Beauty Around the World

How do you define beauty? Is it a small waist and large breasts? A perfect
smile and straight hair? If you flip through the pages of an American
fashion magazine, you may think beauty is narrowly defined...but that's not
the case. From thick ankles to small noses, women from different
continents are revealing what's considered beautiful in their countries.
Palestinian women wear white to symbolize purity.
African women from the Masaai tribe shave their heads, and wear beaded
necklaces and bracelets
Pakistani laborers dress in elegant attire even while working.
A woman from Papua New Guinea shows the scarification on her back.
An Aboriginal woman adorns herself with body paint.
A Bedouin woman shows her facial tattoos.
A Chinese woman paints her face.
Mara says Japanese women believe their skin is the key to true beauty. Miki
Okae, one of Japan's most famous beauty experts, says the ideal is fair, smooth
skin. "Everyone demands that," she says. While some Americans get collagen
and Botox injections to erase wrinkles, Japanese women believe in a different
approach. They consume collagen-infused foods. Miki says eating collagen-rich
beef tendons is a regular part of her beauty routine.
On the border of Burma and Thailand, members of the Kayan tribe begin their
beauty rituals at a young age. At just 5 years old, girls start wearing brass rings
around their necks, a ritual that's centuries old. As they grow older, more rings are
added, and eventually, their necks start to look elongated, giving them a giraffelike appearance. For these women, the shiny brass rings are the ultimate sign of
female elegance and status. Some neck pieces can weigh up to 22 pounds. "If I
take the rings off now, I won't look nice anymore," one woman says. "They really
are a part of my life."
The Maori people of New Zealand practice a sacred beauty ritual tattooing. These
indigenous people, who are of Polynesian descent, believe women are more
attractive when their lips and chins are tattooed. A woman with full, blue lips is
considered the most beautiful and desirable.
For the women of the Karo tribe in southern Ethiopia, beauty is literally skin deep.
During childhood, girls allow their elders to cut scars onto their stomachs. "The
main reason for my scars is to attract a male that will give me joy, because I will
be beautiful and hopefully get a husband," says one girl during her Taboo
interview. Once a Karo girl has received the last of her scars, she's allowed to
marry and have children.
Hair Extensions in the western world are popular.
Each year more than 1, 000 tons of human hair are imported into the United
States and used to create extensions and weaves. Some of the best quality and
most desirable hair comes from India. Where do they get all these long locks?
Some of it originates at the Venkateswara Temple in southern India, one of
Hinduism’s holiest sites. Many of the worshipers who visit this temple leave a
special offering for Lord Venkateswara, their hair. Every day, thousands of
Hindus sit before the temple barbers to offer their hair and please the God.
Annually, the temple eards about $18 million selling their hair to exporters. For
short extensions clients in America pay $2,000, and if you want longer hair, it will
cost you as much as $4,000.
Houda, a woman who grew up in Mauritania, says serious health issues
associated with obesity don’t deter women from wanting a big body. “When
you’re skinny, you’re even considered as sick or there’s something wrong with
you,” she says. “Women that are fat, they’re really happy.” Thick ankles, plump
arms and a big butt are considered the most beautiful parts of a woman,
Houda says. And don’t worry if you have a few stretch marks the men in
Mauritania love ‘em!
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