"A truly beautiful woman makes the best of her physical assets but, more importantly, she also radiates a personal quality which is attractive."
Beauty has become such an important part of our life; we are obsessed with beauty. The pressure to look good is more than ever due to social media and western beauty standards.
We all know the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” but what is considered beautiful in one culture, can easily be considered not beautiful or strange in another. Even though these differences make for a beautiful diverse culture. These perceptions can lead to painful and in some cases harmful discrimination affecting the other person’s sense of self.
Different cultures often have opposing ideas of what can make you happy. For some it’s having a family. For others it’s all about having a successful career. Many feel wealth is the true route to happiness, whilst others claim it’s finding a soul mate to share your life with.
None of these are right or wrong per se, as again, we all have differing ideas on what can truly make us happy in life. One common theme surrounding happiness and self-worth is how you perceive yourself.
Some cultures have led to a strong emphasis on what is beautiful on the outside. While it’s nice to think some care more so of inner beauty, even the most contrasting cultures place an emphasis on some type of physical attractiveness.
Weight for example, is an aspect of beauty that is different in certain cultures. Many African countries feel that being overly skinny is incredibly unattractive, while curvy women are irresistible.
This is quite different in western cultures, where impressively thin supermodels are deemed the most attractive by the vast majority. The concept that thin is the only beautiful form is an almost unanimously-accepted truth.
If women go out of their way to be as thin as possible, men in western cultures may feel pressured into having a more muscular physique. This is yet another concept that can differ from one culture to another.
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