Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But for those of us living in Western society, we possess a stagnant and unoriginal view on beauty. Generally, a celebrity or athlete who is considered pretty or good looking will almost always be considered beautiful by our society. This does not mean that beauty doesn’t vary in other countries.
In Japan, they embrace crooked teeth whereas in Western countries that is almost always not the case. In Kenya, long earlobes are considered attractive while in Ethiopia, long and stretched lips are considered a mark of beauty.
Here are 4 unusual beauty standards that women are held up to around different parts of the world.
1. In Japan, crooked teeth are considered attractive. Women will usually pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars to have their teeth be crooked or “snaggled.” Although this was made popular by pop stars, Japanese culture has long considered crooked teeth as alluring. Japanese men and women considered the “imperfect” smile child-like and endearing.
Yaeba, which literally translates to “double tooth,” is sought after by many Japanese women. The dental procedure which can range anywhere between $200 to $600 per tooth is the process whereby the upper canines are capped either temporarily or permanently. This “fanged” look is obtained when the canines are pushed forward by the molars.
There is a wide assortment of dental salons in Japan that perform this dental procedure. Women can either get their teeth capped, which is temporary, or have their teeth pushed forward which is permanent. Some dentists even provide discounts for middle-school and high-school students, but ID is required.
This may seem weird to some of us, but is there really any difference when you look at Western men and women who get cosmetic surgery to fulfill society’s conception of beauty?
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