9 Weird and wonderful beauty standards in the world
1. Inked Designs India
This one does not fall into the weird category but rather different but beautiful.
While tattoos may still be frowned upon in some cultures, temporary ink drawings on the hands, body, or face are often used to celebrate special occasions – safe in the knowledge that the images will fade after a few weeks, or a few good washes. Henna is used frequently in India to decorate visible parts of the body on a bride’s wedding day, or for certain religious festivals throughout the year. Delicate and intricate patterns are painted directly onto the skin to create a beautiful visual effect, a fad that is currently being copied by Western women, who are fascinated by Indian culture, or are just too scared to have a permanent tattoo.
2. Lotus feet China
3. Long Neck Thailand
Traditionally, from an early age of 2 to 5, young Kayan girls in northern Thailand will begin wearing brass rings around their necks. Every 5 years, more rings are added. The weight of the rings pushes the collar bone down and compresses the rib cage making the neck appear longer. It is believed that women with long necks are more beautiful and thus likely to attract husbands.
4.The Indian Tribe – Napatani
Yaeba that translates as double or multilayered tooth is a dental procedure where the upper canine teeth are capped temporarily or permanently to create a fanged look. The trend was invented by Japanese pop idol group AKB48 and several people in Japan think it is stunning.
6 . Korea
One in every five South Korean has undergone a cosmetic surgery. For South Koreans, having flawless white skin, thin bodies, small faces, pointed noses and larger eyes are regarded as beautiful and that is why they spend hundreds of dollars for a nose surgery alone. Nose and eyes surgeries are common for people in South Korea
7 . Ta Moko
Tattoos are regarded as a sacred ritual in New Zealand. Ta Moko is a 1000 year-old tradition where mallets and chisels are used to mark an individual’s skin. These tattoos signify a female’s beauty, strength and fertility and a male’s readiness for adult responsibilities.
The procedure, which also involves knocking out the bottom two teeth, is done at the age of 15-18.
In recent times, the Ethiopian government has taken measures to ban the discs, and the frequency amongst the younger generations is reportedly dwindling.
The discs carry a multifaceted significance. They are intended to attract a husband, as well as a dowry for the family of the wife, who are given a contingent of cattle respective to the size of the disc.
9. Scarification Karo tribe Ethipia
Scarification, or the practice of marking the skin with a knife to create patterns or symbolic marks is particularly popular in Africa, especially the Karo tribe from Ethiopia and South Sudan’s nomadic Dinka people. The Dinka mark the faces of teenage boys and girls in the tribe as a rite of passage. Usually, girls are marked with beautiful patterns, and boys have three parallel lines, which are supposed to represent their entry into manhood. Although the procedure can be painful, Dinka youths are expressly forbidden from crying or even flinching during their own scarification, since doing so would bring shame to their whole family.