When I was a little girl, I found it hard to see the beauty in me. In the Dutch media and on the streets, girls with blond hair, blue eyes, light brown skin and straight hair were called beautiful, and I felt left out of societies image of ‘beautiful’. During my late teens at high school, girls with big asses and boobs were perceived as beautiful and received the most attention from boys. I didn’t have these ‘assets’ and so I never felt beautiful. I tried to meet these beauty standards and I felt that failed every time, I eventually gave up and started to see myself as an ugly. This changed when I found out the true meaning of ‘beautiful’, and that’s what I would like to share with you.
Beauty is perceived differently in every culture, continent and generation. Every culture has a different beauty standard; in Japan the whites Geishas are perceived as the most beautiful women, while in some countries the darker the skin the more beautiful the person is. Where you live is also important, in Brazil bigger boobs and asses are beautiful, and having a few inches around your waist is not seen as an unattractive feature. If you compare this with the fashion culture in western society, the flatter the belly the better. If you look at the fashion world culture over a 100 years ago, meat on the body was beautiful. Today, we have a prominent ‘skinny’ culture, where the media promotes a much slimmer body type effectively making readers perceive being skinny, small and slim as attractive.
Beauty is not something we can define. But we should definitely not try to adjust ourselves to other peoples’ standards and ideas of beauty. There are plenty of other cultures, countries and people that find you beautiful because you are!!
These are some amazing photos of women around the world to show you the beauty of diversity within the human race (and because everyone is their own kind of beautiful and we shouldn’t try and change that).
What kind of beauty can you identify yourself with? Click on the picture.
I believe that I am a mix of The Ewe and the Fula People, what do you think?
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