Beauty Types as Cultural Constructions

Posted: September 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Beauty ideals are determined by many factors — cultural constructions, historical experience, influence of media. In some African tribes, for example, women stretch their bottom lips using a clay plate (see photo above)  in order to define their beauty — the larger the lip plate, the more beautiful a woman is considered to be. See the infographic below for other examples of culturally constructed beauty types in different non-Western societies. Can we say that the global influence of Western media is “globalizing” beauty types based on Western ideals?

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