BEAUTY AROUND THE WORLD
MYANMAR (BURMA)
THE "LONG NECK” PEOPLE
• For the Pa Dong tribe, who live along
the Thai/Burmese border, beauty is a
long, long neck. This ...
NEW ZEALAND
BLUE TATTOO
Tattoos are common
around the world. For
Maori people in New
Zealand, the tattoos are
placed on their lips and...
ETHIOPIA
LIP PLATES OR “DHEBI A TUGOIN”
• Lip plates are a unique
tradition, that of inserting lip-
plates into their lower lip. In...
SCARIFICATION
• Scars are considered
something to hide in the
west, but for Karo girls in
southern Ethiopia it will help
t...
INDONESIA
TOOTH FILLING CEREMONIES
• A tooth filing ceremony
(filling and sharpening of
teeth) is one of the ceremonies
that a Balin...
CHINA
FEET BINDING OR “LOTUS FEET”
• In China, to achieve the effect of tiny
feet, the bones were broken before
binding, thus ca...
MAURITANIA
FATTENING TRADITIONS
In many other cultures, big is most
definitely beautiful. In many African
countries, such as Mauritan...
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
THIN IS IN?
So, beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder!
Some of these practices may seem strange, even
unattracti...
WHERE DOES OUR DEFINITION OF
BEAUTY COME FROM??
• Where do beauty standards come from?
• Are their certain universal beaut...
THE PRICE OF BEAUTY
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  1. 1. BEAUTY AROUND THE WORLD
  2. 2. MYANMAR (BURMA)
  3. 3. THE "LONG NECK” PEOPLE • For the Pa Dong tribe, who live along the Thai/Burmese border, beauty is a long, long neck. This effect is produced by circling the neck with brass rings, starting at the age of 6, and gradually adding more and more. The only time they are removed is on the girl’s wedding night.
  4. 4. NEW ZEALAND
  5. 5. BLUE TATTOO Tattoos are common around the world. For Maori people in New Zealand, the tattoos are placed on their lips and chins. The ultimate beauty is to have full blue lips.
  6. 6. ETHIOPIA
  7. 7. LIP PLATES OR “DHEBI A TUGOIN” • Lip plates are a unique tradition, that of inserting lip- plates into their lower lip. In these tribes, it is still a norm to wear fairly large wooden or clay pottery discs or plates that are inserted in a girl’s lower lip. • There reason for having these plates is brides’ wealth, to ward off slave traders, and beauty. Women wear these to show strength and fertility, in the Mursi tribe a woman wearing this shows the epitome of validation and self-esteem of a woman.
  8. 8. SCARIFICATION • Scars are considered something to hide in the west, but for Karo girls in southern Ethiopia it will help them get a husband. As young girls, the skin on their stomach is cut to create scars, and when they have enough they are considered ready for marriage.
  9. 9. INDONESIA
  10. 10. TOOTH FILLING CEREMONIES • A tooth filing ceremony (filling and sharpening of teeth) is one of the ceremonies that a Balinese must undergo. • The ceremony helps people rid themselves of the invisible forces of evil - teeth are the symbol of lust, greed, anger, insobriety, co nfusion and jealousy. Filing the teeth therefore renders someone both more physically and more spiritually beautiful, as well as symbolizing the rite of passage for an adolescent into adulthood.
  11. 11. CHINA
  12. 12. FEET BINDING OR “LOTUS FEET” • In China, to achieve the effect of tiny feet, the bones were broken before binding, thus causing the woman lifelong pain and making it difficult for her to walk. . The practice possibly originated among upper-class court dancers during the 10th century. Chinese reformers challenged the practice but it was not until the early 20th century that foot binding began to die out, because of changing social conditions • Bound feet were once considered intensely erotic in Chinese culture, and a woman with perfect lotus feet was likely to make a more prestigious marriage
  13. 13. MAURITANIA
  14. 14. FATTENING TRADITIONS In many other cultures, big is most definitely beautiful. In many African countries, such as Mauritania and Nigeria, a skinny woman would be pitied. In fact, women are fed as much as possible to make them more beautiful. Women are encouraged to gain as much weight as possible from childhood in order to be considered attractive. Having a fat wife is desirable and is a sign of wealth and prestige in the country where food is in short supply.
  15. 15. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  16. 16. THIN IS IN? So, beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder! Some of these practices may seem strange, even unattractive to us, but I wonder what the people who do them would think of our ideas of beauty. Would we seem ugly to them?
  17. 17. WHERE DOES OUR DEFINITION OF BEAUTY COME FROM?? • Where do beauty standards come from? • Are their certain universal beauty standards? • How does media affect our perceptions of beauty?
  18. 18. THE PRICE OF BEAUTY http://youtu.be/Mkg6ypRfyq4
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