In the U.S., we have an idea of what is desired in terms of physical beauty, but that doesn’t mean women in other parts of the world share our views. Influenced by religion and culture, perceptions about beauty can vary from one region to the next. What some regard as perfection may be considered the opposite by others. we go in-depth for a global perspective on beauty ideals.
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#1 Most Obsessed With: Bigger is Better
American women have a penchant for enlarging their breasts. New York plastic surgeon Elie Levine, MD, says this is one body concern (a desire for fuller breasts) many women have had since they were teenagers. “With the availability of various implants, we can customize the procedure to meet each patient’s individual needs,” says Huntersville, NC, plastic surgeon Bill G. Kortesis, MD. Younger patients tend to want a boost in size while older patients, and those who have gone through pregnancy, desire the fullness that they once had.
Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control claims to prevent and correct the look of cellulite by forcing out extra water and encouraging collagen production for stronger skin. $68, clarins.com
#1 Most Obsessed With: A Dimple-Free Body
European women, especially the French, are obsessed with ridding their bodies of cellulite. With everything from creams and lotions to popular cellulite-reducing shorts and other treatments, a lot of attention is focused on smooth skin on the thighs and butt. In fact, many of the cellulite fighters that have had some success in America (think Endermologie and Ionithermie) originated in Europe.
Vichy’s caffeine-based CelluDestock is the brand’s most popular anti-cellulite cream in Europe. $39.50, vichyusa.com
#1 Most Obsessed With: superskinny legs
A long-standing trend in Asian cultures is the desire for slim, bulk-free calves. Often referred to as radish legs or radish calves because of the natural thickness in the muscle that looks similar to the vegetable, a long and slim calf that’s void of heavy-looking muscles is highly desired by Asian women. It’s thought that a short, stocky calf equates to a short height, which is believed to be a common cause of discrimination in the workplace.
Accentuate your feminine features with Nip + Fab Bust Fix, a lightweight serum that helps smooth, firm and contour skin around the bust and décolleté. $16, ulta.com
One quick and easy way to create the look of longer legs is with self-tanner. The extracts in Caudalíe Divine Legs make your tan last even longer.
#1 Most Obsessed With: Where the “Big Butt” Trend Began
The Brazilian Butt Lift caught on stateside and made a bigger, more shapely butt more acceptable, but in Brazil, a larger backend has been en vogue for years. A large percentage of Brazilian women are naturally blessed (many Brazilians are of African descent) with a good rear, which may explain why the skimpy bathing suit is so commonplace.
Utilizing caffeine and marine extracts, Phytomer Glycolight Night Contouring Bi-Gel purportedly helps to limit excess fat, contour and firm. $92, spalook.com
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