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Written by: Bianca Costa Sales. When bodily beauty matters as much as it does in a country like Brazil, the cost can be not only financial but also personal. Bianca Costa Sales explains. These are some of the things most people typically associate with Brazil, and with good reason. But perhaps what is less considered is the phenomenon they all have in common: a disturbing worshipping of beauty and its impossible standards.

When I first moved to the United Kingdom in , I felt a surprising sense of liberation in wearing numerous layers of clothes to protect me from the much feared London weather. As a teenager born and raised in Brazil, it was a wildly different experience to me, but a welcome one at the time.

Having a legitimate excuse to cover up felt like an easy solution to someone who had grown up surrounded by extremely high expectations of physical beauty: from the school or family environments on a daily basis, and even in the workplace or on job interviews, there is always someone in Brazil to give you unsolicited advice and comment on your appearance.

Living abroad made me miss the warmth of my culture more than ever before. Brazilians are very effusive and unreserved in their affections; but their openness of heart can become a problem when they are painfully sincere in the same measure. Brazil is the second country, after the USA, with the most cosmetic procedures and plastic surgeries in the world , as reported by Forbes. With the lowering costs of cosmetic procedures and the poor regulation of beauty clinics, Brazilian women are ever more inclined to go under the knife as they desperately seek impossible potentially even racist beauty standards.

In an interview for Undocumented World , several women from the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro ask British reporter Seyi Rhodes what the general attitude towards plastic surgery is in England. Personally, I was relieved to experience the renowned British discretion when I lived in London.

It definitely gave me space to wonder whether Brazilians give too much importance to external beauty. As a woman. Discrimination based on appearance is standard practice in the Brazilian job market. The girl from Ipanema was an underage schoolgirl minding her own business when the two composers, who often catcalled her from a bar, decided to write the song as an ode to her attractiveness. A problematic form of discrimination also plays a role in this troubling chase for perfection. He claimed his work was underpinned by the belief that the poor also have a right to access beauty — hence his efforts to offer lower prices for the procedures in his clinic.

Daiana, a black Brazilian woman, explains that she wants plastic surgery to make her nose thinner. As a result of its colonial history, Brazil is very racially diverse. Its population is made up of descendants from African, Indigenous, European, and Asian groups. This ideal incorporates a mix-and-match composite of different racial features: the African curves, the thin white-European nose, the natural-looking tropical tan and so on.

Although women seem to have it much worse, Brazilian men are not completely free from the torment of being openly shamed for not conforming to the agreed canons of perfection. Beauty is first and foremost a choice that comes from within, and the method to obtain it is per cent free of charge: self-love. Brazil shares with its Latin American neighbours the tradition of throwing a massive birthday ball when a girl turns 15 years old, to symbolise her debut into society. Not fitting into a ball gown sewn with bejeweled meanings related to Brazilian notions of womanhood was a turning point for Carrie, who began skipping meals routinely after that point.

It did not help that when she went into shops to try on clothes the saleswomen would frequently provide unasked for derogatory remarks about her weight. The upfront aspect of Brazilian culture can be a double-edged sword precisely in these types of everyday scenarios. Brooke did not have a healthy relationship with her body either. The pressure from such idealised and distorted beauty standards is a heavy burden to bear — one that nobody should feel obliged to conform to.

Maybe this is too optimistic an assessment, but I believe that despite the growth of individualism in our globalised economy, people are still generally aware that we have a collective duty to take care of one another within our communities. Beauty Culture Love People. Save my name, , and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

Adamah Media Exploring life's big and not so big issues. Pretty Hurts: The cult of physical beauty in Brazil. What seems harder to grasp is the reality that we will never be truly kind to others unless we learn to be kind, and loving, towards ourselves first. Love your neighbour as you love yourself. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Next Story: Getting curious about curiosity. Bianca Costa Sales is a lifelong book enthusiast who wishes she could time-travel to the s and take tea with her favourite authors.

A self-styled "comma chameleon", she has worked as a translator of novels, film subtitles, and song lyrics, and is an ardent advocate for the reconciliation of the Christian and Feminist worldviews. Bianca is a Staff Writer for Adamah. Carl Green says:. Anonymous says:. Comment Name Website Save my name, , and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Stroll with Nicole Weekly Column. Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn.

Brazil good looks but

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