Beauty Secrets From Around the World

by Jett Middleton on June 11, 2011

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 five continents are revealing what’s considered beautiful in their countries.
Japanese women believe their skin is the key to true beauty. Famous beauty experts of Japan, say the ideal is fair, smooth skin. “Everyone demands that.”  While some Americans get collagen and Botox injections to erase wrinkles, Japanese women believe in a different approach—they consume collagen-infused.
One century-old Japanese beauty treatment also relies on an unusual ingredient…nightingale droppings. The bird droppings are made into a powder—known as Uguisu no Fun—mixed with soap and used as a face wash.
One beauty treatment developed in Japan is now used by women around the world. Known as Japanese hair straightening, hair correcting or thermal reconditioning, this technique uses chemical creams and flat irons to straighten wavy hair.   In Japan, straight hair is considered “the norm,” and therefore, more attractive.
The next product is a face-whitening cream that many women, because Japanese women want that porcelain, that very, very fair, light skin.
Clear skin and straight hair might make a woman more attractive in Japan, but in remote corners of the globe, women are judged by different criteria. On the National Geographic Channel’s show Taboo, cameras document some of the world’s most extreme beauty practices.
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 giraffe-like 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.
Neck Rings
New Zealand
Thousands of miles away from the border of Burma and Thailand, 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.
Lip Tattoo
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.  Once a Karo girl has received the last of her scars, she’s allowed to marry and have children.  (Ouch!)
Ethiopia Scares
In India, women take a more natural approach to beauty. Young woman use homemade remedies to beautify themselves.  An Indian bride may use a mixture of turmeric, lemon and honey on her skin to achieve a glowing complexion.  Brides also wear special clothing and jewelry, including a forehead chain, on their special days. A dot of red powder on the face—known as a kumkum—is also thought to make a woman more attractive.
Around the world, Indian women are known for their beautiful skin and hair, and in the United States, women go to great lengths to achieve the same thick, shiny locks. To help American women achieve this look, salons offer hair extensions and weaves, a common practice that’s grown into a multibillion-dollar business. What most women don’t know is that their weaves may be coming from a sacred place.
Middle East
In the Middle Eastern country Oman, women turn to nature as their source of beauty -  women like to put dried rose petals into boiling water and rinse their hair with it. This gives the hair a very fine smell of a rose.  They even have an all-natural approach to dental hygiene. The miswak stick is brushed on the teeth like a toothbrush.  It reacts with the human spit and gives an orange color to the lips.
The more color a fabric or piece of jewelry has, the more beautiful it is. However, the brightly colored dresses are often covered by a cloaklike wrap called an abaya.  While it’s not mandatory in Oman, some women also wear a burqa, which veils the face. It’s used as a sign of beauty – it’s supposed to make your eyes look really sexy.
Brazilians have long been regarded for their beauty, but some say achieving perfection has become a national obsession.  The average weight of a Brazilian woman is 110–125 pounds—and the pressure to be thin leads many people to take extreme measures.  Brazil is the biggest consumer of diet pills in the world.  Brazilians also love to be fit—and it shows. Women of all ages are taking their bodies seriously.  For women who can’t achieve their ideal body naturally, plastic surgery is becoming more and more common. Brazil has about three or four magazines specialized only in plastic surgery.  The country is now second only to the United States in the number of plastic surgeries performed.
Although many Brazilians have dark, wavy hair, the new trend is blonde, straight hair. “People will go to great lengths to highlight their hair and have permanent straightening.
Can you guess which country has been dubbed “the nose job capital of the world?  It’s not image-conscious Brazil or even the United States.
Iran is a conservative Muslim country with seemingly endless contradictions. In a place where women cover most of their bodies, business is booming for plastic surgeons—they’re performing an estimated 60,000 nose jobs a year.
After surgery, nose bandages are worn openly like badges of honor. Bandages after surgery, since surgery is so expensive in Iran, women see them as a status symbol. Pharmacists in Iran say nose jobs are so desirable, people who haven’t had the operation still buy tape for their noses.
In the United States and many countries around the world, thin is the standard when it comes to beauty. But in a West African country halfway around the world, bigger is definitely better. Mauritania is a desert oasis that sits on the northwest coast of Africa. Here, a woman’s beauty is revered—but thin isn’t in. In Mauritania, plump is sexy!  While it might sound nice to throw dieting out the window, it’s not all pleasant. For generations, young girls were subjected to the practice of gavage—or force feeding—in order to fatten them up and make them more desirable. In Mauritania, many say the more you weigh, the better chances of you have of finding a husband.
Although force feeding is now frowned upon by the government, old habits die hard in remote areas of the country. Some young girls spend hours each day in the stifling heat, forced to stuff themselves with couscous and high-fat camel’s milk.  Even in Mauritania’s more progressive cities, some women are willing to do anything for a fuller figure, including buying black-market drugs meant for animals.
Thick ankles, plump arms and a big butt are considered the most beautiful parts of a woman. And don’t worry if you have a few stretch marks—the men in Mauritania love ‘em!  Not only are extra pounds considered sexy—being divorced will win you extra points with the men too! In Mauritania, you just get divorced and there’s a feast, a party—and the more you get divorced, the more you’re seductive.  That means that a lot of men want to be with you.

Ifel Tower

In France, women look forward to getting older—turning 60 is sexy! At the same time, women keep up appearances and stay slim, trim and well groomed as they age.  French women feel entitled to be sexy and desirable all along their lives.

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Kailan June 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm

THX that’s a great aswner!

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