Heavy makeup, expensive plastic surgery and the over done fashion industry all play tribute to the worlds ever-changing standards of beauty in all cultures.
In an industry of silicone, needles and Hyaluronic acid, Korea is currently the world capital of plastic surgery with a recorded 980,000 surgeries in 2014, and the most plastic surgeries per capita, according to Business Insider. The country’s most popular procedure is double eyelid surgery.
Joyelle Lee, a freshman engineering major from Korea, has witnessed firsthand this sensation.
“All my Korean friends want to get (plastic surgery), the most popular is the double eyelid because Koreans want to become more like Westerners,” Lee said.
According to Korea’s current fashion and beauty trends, Lee said Koreans have picked up an obsession with looking like Westerners. Among the double eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty (nose surgery) and skin bleaching are prominent. In fact, to be considered beautiful in Korea, one has to have fair skin.
In Hawaii, beauty standards are completely different than those in Korea. instead of fair skin, to be considered beautiful, tan skin is preferred.
Larissa Ho’opai, sophomore criminal justice major, grew up in Hawaii and said that regardless of the huge melting pot of Asian cultures on the island, those beauty standards of the native Hawaiian culture are more prominent.
“If you look at the native Hawaiian culture, it is more beautiful to be darker-skinned and a little bit on the heavier side,” Ho’opai said.
Grace Wanyama, junior public relations and international studies major who was born in Kenya, said that although different tribes in Kenya have different customs, thin women are not considered as beautiful everywhere in Kenya.
“If you are thin you are seen like you’re starving, you are considered poor. The heavier you are, the more wealthy you are,” Wanyama said.
Across the world, Europe has served as the capital of fashion for many years.
In a country that is home to some of the most renowned fashion designers, the beauty standards generated by the fashion industry have become a huge controversy over the years.
The effortless makeup look of French women might seem like a positive characteristic, but it is the thin and frail body standards that have sparked controversy.
“Beautiful is very thin, very flat,” said Elizabeth Iserman, freshman public health major who grew up in France. “Most girls in France strive to look like those high-fashion models who grace down the runways at fashion weeks.”
The Middle East standard of beauty is surrounded by one’s religion. In the the Middle East, Islam, with it is many wardrobe restrictions, does not affect the influence of fashion. Makeup and jewelry play a big role in what it takes to be considered beautiful.
“From what I noticed, a lot of makeup, a lot jewelry in excessive amounts, your hair always has to be done and they are very big perfectionist,” said Ruthy Alraei, visual arts major of Middle Eastern heritage.
The standard of beauty changes all throughout the world but does not fail to connect to a different cultural standard. As different as all culture’s are, there is one thing that they all have in common: their pursuit of perfection.