You are not unattractive, you are just in the wrong country!
The only constant thing in life, they say, is change. But if there’s an issue that will never change, it is mankind’s obsession over beauty: with the aid of the cosmetic industry, it is an obsession that’s guaranteed to remain on the agenda of everyone for as long as there’s life on earth. However, while beauty may be an obsession in every society, what is perceived as beautiful is different from one society to another.
Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about beauty…
- A woman’s hair is her crowning glory, so goes the popular saying: but not to the Mursi tribe of Ethiopia. To them, to be beautiful is to be shorn. Also, going by their unusual head decorations, hairlessness is next to creativeness.
- Stretch marks! Just the name gives most women the shivers. In the Hima tribe in Uganda, however, stretch marks re considered desirable, and a sign of wealth!
- The Kayan Lahwi tribe in northern Thailand regularly wears neck rings to elongate their necks – an extremely painful process, I have been told. While the Efik of southern Nigeria scornfully refer to people with long necks as, gamma lizards, or vultures!
- In some African and Amazon tribes big lips are beautiful: these tribes often go as far as taken out some teeth to be able to fit in the wooden plate that stretches the lips!
- In America, women with strong purposeful walk are considered very attractive. In Fiji, soft, graceful movement is a thing of pride both to the person and her community; whilst strong, purposeful walk is considered ‘clumpy’ and ‘graceless.’
- In Korea, women pay lots of money for surgeries to make their eyes wide and round. The Ibibio of southern Nigeria believe that the best eyes shapes are the ‘sleepy-shaped’ ones.