Our preoccupation with beauty is an international obsession, but how we define beauty across the globe couldn’t be more different. In an effort to break down beauty barriers, we’re taking a look at what being “beautiful” means at home – and beyond our borders.
Familiar territory: The Western view on beauty
Brazil and the South American standard of beauty
The French do it au naturel
Sticking to the shade in Korea
India’s perception of beauty shifts as the East looks West
New Zealand women make the ultimate commitment for their beauty rituals
No rest for the Russians
Born in Russia, supermodel Irina Shayk has this to say about beauty back home: “…in my country, women spend a lot of time on beauty rituals and take very good care of themselves. Natural beauty is carefully cherished and is brought to perfection by makeup, clothes and the unique combination of little things that are called 'personal charm.'"
A dangerous quest for beauty in Thailand
One valuable — and safely attainable — beauty regimen to take away from Thailand is their emphasis on protecting their skin from the sun. While their motivations may have more to do with maintaining a lighter complexion than sparing themselves from harmful rays, there’s no denying the benefits to always seeking out skin care products that boast SPF all year 'round.
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