There is a very famous quote from Tina Fey that I used to love. But upon critical reflection, I realised that I don't agree with it very much:
"Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes." -Tina Fey in "Bossypants"
It gives the wrong impression that the (relatively) universal standard of beauty is ridiculous because it is an amalgamation of features of women of different races. My view is that it's ridiculous because it's extremely white-centric. Most of the "beautiful people" in the world are white.
From a quick google search:
Now, that is not to say that there are fewWOC who are considered conventionally attractive. Many agree that Beyonce is super hot, but when we look at WOC stars who are considered attractive, they are attractive in a "white" way. For instance, Beyonce, Rihanna, Rinko Kikuchi all possess:
- Large eyes
- A small nose with a high bridge
- Relatively fair skin
I might be disillusioned because Asian culture seems to uphold white features as ideal, maybe more so than Western culture. In Korea, China and Japan, being beautiful seems to mean looking as white as possible.
Small eyes used to be considered beautiful in China, before imperialism took a hold over Asia. I think that it's unfair that a single standard is used to measure the attractiveness of all races. Granted, to a certain extent, we naturally are drawn to certain faces, but media does play a large role in perpetuating standards of beauty.
What do you think? IERHNGV SHJKTH sorry for the disjointed sentences and bad writing. I haven't made a post on kinja for a while. Oh and also, I'm very excited that this is my debut on The Salad Bowl. Thank you for giving me posting privileges! :)