What the “Ideal” Woman Looks Like in 9 Countries Around the World

From tall and slim to petite and curvy, women across the globe come in all shapes and sizes. So it’s no wonder that every country has its own beauty standards that usually stand apart from the others. And, among them, some nations have such an uncommon way of seeing beauty that it just leaves us speechless.

1. Ethiopia

In this country, when a woman reaches child-bearing age, people remove her 2 lower front teeth and make a piercing in her lower lip. Then they insert a heavy clay or wooden disk in this hole. As she grows up, larger and larger disks are put there to further stretch the lip until it reaches a full-size plate. This lip plate is viewed by native Surma people as a symbol of female maturity that attracts men for marriage.

Local people also use weights to stretch their earlobes until they are long enough to touch their shoulders. They think — the more stretched their earlobe is, the more beautiful they are.

2. New Zealand

In New Zealand, tattoos are not only used to decorate skin, but the indigenous people, the Maori, use a tattoo technique called ta moko to make a kind of ID card in black and dark blue patterns right on the face of a person. Maori women traditionally tattoo themselves on the chin during adolescence and try to make their tattoos as neat and detailed as possible in order to show their social status.

When another person of the tribe looks at this tattoo, they can easily “read” the entire story of its bearer and estimate how beautiful a woman is.


3. Myanmar

For Kayan people living in Myanmar, the long neck is considered a symbol of well-being and beauty. That is why local girls wear brass coils around their neck from the age of 5. First, they put 6 rings around their neck and then the number of them increases by one each year. By the time of their marriage, the number of rings reaches its maximum as they stop adding them after their wedding.

As a result of wearing those coils, the woman’s neck can reach up to 40 cm. And sometimes the entire construction is so huge and uncomfortable that it’s difficult for a girl to even turn her head. However, they never complain — beauty requires sacrifice, doesn’t it?


4. China

For Chinese women, pale skin is considered a true beauty standard. This trend actually goes back to the past when the color of the skin was related to the social class a person belonged to. If the skin was dark, it meant that the person worked in the fields and was poor. Chinese girls don’t want to look poor, even today, so they’re ready to do anything to keep their skin as white as snow.

This addiction to a pale face goes far beyond just avoiding sunlight. To get rid of “black skin,” women in China also use all kinds of face creams that usually contain whitening agents.