Totally Stupid Things That Women Do To Look Pretty

Posted by Michael Avery in Fashion On 6th October 2017
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It’s interesting how beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder and ever-changing. Depending on geography or time period alone, beauty standards can be vastly different! Hello, did nobody see how ridiculous Queen Elizabeth started looking near the end of her reign? We see these classic statues of Roman or Greek beauties, but those women or men wouldn’t really be considered beautiful in the modern day, now would they? It’s fascinating because everybody seems to think, “Of course this and that trait is pretty. Big butts are glamorous. Full lips are so alluring. Beach curls are so in,” but even just a decade ago, these traits weren’t considered must-haves! The 90s was all about being stick skinny with no curves in the States. Matte lips were “glossed over” by the ever trendy lip glosses in that same era. However, there are some beauty standards from all over the world and different time periods that are even more drastic or shocking to learn about! So if you want to know what weird procedures or practices people used to do or still do in other countries to become beautiful, read on and be amazed–because a flaw you thought you might have could actually be deemed a surgical procedure-worthy trait somewhere else, or maybe you were just born in the wrong decade.

Sight is overrated when you can be beautiful

Thinking about fixing your cross-eyes because it’s both uncomfortable when looking at things and it throws other people off? Well, if you plan to travel back in time and join the Mayan culture, you might want to hold off on that procedure. That’s right! The Mayan civilization believed that cross-eyed people were extremely attractive (partly due to a cross-eyed god they worshipped), to the point that they actually placed beads on their infants to hang right between the eyes for that cross-eyed look (called strabismus). Crazy to really think about, right? But hey, beauty is pain and people are willing to pay all sorts of costs to look attractive, sight be damned. Nowadays, people would not find it pretty at all, feeling uncomfortable about which eye to look at. Turns out Mad-Eye Moody would be quite the looker and ladies’ man to the Ancient Mayans.

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For those who hate their big feet

A lot of women don’t like having big feet, but their desire to have smaller feet would probably not be as drastic as it was in China in the olden days. Many people probably already know this one, but very tiny feet were extremely popular in China back in the 19th century or so because they were dainty and showed off a high status. As a result, many girls were forced to bind their feet to stop it from growing and to crush them into a small size. The bound feet were called lotus feet, and they definitely did not look as prim and pretty as lotuses when you don’t see them bound up. They looked painful and deformed. The feet were literally crushed by bandages, and the girls were expected to walk like that! Ouch. Beauty is pain, but come on…Do NOT try this at home!

So much for tanning

You might see a lot of people in America, Canada, and more going to the beach for a tan or even a tanning salon for that orangey glow because it gives off a healthy, sexy vibe, but women in other countries, namely in Africa, South America, and Asia, are working hard to lighten their complexion. After all, even in American movies and the like, you see a lot of minority actors with lighter complexions glorified for their beauty, with emphasis on that “caramel” skin tone, and this has actually grown controversial recently.

To get that beautiful, honey-colored skin, women in Africa and South America would turn to skin-whitening products–which could be as harmful as over-tanning. They’re essentially bleaching their skin. On the other hand, in Asia, the women like to have porcelain skin, very white and pale to emphasize their features, so they would likewise use products and avoid the sun at all costs.

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Why shave your armpits when you can dye them?

An interesting trend over the years in North America was for women to grow out their armpits… and then dye them. The women who do this definitely want to feel free about their body and show that they don’t have to conform to societal norms by shaving their armpits like it’s oh-so-horrible for women to have normal body hair like men. Then dying the hair brings further attention, and they think it looks cool!

Even Miley Cyrus jumped on the trend and uploaded a picture of her pink pits. Turns out dying just your normal hair-on-top-of-your-head is too basic now. Not sure dying my pits is something I would do, but it is definitely interesting, and you can’t deny that their confidence rocks. More girl power to you guys!

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