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"Beauty Standards" have affected women for many centuries. Standards have also changed almost every single decade. For Example:
1860s: Corsets Were Required for Women to Wear Underneath Their Dresses to Make Them Look Shapely
1920s: Corsets Were Abandon and Women Wanted to Be Free By Wearing Strapless Bras. The Boyish (Petite) Body Shape was Preferred. The What We Now Call "Smokey Eye" Looks Was The Go To Look.
1950s: Ms. Marilyn Monroe Was Considered a Sex Symbol Because of Her Full Hourglass Figure
1960s: Feminism Was Taking Over and Supermodels Were Becoming a Thing. "Twiggy", With Her Long and Slender Legs and Petite Body Was Now The Face (Look) as To What a Desired Women's Body Type Was.
1970s: The Athletic Body Type, Feathered Hair and Tanned Skin Was Desired Amongst A Lot of Women, Especially Caucasian Females. For Some Black Women, The Afro Hairstyles Was Most Preferred.
1980s: Big Hair and An Athletic Looking Body Was the Ideal of The Decade. Take Madonna As an Example.
1990s: Going Into The 90s, Pale Skin and An Angular Face Shape Was In. Just Look at Kate Moss.
2000s: The Tall, Stick Figure and Long, Blonde Hair Was The Ideal Look for Women in The Aughties Era. Paris Hilton Is Often Though of.
2010s and Present Day: The Hourglass Figure, Tiny (Toned) Waist, Big Bust, Full Lips and Big Eyes Were, and Still Are, Most Desired Amongst Women Today, Especially Amongst Teens and Young Adults. Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Gigi and Bella Hadid, etc.
I think we all can agree that "beauty standards" have taken over today's world in society. Many of us may possess a "preferred" feature, but we are still deemed as "ugly" and or "unattractive"! Why so? You have to remember that although we've come a long way, throughout the years, especially here in America, we are still dealing with people of specific races being discriminated against for what they were born with. This goes for specifically POC (People of Color). The features that many of us were born with are desired, but not on our faces or body! How ridiculous is that.
In today's world, small upturned noses, big doe eyes, full lips, V shaped jawline, light skin, as well as tan looking skin are the most desired. Along with this, long, full, silky hair, besides loosely curly hair, is most preferred.
In my opinion, although all shapes and sizes that women posses are beautiful in their own way, aren't we all affected by what the world (media) wants us to look like and pressured to achieve to look a certain way, whether it's going on a diet or getting plastic surgery? The standards of the western world has taken a toll and has altered what many think beauty is supposed to look like!
What I really feel like is that those who have prominent features, often get left on the back burner and or are looked at with disgust, like we're undesirable, unattractive because of how "big" or unique our features may be. As a woman of color, and as a minority in the States, I have some prominent features, as well. I have full lips, a pretty broad, but upturned nose. I also have big doe eyes and a prominent jawline. I also have a slender figure. Some of the features that I possess are deemed as unattractive, especially on my face, but beautiful on a White woman's face. Not here to pick on Caucasian women, but this is the truth. Some pictures of me are below:
Prominent features are often categorized with women from certain ethnic backgrounds. Some traits are even common for some who are part of a specific race/ethnicity. Some women (as well as men) have a long, hooked nose. Some may have broad and wide noses. Some women have thin lips, while others have full lips. Some women have small almond looking eyes, while some have what some may call, "bug eyes". But did you know that in certain countries (regions) of the world, certain traits (especially prominent features) are deemed as more attractive or desired to have? This is also known to have occured in history. I encourage all to look up prominent features throughout history of the world.
Although my opinion won't change beauty standards of today, I think that prominent features are gorgeous and something unique to you that no one else has! They represent us and who our ancestors were and where they came from. The pictures that I put below are of some beautiful ethnic women from around the world. See how diverse and beautiful all features can be, no matter how big or small!
Although this wasn't as detailed as I would've liked it to be or as long, I hope this brings attention to all the women (and men) out there, who have prominent features that they're insecure about. Just remember that what you're insecure about, others long to have what you were born with! Thank you.
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Good MyTake, MelaninQueen21.
One minor oversight was the Flapper trend in the 1920 where it was a fashion for women to bind their breasts and wear clothing that de-accentuated their curves. It wasn't dissimilar to the Twiggy look. There was also the fad, popularized by early movie stars, of plucking and penciling in thin eyebrows.
But that's unimportant other than to point out the strangeness of fashion trends that are popularized by movies and advertising.
I think many fashion trends, including clothing, makeup and hair are ridiculous. It's odd that so many women try to copy the latest trends. Although, as more and more fashions are developed over time, some work really well and give people more choices to choose what works for them.
Men are attracted to female bodies, including smooth skin. But when it comes to certain features like boob and butt size, hair type, and facial features, men's tastes are as varied as are women's appearances. In fact, a lot of guys are pretty open-minded and uncritical. I think women are the ones who tend to overthink and assess every detail of their appearance.
It's one thing to look the best you can. I think women's concern for grooming (hair, nails, smooth skin, tasteful makeup), clothing, and overall appearance is adorable. But a lot of guys can be turned off when women overdo it to the point of looking fake with things like too much make up, crazy hair styles and colors, grotesque nails, lip injections, plastic surgery enhancements, and even tats and piercings. Trying to achieve perfection accomplishes the opposite.
Maybe I'm biased in my partiality for the fresh, feminine, girl next door look and the ability for her to transform like a chameleon from a tom boy one minute and into an elegant woman the next.
I think what makes a person most attractive is happiness, joy for life, and comfort in their own skin. If a woman thinks she is beautiful, men will think she is, too. After all, personality aside, women already have what men want in a sexual partner. Physical details are inconsequential as long as she knows how to be a woman and enjoys it.
By the way, guys can be just as subject to insecurity about themselves based on fashion, marketing, movies, etc. There's enough low self esteem to go around.
Thanks for the MHO, MelaninQueen21.