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Depending on the country a person lives in, their ideals of what constitutes true beauty can differ markedly from others’. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. But the upside of this is that what many of us consider to be our physical defects might turn out to be charming to someone out there.
Axar.az presents a selection of the most interesting things that people find attractive and sexy in various countries around the world.
1.Crooked teeth - Japan
In Western countries, a straight line of even teeth is considered the definition of the perfect smile, and many can’t imagine that people might think otherwise. But in Japan, things are the other way around: the peak of attractiveness is the so-called "yaeba," or crooked teeth. It’s believed that people look cuter if they have this quality. It’s for this reason that dentists in Japan are in high demand — from both young men and women!
2.Scarification - Western Africa, New Guinea
The inhabitants of New Guinea and several other countries in Africa still decorate their bodies with patterns and numerous artistic scars. The scars are usually given to men during an initiation ceremony, whereas for women these "tattoos" are considered an indication of great beauty. Of course, in the developed world there is no small number of people who also find this practice attractive — what is often referred to as body modification.
3.Excess weight - Mauritania
Mauritanians have absolutely no chance of attracting a man’s gaze if they don’t have folds of fat on their stomach.
To make sure girls obtain the desired dimensions, their parents send them to special "farms" where they can eat up to 16,000 calories a day (the norm is 1,500). Unfortunately, because of this tradition, many girls develop stomach illnesses.
4.Surgical dressings on the face - Iran
Iran is the capital of rhinoplasty. Despite the high price of the procedure, men and women here are ready to pay anything for the sake of a straight nose, which is seen here not only as a symbol of beauty but also of a certain status in society.
But this is far from the strangest thing you can see here. Even if someone hasn’t had a nose job, they might decide to walk around in public with a surgical dressing on their face to make people think they have.
5.Stretched lips - The Mursi people
In the Mursi tribe of Ethiopia, girls learn to stretch the skin of their lower lips using special disks. The larger the disk, the higher the girl’s social status, and the larger the dowry that has to be paid before a marriage.
As for the reasons behind this unusual tradition, there are two theories: on the one hand, the Mursi believe that evil spirits can enter a person through the mouth, and therefore the disk is used to stop them. According to the other version, the Mursi began to do this to avoid having their women taken away to be used as slaves.
2017.01.28 / 12:38