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
Unrealistic to the majority of cis-women as it may seem, these are some of the most sought-after traits for women in Western culture. And while the battle for a healthier and more realistic body image is on, most of us still find ourselves stocked up on push-up bras, waist trainers and yoga mats.
The French do it au naturel
Take a cue from the French and give that contouring brush a break. Finally an excuse to use the hashtag #iwokeuplikethis!
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Sticking to the shade in Korea
For the women of Korea, maintaining that perfect pale complexion is no small feat, the problematic origins of which trace back in history to a time where tanned skin implied a lower social status.
For products to include in a skin care regimen that would make any Korean woman proud, check out these Korean skincare brands in Canada.
India’s perception of beauty shifts as the East looks West
One of the most enviable traits of the modern-day Indian beauty is their thick, lustrous hair. One of the most commonly used tricks of the trade Indian women use to maintain their trademark locks is none other than coconut oil. Massaged into the scalp, the oil will provide a deep conditioning treatment and condition your hair back to health.
New Zealand women make the ultimate commitment for their beauty rituals
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Brazil and the South American standard of beauty
Beyond the physical, Brazilian women are notorious for their free-spiritedness and seemingly effortless sensuality. Despite the work that goes into those enviable beach-bodies, there’s something inherently sexy and confident about these South American stunners.
Take a note from fellow Latina, Columbian-born Sofia Vergara, who says, “Confident people have a way of carrying themselves that makes others more attracted to them.”
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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Stretching it out in Burma
More to love in Mauritania
Try giving yourself a pass every now and then and indulging in whatever it is you’re craving. One thing the Mauritanians are definitely right about: there is something undeniably sexy about curves you can hold on to!