Once upon a time…
Not a very long time ago…
The designers of the doll spent years of research and made huge investments to come up with the most beautiful features that are considered a prettiest woman in the whole universe ‘must haves’. Eventually after so much monetary spending and endless amount of brainstorming they came up with the most beautiful doll in the world that became a symbol of ‘woman perfection’ over the years. The doll was also given a name: Barbie.
Although it was mere brand of a doll representing a slim, shapely young woman with blonde hair and blue eyes and fair skin, but over the years it became an epitome of beauty. It got to a point where best compliment you got as a girl was: ‘Aww, you look like a Barbie!’.
However, this era turned the word beautiful the other way round.
When recently, the makers of Barbie launched their doll in China, it was a huge failure. The Chinese were offended. To them beauty standard were a lot more different. The company got sued by the locals over ‘huge eyes’ and ‘tall height’.
The company did eventually apologize and re-launched the Chinese version of beauty with small eyes and chubby face. We now live in the world of obese runway models and dark skinned skin care bloggers. Beauty might be an international, worldwide obsession but it differs from one region or culture to another.
To the Japanese the Africans might be ugly and to the Africans the Asians might seem bad looking, but what if the Asians believe that they are the prettiest ones around?
The answer is simple and very loud and clear: ever since the world became a global village the concept of beauty became more and more relative. The country itself defines its beauty standards and those standards in return have a great impact upon the trends and fashion. The shoes we wear, the handbag we own to the haircut we choose, the way we decide to carry ourselves or walk, all of it is defined by the ‘standards’ set by the society in which we live.
This statement has a proof as well: Last year, an experiment by UK group Superdrug Online Doctors had female graphic designers in 18 different countries Photoshop the same image of a woman into the “ideal” body type. The results were quite alarming as it showed a lot of variations across the countries. ‘Beauty is in the eyes of beholder’, indeed!
Yet another research carried out few months ago concludes one and only one thing: beauty standards are impossible to be evaluated and achieved. One thing that might appeal to one person or a group might look devastatingly horrible and utterly ugly to the other. There are no set standards or measurements which can help in declaring someone totally beautiful for the world. Hence, this relative form of beauty is the most beautiful form there is.
The causes behind beauty becoming a relative term are numerous: first and foremost, the cultures and countries alike are becoming more and more inclined towards accepting themselves and living by their own standards not by those defined by others. Secondly, there is so much diversity in the world that regarding someone ugly just because they don’t fit in well with your idea of beauty is baseless. Moreover, people are more aware and more sensible and judging people based upon a foreigners paradigm is certainly not sane.
In a nutshell, don’t go around calling someone ugly because they might be the most beautiful person to walk on this universe to some people. You don’t hold the scale of beauty anymore.
There never was a more beautiful beauty standard:
Everyone is beautiful to somebody.
It’s all relative now…and everyone is beautiful!