15 Unbelievable Beauty Secrets From Around The World
There is actually a medical term for having a unibrow called synophrys. In the West, the unibrow is considered very unattractive and becomes the brunt of the joke. In Tajikistan, a small Asian country, the unibrow is celebrated in full.
Women and girls let their unibrow grow thick. It is considered highly attractive on them. Those who can’t grow a unibrow naturally will use an herbal remedy to fake it. Usma, a leafy green herb, is sold in all Tajik markets. You can get a small bunch for about six cents.
The process is simple but effective. Take a bunch of usma and let it dry in the sun for a couple hours, and then grind up the leaves until a dark green goo seeps out. Dip a branch of usma, or a matchstick into the goo and smear it on your eyebrows, making sure, of course, to color the space in between.
Leave on for 15 minutes, and repeat the smearing process one or two more times. The result is a deep black unibrow, rich and expressive. What women do for beauty.
Ancient Rome is well-known for many things: the Coliseum, gladiators, powerful emperors. What it is not as well-known for is beauty products. For good reason too. It turns out that the women of ancient Rome had some very quirky beauty routines.
Sweat from gladiators and fat from the animals that fought in the arena were sold in souvenir pots outside the arena. Apparently, it would improve a woman's complexion.
Other, more normal makeup was usually sold in tablet or cake form. Wealthy women could afford eye shadows and liners of sorts. Makeup was usually associated with prostitutes though and was considered immoral and seductive.
But I guess wearing the sweat of a gladiator was considered just fine.
Plastic surgeons in South Korea say that the mark of beauty is not the standard Asian face, but more the Caucasian face. Women are lining up to get eyelid surgery where they cut a slit in the eyelid to make the eye wider and less of a slant custom to some Asian looks.
They are also getting nose reshaping and facial contouring to mimic Caucasian faces. The women are trying to look more “western”. It isn’t just women, though.
Sadly, girls as young as 11 and 12 years old are getting the surgeries. They have low self-esteem and their parents are willing to give them plastic surgery to try to boost their confidence.
The largest plastic surgery center is in Seoul, South Korea and is 12 stories tall. It isn’t uncommon for the building to have every operation room occupied for surgery.
Chinese and Korean women are defining beauty by western standards and in the process are rejecting themselves and their unique beauty.
Viking women wore these metal discs and clasps that formed shoulder protection and were actually meant to lift and shape the breasts. This first bra was banned once the Christians arrived, because it brought attention to women’s bodies. They were seen as pagan devices. Today, women commonly wear bras to conform to social norms such as a dress code, or because they believe bras prevent breasts from sagging, a fact that even bra makers do not support.
In western cultures, about 10 to 25 percent of women do not wear a bra, either as a matter of preference or sometimes for health or comfort reasons. Some garments, such as camisoles, tank tops and backless dresses, have built-in breast support, alleviating the need to wear a separate bra. There are several types of bras. Some bras are built for support; others are to make the breasts appear larger. There are bras with underwire and ones without.
Israel has taken a stand against the pressures of the fashion industry. They passed a law that all models have to have a body mass index of 18.5 or more to be legally hired. Male and female models must have doctor’s consent stating they are not underweight with a BMI of at least 18.5. The law also bans people that are visibly too thin to model and the use of photo manipulation to make models appear thinner. They are working to reinvent the definition and ideals of beauty to something realistic and healthy. Anorexia and bulimia are extremely serious and dangerous diseases.
The laws Israel has placed on models and the fashion industry to adhere to are a major step toward improvement and expecting more from our society. The fashion industry demands a perfection that doesn’t exist and as a result, a dangerous ideal for beauty and thinness has developed in the modeling industry. Two anorexic South American models died in 2006 and as a result, India and Italy also banned underweight models from the catwalk. Our hats are off to India, Italy, and Israel for taking a stand.
It was called “Ohaguro” and was common in Japan and Southeast Asia until the early 1900’s. The dye was usually made out of ferric acetate, which was the result of dissolving iron in vinegar. People would take this dye and smear it on their teeth every morning so when they smiled they would have pitch black teeth. So why would they do this? For one it was considered aristocratic and was a tradition since ancient times.
They considered black things beautiful, such as black paint and liquors. Although this sounds strange to Western cultures who desire the whitest teeth possible, it was actually good for you! The glaze protected against decay and preserved teeth when dental care had yet to take root!
The practice of manipulating a young child’s soft skull is not unique in human history. It was perhaps most prominent in the Paracas culture that resided on the coast of Peru, south of the capital Lima. At least 5 distinct shapes of elongated skulls have been found by archeologists, each being predominant in specific cemeteries.
The manipulated skulls were a sign of nobility and/or high social class. Deformation usually begins just after birth for the next couple years until the desired shape has been reached or the child reaches an age where his/her skull is no longer malleable.
Flat shaped, elongated heads were produced by binding the head between two pieces of wood and rounded ones were produced by binding in cloth.
The Crisis in Congo has already consumed more people that WW2, and yet it receives less attention than news of a cat being stuck in a tree. The country has been torn apart by the war, but it seems like one group manages to keep its fashion sense intact.
They call themselves the “Sapeurs” and dress in tailored suits, smoke pipes, and wear immaculate food, against the backdrop of one of Congo’s many slums. This sort of lifestyle extends back to the 18th century; liberated slaves would dress and act in such a way as an expression of their freedom and dignity.
Despite seeing the brutality of three civil wars, the Sapeurs of Congo remain non-violent, respectful, and considerate. Their motto is “Let’s drop our weapons, let us work and dress elegantly.” In a way, they are resisting the affects of the poverty that their nation has been overcome by.
In 2010, Iran's culture ministry produced a list of haircuts that meet government approval. Making the banned list are ponytails, mullets, and elaborate spikes. Goatees, previously frowned upon, are also now allowed.
The reasoning behind this is an attempt to rid the country of “decadent Western cuts.” Approved haircuts are “inspired by Iranians' complexion, culture and religion, and Islamic law.”
Iranian police often carry out “morality checks,” arresting men and women who are wearing unaccepted styles, in order to support the Iranian and Islamic culture and keep western influences out.
Women in an Indonesian tribe sharpen their teeth as a fashion statement!
Females in the Mentawai tribe of West Sumatra take great ‘pains’ to make themselves look attractive. You think shaving your legs and wearing makeup is bad? Try sharpening your teeth to a point and getting tattooed by being hammered on with a needle! They do admit the processes are painful, but such is the price of beauty within their culture.
You can see the Mentawai women here on Youtube:
Tan is the new pale. In pre-industrial Western society, paleness was a sign of status. Those who were wealthy enough could afford spending life indoors and under fancy hats and parasols, rather than laboring in the fields under the bright sun.
Therefore, paleness was associated with an upper-class life of ease. However, the modern industrial period brought the advent of mass factory and mine labor, and by the 1920\'s tanned skin was now an indicator of wealth. In many areas of the world that are still pre-industrial, pale skin is still considered a sign of beauty.
There are many “humorous” units of measurement. Invented for a variety of reasons, they typically don’t serve much of a practical purpose beyond one or two instances. One of the more exceptional of these is the millihelen- referring to Helen of Troy. Helen of Troy is known as “the face that launched a thousand ships,” so using her namesake is pretty appropriate.
The system was invented by a Cambridge mathematician named W.A.H. Rushton. So how is it put into practice? It’s jokingly used as the measure of how much beauty is required to launch a ship. During the Trojan War, 1,186 ships came to fight for Helen of Troy. Therefore, she has a beauty rating of 1.186 helens. A negative helen is measured by the number of sunken ships or the amount of “negative beauty” that can turn ships around.
The millihelen was refined by a man named Thomas Fink, claiming one helen is the beauty of 50 million women, the number of women alive in 12th century BC. For a woman’s beauty to be scored, she must be more beautiful than other women. For a woman to have a score of 2 helens, she must be the most beautiful of twice as many women. It’s all pretty strangely complicated, and if it interests you, you can read more about it here:
A woman got 3,200 piercings in a single sitting!
The record has yet to be made official by Guinness, but Staysha Randall will almost assuredly own this painful record soon enough. The piercings were done by Bill “Danger” Robinson of Inktoxicated Tattoos in Las Vegas. Randall initially wanted to obliterate the previous record of 3,100 piercings by going for 3,600 of her own, but later decided to settle for 400 fewer. Staysha’s piercings were made on the back of her arms, her upper and lower back, behind her thighs, and on the rear of her calves. OUCH.
Pubescent boys and men are normally the only people who grow beards, but women suffering from hirsutism can develop a beard. When differentiating between upper and lower facial hair, a beard specifically includes the moustache, which refers to hair above and around the upper lip. Over the course of history, men with facial hair have been ascribed various attributes such as wisdom, sexual virility, masculinity, or a higher status; however, beards may also be perceived to be associated with a lack of general cleanliness and a loss of refinement, particularly in modern times.
Biologists characterize beards as secondary sexual characteristics because they are unique to one gender, yet do not play a direct role in reproduction. Charles Darwin first noted a possible evolutionary explanation of beards in his work The Descent of Man, which hypothesized that the process of sexual selection may have led to beards. Modern biologists have reaffirmed the role of sexual selection in the evolution of beards, concluding that there is evidence that a preponderance of females finds mates with beards more attractive than mates without beards.
A study was taken on 500 grade school students. The assessment was of the social status of gifted students in grade school enrolled in an educational pull-out program with their non-gifted peers. Non-gifted peers assessed personality, physical, and school attributes of gifted students.
Major gender differences were found in the study. Gifted male students were found to be among the most popular in the school while their female counterparts who were seen as the least popular of the four groups: gifted males, non-gifted males, gifted females, and non-gifted females. Girls overall were perceived as moody and sad while the boys were seen as being funny and having a good sense of humor.
Gifted boys were seen as more physically attractive than the non-gifted boys and were also found to be less aggressive, more creative, and smarter than children in the other groups. Check more information at the source.