The basic definition of beauty, according to the dictionary:
“A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.” The definition is the simplest definition of beauty, but the topic of beauty is much more than a simple definition
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Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder Beauty has many types and forms. Some people believe in having a beautiful mind and soul is being beautiful while others think having some kind of physical appearance consider as being beautiful.
Now here I discuss the standard of beauty regarding physical appearance and body structure.
Beauty is something that can cause conflicts in the opinion of people as it doesn’t have a rule it just depends on people’s perspective. But as with any other topic, society has some rules about it. Beauty also had some jurisdiction, but there is constantly changing in these rules with time.
There are many eras, but these are some most important ones:
1. Egyptian Era:
➢ They considered women as pretty who have a lean physique and narrow shoulder.
➢ In this era, women who have a longer waistline and perfectly balanced face considered as the icon of beauty.
2. Ancient Greece Era:
➢ In this era, the preferable color of women skin was white.
➢ Regarding appearance, there is a drastic change from the previous era.
➢ As they considerer women as beautiful who are slightly overweight and have large ass and breasts with a non-narrow waistline.
3. Han Dynasty Era:
➢ In this era, men prefer women who are more girlish and feminine.
➢ They want their women to be petite with large eyes and small feet.
➢ In the matter of skin color, that did not change as much as from the previous era.
➢ The preferable color of skin was pale, and in the matter of lip, the red lip was more famous.
4. Italian Renaissance Era:
➢ In this era, the ideal women are very much similar to women in the ancient Greece era.
➢ They also consider women who have some fat on stomach and hip, also have relatively large breasts.
➢ The only difference is the choice of skin color.
➢ The color of women that consider the most beautiful and appealable is white with a hint of brown.
5. Victorian England Era:
➢ In this era, the most dominant figure was the hourglass figure.
➢ The preferable and appealable women were those who have some extra fat and large hips but with very narrow waistlines.
➢ Another very dominant thing was the item of clothing “corset”
➢ Women used this item of clothing to clinch their b waist, so they have society approved hourglass figure.
6. Roaring Twenties Era:
➢ This era is remarkable as the standard of beauty is opposite from any other period.
➢ In this era, women who have a flat chest and their physical appearance similar to boys considered as the most beautiful ones.
➢ In this era, to make something, less appealing is very popular.
➢ Apart from physical appearance, the change in hairstyle is also drastic, long hair always considers as the icon of beauty, but in this era, women who have short hair thought to be the icon of beauty.
7. The Golden Era of Hollywood:
➢ The boyish figure trend does not last very long.
➢ Hourglass with the figure was back in this era.
➢ Women who have curves and large hips were thought to be beautiful and stunning.
8. Swinging Sixties:
➢ In this era, the preference for ideal women is the complete opposite of the Han Dynasty Era.
➢ In this era, women who are board, tall, and thin were considered as the most beautiful women.
➢ The trend of having long and slim legs is also viral.
9. Supermodel Era:
➢ In this era, the most popular trend is workout and exercise.
➢ The slogan that gained the most popular it is to be thin but fit so the women who considered as the icon have athletic body and toned arms and legs.
➢ Having curves and slightly higher height was also thought of as the most appealing feature in women’s bodies back then.
10. Heroine Chic:
➢ In this, the most dangerous trend regarding human health start getting popular was skinny like on the verge of being unhealthy, and uncared.
➢ Also, the famous skin color was translucent, the color of the skin through which you can see veins.
➢ Another highlight of this era has a mixed appearance, which means your physical appearance has a resemblance in both male and female physique.
11. Postmodern Era:
➢ In this era, having healthy skin consider as a blessing.
➢ Hourglass figure and having large butts and breasts were also back in trend in this era too.
➢ Another addition of the unique features of women must-haves had a thigh gap in this era.
Now after looking at the general standards of beauty throughout history. Now there is one era that is left, and that is present, so let’s discuss that,
Present View On Beauty:
As I mentioned earlier, the beauty genuinely describes the opinion and thoughts of people as that gave a lot of freedom to people also buy, cause a lot of conflicts and clashes.
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In today’s view having any type of body is acceptable and also desirable, the only condition is the person should be happy with his/her institution.
These thoughts have so much power in it alone, and it causes so many benefits to humankind some of them are
i. Body Positivity:
It is a very refreshing moment that has a lot of effects on young girls. Nowadays, people are starting to love their body and all its “flaws”.
There are not any “flaws” naturally in the body but perceived ones. Such as having a stomach roll, hip dips, or no thigh gaps is ordinary and are not flaws or mistakes that should be fixable.
Having freedom on what type of body a person has is a total blessing. It just helps a lot to people who born with some kind of disability. Earlier, having a disability is like that is a mistake and burden on society, but now people are accepting their disabilities.
So this is a very refreshing perspective on the beauty industry, but it came with multiple side effects. Some of them are as follows:
a) Birth of Diet Culture:
Nowadays, people want to lose weight just to be healthy, and this is a very aspiring thought, but if you look in-depth, this is very dangerous.
Because people lose weight in the most unhealthy ways. Their goal is to lose weight irrespective of how harmful it can be on their body.
Due to this culture, a lot of diets have been born. Some of them are as follows:
These are just some, but they are tons of other too that are very popular among teens
b) Plastic surgery:
Nowadays people have the freedom to look as they want so some people have been using this freedom in a very negative way. They are using the medical procedure to enhance their beauty and promoting it, which causes a lot of teens to go under the knife for a desirable face which just results in disaster.
Not only people promoting plastic surgery, but they are also endorsing the fact that you should. Because these people nowadays are the beauty icon and if you don’t look like them, then that means you are ugly that causes a lot of mental illness in the young population.
Another trend that is very dangerous and harmful to people’s minds and bodies is doing photoshop to your pictures.
It is highly triggering as this causes a lot of young girls to go under the knife and have that feature. Just because they thought having that feature is essential and everybody has it.
On the other hand, in reality, that feature is almost impossible to achieve—for instance, stretch marks, smoothness, thigh gap, zero rolls, etc.
Some people believe beauty is something that you born with, but others also consider enhancing it by materialistic ways like makeup. People like to form some specific rules just to make sure they fit in society. In different eras, women were considered beautiful or ugly just based on some features, and that is cruel. And this is something that not only women face throughout history but also means too.
So there is time we should take a break from being a part of society that has a rule, and that describes who are you what are you, and you’re worth. These things not only disturb the physical functions of the body but also mentally too.