for number one in the running for most unrealistic. The “ideal” woman in the U.S. is tall, thin, leggy, with big breasts, flowing hair and has a toned body all while remaining healthy. Photo-shopping and airbrushing models for television and magazines, the media is a large factor in pressuring women to look “perfect.” Since women are not able to achieve this look all-naturally through exercise and diet, plastic surgery is on the rise. In 2013 plastic surgery statistics show that there were 15.1 million procedures performed.

South Korea is another country in which plastic surgery has become extremely common. In fact, it has even been referred to as the cosmetic surgery capital of the world. Statistics say nearly 1 in 5 women between ages 19 to 49 have undergone cosmetic surgery. This is mostly because in Korea a more “western” look is considered very attractive. The idea of exemplary beauty in South Korea is very thin, long legs, v-line face, large eyes with double eyelids, high-bridged nose, and pale skin.

France is very much the opposite, since their ideas of beauty are more about style, emphasize natural beauty, and does not focus so much on one particular body type. Though, the French tend to admire long and lean bodies that are carried with confidence and elegance. This admiration for thinness has come with the cost of having the highest proportion of underweight women.

The way women’s beauty is judged in Iran is affected greatly by Iran’s strict rules requiring women to wear a hijab and cover most of their body, focusing the attention on a woman’s face. Looking for ideal beauty in Iran often means trying to achieve “doll-like features” using heavy makeup and inevitably plastic surgery.  Iran has the highest rate of nose surgeries in the world. Many women visit cosmetic surgeons every year to have the size of their nose reduced and make the tip of the nose point upwards. It has become a shameless surgery and a display of status.

So no matter where you live, the pressure to be the “ideal” image of a woman is massive, even though what is considered attractive clearly varies based on where you’re from and your culture. There is nothing wrong with conforming to your country’s beauty ideals, if that’s what you went. However, if you decide to make changes to yourself, do it for you.

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