Am I Beautiful Enough For My Culture?

Beauty is a tricky concept. Even though the word is supposed to create a subjective meaning, it appeals to our physical senses creating a dangerous context. Confucius once said,

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

Is that so?

In this week’s Culture Corner, we will look beneath the surface of beauty standards and how societal norms influence them, particularly for women.

As might one expect, every society grew out different expectations and definitions of beauty. While Korea values fairness and porcelain skin, Indian culture sticks to black lustrous hair and thick eyebrows. The examples can duplicate as we dig deeper; however, our main interest is to learn the source of them. In the last few decades, beauty ideals have been integrated into our life mostly by the media nourishing people's lack of self-esteem and body dissatisfaction.

The case draws more attention over time, finally leading to independent industries involving cosmetics, plastic surgeries, and diets.

  • One of the most expensive skincare brands sells its products for up to 4800 dollars in the market. (Vine Vera-Resveratrol Malbec DNA Magnetic Mask) No pressure…

  • Ending this year in the first place, 4,361,867 plastic surgeries have taken place in America followed by 2,267,405 surgeries in Brazil. No pain no gain!

  • Roughly half of the world’s population is trying to maintain a diet. You too, right?

Considering the numbers above, it is a matter of fact that beauty is a rich business. Even though we are becoming more and more part of these industries, the significance of self-awareness and self-love should not be forgotten. You are 100% responsible for your actions and free to do what operation, to eat what meal, and to put what product on your face. Be the one who decides the best for you, instead of your culture or your society!


Melis Ata