Beauty Standards Around the World: Embracing Diversity and Unique Perceptions

Beauty Standards Around the World: Embracing Diversity and Unique Perceptions

Standards and measures of beauty vary according to time and place. It is very possible that there is a country or a culture that considers a certain sign of beauty while another culture considers it a sign of ugliness. Beauty is a relative thing that does not have specific criteria or standards. Beauty is related to cultures, customs, and beliefs; from here we will take you on a tour around the world to know the different standards of beauty:

China and Thailand

There are some Asian countries such as China and Thailand that consider a pale face and very light skin to be standard signs of beauty for men and women, so many men in China and Thailand always shave their chins permanently, while women always cover their faces while going to the beach so as not to tan their skin.


Many people consider straight-line teeth to be the ideal form of smile and beauty, but in Japan the matter is completely different; people with crooked and uneven teeth are the most attractive and efficient.


The Burmese people consider that women with a neck or a very long neck are the most beautiful among women; they consider the length of the neck of women a sign of beauty there, so women put gold and metal rings in their necks to show off the beauty of their necks. The legend in Burma says that these rings protect women from the attacks of tigers.


Women in Ethiopia, specifically in the tribes of Marsa, extend the skin of the lower lips by using special discs for that. They believe that the large lips are a sign of female beauty. Their dowry depends on how much they extend the skin of the lower lips; the legend says there that evil spirits enter the person from his mouth, so this is their way to expel these spirits.


The people of Tajikistan consider the eyebrows connected to each other from the middle as a sign of beauty for women.  They believe that it gives them a more natural and beautiful shape; they also believe that the person who has two connected eyebrows will have a happy life.


One of the standards of beauty in Mauritania is that the girl is full and overweight, specifically in the folds of her stomach, so women do not stop eating to gain extra weight.

South Korea

South Korea is famous for its large-scale cosmetic surgeries. Koreans consider a heart-shaped face to be the ideal form of beauty, so women there undergo cosmetic surgery to obtain a heart-shaped face.

New Guinea

The people of New Guinea and a number of countries in Africa consider the striping on the skin, the appearance of scars, and prominent marks in men in particular as a measure of beauty; they see in women's tattoos the utmost beauty and attractiveness.


The people of Iran believe that the straight nose is the ultimate in beauty and attractiveness, so they always perform cosmetic surgeries in order to get a straight nose, so the people of Iran consider the straight nose to be a standard of beauty.


Many African tribes, particularly the Fula tribe, see the large forehead for women as a sign of beauty, so many women remove parts of their hair to show their large forehead.

Standards and measures of beauty differ everywhere and at all times; they also differ according to each culture and each country. Some cultures consider thinness in women as signs of beauty, while other cultures consider obesity and full weight as signs of attractiveness and beauty. Therefore, beauty does not depend on specific criteria and standards. Beauty has no characteristics; everyone has his/her own beauty that distinguishes him/her from the other.