27 Sep '14, 6am

The Singaporean Standard of Beauty: Why I hate it

The Singaporean Standard of Beauty: Why I hate it

Being dark and having a near afro can give me a hard time in Singapore. For a country that takes pride in diversity, the standards (or should I more aptly say standard) of beauty is rather homogeneous. Cookie cutter. Uninteresting. Bland. Very unrepresentative of the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society Singapore is. I am pissed. Beyonce thinks I’m beautiful because her songs Flawless , That’s Why You’re Beautiful and God Made You Beautiful are empowering tunes and reminders. But according to Singaporean standards, I’m not. Fair skin? Big eyes (aided by the Holy Oriental Girl Trinity of eyeliner, fake lashes and rimmed contact lenses)? Long flowy hair that is soft and smooth with minimal frizz? Waif-like figure? And the most bizarre one I’ve come across: A slim V-shaped face? Congratulations! You look like another one of those Korean pop star wannabes are beautiful! Pet...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2014/09/the-singaporean-standard-of-...

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