There is no denying that a huge influence of Caucasian beauty ideals is absorbed by Asians. There are some that are really a pet peeve for me and others that I can understand. Others are unrelated to Western standards, and are simply the way someone wants to look like. Of course, there is some generalisation, but there is certainly a massive influence from the Western Ideal of what beauty is. In a previous article that you can read here, I talked about how there were hardly any racial diversity in model agencies. Sure, there was one or two Asian of African American models, but it wasn’t enough. In a way, it’s degrading and denotes us as less important. The definition of beauty is so distorted and unrealistic as it defines beauty as being picture perfect, naturally filtered and edited to perfection.
Not going to lie, there are moments when I return to Asia, I feel that in many aspects it can be very shallow – likewise when I’m in a Western country cos let’s face it, shallow people are everywhere. But, it’s more or less that the Advertisement doesn’t talk about embracing the Asian features so much, but avoiding it. How to achieve bigger eyes with circled or coloured lenses. Get a double eyelid look with tape that will make you look more ‘attractive’. Wear false lashes to feel ‘beautiful’. Have flawless white skin, a V-shaped chin and a thin nose. It’s troubling how many people go towards altering their body in order to look a certain way. I still stick to what I say in expressing that everyone has the freedom to make their own decision, but when we are changing ourselves to fit a standard, why do we do this?
In Asia it is a compliment when someone tells you that you looked mixed or foreign. It usually implies that they think you look attractive. But what I find when people say that, is the implication that Asian beauty is not as attractive, which just isn’t the case. Society cashes in on the dissatisfaction of our self image, by communicating through the media that we aren’t good enough. It is sad that society has a crushingly huge emphasis on women having to be ‘pretty enough’ to go far in their career and in their life. In terms of small eyes, I think Almond eyes are beautiful – if we were all to strive for big eyes, thin chins and white skin wouldn’t we all look the same?