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  • What is it that makes one person beautiful and another just average?

  • Is there a universal code or a consensus about what real beauty is, or is beauty really in the eye of the beholder?

  • Why do we become weak in the knees when we meet one shape and size of human being,

  • and just go "meh" when we meet another?

  • The majority of us are just average looking people.

  • As such, should we simply be doomed to skulk around in the shadows of our more beautiful brothers and sisters?

  • Or can beauty be bought or modified?

  • And just who are considered beautiful people around the world anyway?

  • Today we'll find out, in this episode of The Infographics Show: Average looking People vs Beautiful People. (Don't forget to subscribe and click the bell button so you can part of our notification squad.)

  • During the Renaissance, artists liked to paint portraits of well-fed homely women.

  • These pictures show us that heavier women were the beauty standard in the 16th century.

  • Today, however, it seems that this has been completely reversed and we now generally prefer women with a body the shape of an artist's paintbrush.

  • The media, magazines, TV channels, and online ads bombard us with images of what they consider beautiful until after staring for hours at these images, a general consensus is formed.

  • What is beautiful and what is average is possibly just a result of this continual bombardment of these repetitive images of supposed beauty,

  • yet around the world the understanding of beauty is not completely clear-cut.

  • Evolutionarily speaking, beauty is an indication of health, fitness, and fertility.

  • We are naturally attracted to the type of person who we consider to be a good potential mate.

  • There is a universal bias towards facial symmetry and balanced features.

  • A straight nose, balanced jawline, and high forehead are all indications that the person has had a normal disease-free childhood and will therefore make an ideal life partner.

  • Instability in growth and stunted development in childhood are, on the other hand, manifested in unbalanced features, a lopsided face, a sleepy eye, or a crooked nose,

  • and people with these types of features are less likely to be considered the ideal mate with whom to procreate.

  • In 2014, a study was undertaken whereby images of 5,000 teenagers were shown,

  • and the subjects were asked about their medical historythose with the most symmetrical features were fitter and healthier

  • than those with flawed features and therefore considered more ideal mating partners.

  • We also prefer men that exude manliness and women who radiate femininity.

  • These feature definitions are obviously fluid, but generally men should have strongly defined features whereas women's features should be more delicate and ladylike.

  • Most people prefer long legs in women and shorter legs in men.

  • Women should supposedly have an hourglass figure while men should have V-shaped shoulders,

  • and only in the countries where starvation is a real threat are larger people considered more attractive.

  • The concept of beauty is really a combination of healthy living, vitality, and good genes.

  • We are attracted to people who we wish to be like, as most of us strive to be primarily fit, fertile, and healthy.

  • We want the same for our children so we endeavor to find partners who can produce the most healthy, happy kids,

  • in the hope that our children will do likewise and the cycle of beautiful people will be repeated again and again.

  • Around the world we have different ideas of beauty.

  • In parts of northern Thailand and Burma (aka Myanmar), a woman with a long neck is considered desirable.

  • This practice, considered barbaric in other parts of the world, involves the attachment of a series of brass rings around the neck,

  • causing the woman to have a long giraffe style neck that's considered a sign of beauty and wealth in tribal circles.

  • Although the neck appears long, this is in fact, an illusion as the rings push the collar bone down, giving the appearance of a long neck.

  • In Kenya, women who wear heavy ear jewelry that weigh down and expand their earlobes have an edge in the romance stakes.

  • Masai women adorn their expanded earlobes with brightly colored beads and stones.

  • This fashion trend also became popular in the western world with tribal earrings becoming en vogue in the 21st century.

  • In other parts of Africa, body modification for beautification can involve the removal of the two front teeth and the insertion of a clay or wooden disk.

  • Similar to the Kenyan ear stretching, this practice widens the lower lip and is considered beautiful,

  • and the wider and larger the lip becomes, the more beautiful it is to the members of body modification subscribing tribes.

  • And what about cosmetic surgery in the West?

  • To avoid looking average, we can have our tummies tucked, our faces lifted, our breasts enlarged, reduced or removed.

  • We can have our eyebrows lifted or have implants in our buttocks.

  • We can lift our thighs and have our noses reshaped.

  • In fact, just about anything can be done by a plastic or cosmetic surgeon in this billion-dollar business, but which countries enjoy the most plastic surgery?

  • Followed by Brazil, Japan, Italy, and Mexico, the USA takes the prize for the most surgeries with 4.29 million procedures and over 17% of the world's total operations.

  • So, while most of us are just simply average looking, it doesn't look like we are comfortable staying that way,

  • and as long as biology and media tell us what the gold beauty standard is,

  • it looks like we will keep chasing the dream.

  • But isn't beauty just being happy in our own skin?

  • Or are you one of the millions of people that would consider going under the knife just to appear more beautiful?

  • Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

  • Also, be sure to check out our other video called Americans vs Europeans!

  • Thanks for watching, and, as always, don't forget to like, share, and subscribe.

  • See you next time!

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    Evangeline posted on 2021/04/04
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