Strange cultural perceptions of beauty in Thailand

The perception of beauty is something that differs from person to person, country to country, culture to culture and even time period to time period. For example, in Western cultures it is often thought that getting a tan will make a pale skinned person more attractive and those with pallid skin are often considered unhealthy looking and pasty. In the East, this idea of beauty is sometimes reversed. Here in Thailand, it is the tanned people who are sometimes considered less attractive. Extremely pale skin is highly sought after in Thailand and is often seen as a sign of status. Dark skinned Thais are seen as spending too much time working in the sun, rather than sunbathing, and the assumption is that they therefore don’t have high paying, luxurious jobs. 

Size is another indicator of wealth and beauty. These days everyone is hitting the gyms to look like an Adonis but back in the day, it was the more corpulent members of society who were considered more attractive, as their size indicated that they were wealthy enough to afford an abundance of food. Curvier women were considered more beautiful too, whereas today it’s the stick figures who seem to be getting all the attention.

Size in other parts of the body came into play too. In China, women used to bind their feet, as tiny feet were considered to be more beautiful, but there’s more to it than that apparently. Having tiny feet, Chinese women were forced to walk with an uncomfortable posture that tightened the muscles in their upper legs, hips and vaginas. With the weight being put on their heels, Chinese women developed tight V-Jays and large thighs that were considered voluptuous. This might seem like a lot of painful effort to go to, but it was well worth it in the end, at least for the men. 

Beauty is perceived differently all over the world, so no matter how ugly you might feel, rest assured that there’s a group out there somewhere who probably thinks you’re gorgeous.

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