Discussion in 'China' started by BangersAndMash, Oct 25, 2013.
Apparently it's the number one operation for young girls in Shanghai, fast forward to 30:09....
Chinese Women and Double Eyelid Standards of Beauty
Western men and women alike find the eyes of Asians beautifully exotic, pertaining particularly to their slanted or almond shape. Chinese women are seemingly unaware of this, though; countless numbers undergo cosmetic surgery to change how their eyes look. Among the many physical characteristics of western women that Chinese women covet, double eyelids are the most popular.
In fact, double eyelid surgery is among the most common cosmetic surgeries performed on women in China. The Chinese standards of beauty necessitate such procedures or, at least, Chinese women feel they absolutely have to live up to these standards (of course, the feeling that they need to live up to certain beauty standards is shared by all women from all cultures).
Most Chinese women will actually be shocked to hear that western women find their eyes beautiful. They will be even more shocked when they hear that itâ€™s the shape of their eyes that makes them so appealing; the fact that their single eyelids are not factored in at all is what really floors them. They go through all that trouble to get that crease on their eyelids, after all!
But, of course, Chinese women do not get the double eyelid surgery to look attractive to westerners; they do it to look beautiful in the eyes of their family, Chinese men, and other Chinese women. Itâ€™s just one of the items on the list of Chinese beauty standards that they get to check off and which bring them closer to being the perfect Chinese woman.
Chinese actresses in Hollywood who are considered exotic goddesses for their â€œnatural Chinese beautyâ€ wonâ€™t turn heads at all in China. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that most of them will totally fail Chinese beauty standards. Itâ€™s a head-scratcher, or maybe not.
Itâ€™s a very human characteristic to want what we donâ€™t have. Westerners have double eyelids and so the easterners want them; easterners have beautifully shaped eyes and so the westerners want those. Perhaps it also has to do with the uncommonness of the other look. Slanted/almond Asian eyes are rare on western faces, so their uncommonness makes them appealing; the same goes for double eyelids on Chinese faces.
And of course, there is also the status and the â€œface gainedâ€ that go with being able to afford to get the procedure. They all come in one â€œbeautiful package.â€ And there are so many Chinese women who spend years working hard and saving up to get that crease on their eyelids, and those whose very first paycheck they spend on the procedure â€“ their self-confidence and sense of self-worth depends on it.
Women obsessing about their looks and building their sense of self-worth around them exist in nearly all cultures, past and present. In China, however, the standards have changed drastically ever since the country opened its gates to the west. In fact, their old standards of beauty were far healthier than the western ones they have adopted.
Getting double eyelids may not seem like an extreme step on the ladder of obsession with physical beauty, especially when compared to the many, drastic cosmetic procedures that women in the west undergo in their pursuit of physical â€œperfection.â€ All the same, it is a step away from the natural, which is the healthy standard of beauty that is fast becoming extinct.
When it comes to beauty, it is said over and over again that it is in the eye of the beholder. Every culture has its own standards of beauty, but more and more, modern societies are coveting the looks of people that come from a different culture. Nowadays, the oft-repeated quote has evolved into: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder from the other side of the fence.
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I thought Koreans were massively into it ?
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Plastic surgery clinics grow like lotus flowers here in China and their advertising campaigns reach every corner, even Shanghai taxi cabs. Now, the dreams of millions of Chinese women, namely to enlarge their breasts and get rid of slanting eyes, are not only attainable but very common.
It was amusing to watch a young presenterâ€™s performance on TV the other day. She was in total admiration, almost fainting at the sight of the bosom of her guest. The latter had indeed an impressive pair of breasts which, by her own confession, were obtained by drinking a magic potion. Could it be a mixture of tiger whiskers and monkeys brains maybe? With all this magic, will the Chinese soon become blondes with blue eyes and all have large breasts?
Not so long ago, as described in Chow Ching Lieâ€™s autobiographical book Palanquin of Tears, the image of beauty in China was light years away from the silicone heaven it is today. A couple of months before Mao Zedong came to power, in 1949, the author was forced to marry the son of a wealthy man at the age of 13. A few days before the wedding, her future mother-in-law took her shopping and chose lingerie for her. â€œThe lingerie selection was a meticulous task,â€ she says, â€œfor the underwear (red, lacy and going down half the thigh) as well as for the wrappings of the breasts. The bra, introduced by the Europeans, was in total contradiction with the Chinese tradition which believed that a woman with big breasts was bringing bad luck, whereas a woman with large hips and chubby buttocks was bringing good luck, a sign of many pregnancies. That is why we, Chinese women, were trying to flatten our breasts with a piece of fabric.â€
When you see the advertisements for Wonderbra in the Shanghai metro, you could say without much hesitation that the Chinese have definitely disposed of some of their old superstitions. Perhaps, they have crushed them under a lacy bra!
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This is relevant:
Chinese man sues his wife for being ugly, and the court AGREES... awarding him $120,000 | Mail Online
This is not very surprising seeing similarities to especially places like South Korea, they even have packages like cell phone plans: Eyelid surgery to create a double lid and nose jobs to lengthen and thin the nose "the basics".
and a lot of normal people have it (like 20% of the population!). It's almost a given for celebs, It's kinda funny when you read interviews of them, they talk about what plastic surgeries she has had, and what she recommends o.0 They also had a reality show where they would pick someone "ugly" and then give her a plastic surgery.
Japan though is a very different. They get their teeth broken/uneven to look cute and more..."child like" o.0,
Okay I just watched the whole video in the OP (rain..no sleep..). The guy came off a bit racist to be honest, he seemed extremely eager to stamp everything with they are copying the west/they are wannabe western. Also in the part about plastic surgery, to say wanting fair skin/bigger eyes is wanting to be white is just dumb.
His name is Piers Morgan, a wealthy, arrogant pr!ck.
He gave a TV interview about the series where he mentioned he had to get permission from chinese authorities before airing this episode....the sensitive chinese authorities didn't find it offensive enough!!!
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