Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This rings true with the unusual customs and ideas of beauty practiced in different culture. This issue, MC presents the more out-there beauty rituals women practice all around the globe.
It’s easy to think that modern culture is more image-obsessed than we’ve ever been, but that may not be the case at all. Women have been subjecting themselves to all kinds of bizarre beauty treatments for as long as civilisation has existed. In this feature, we take a look at some of the most interesting, not to mention, uncomfortable beauty rituals women practice around the world.
Even today, in Chinese tradition, small feet are considered a sign of beauty. In the 10th century, the custom of binding feet started and lasted right up till the 20th century and was practiced by women across the country, across classes. Although preferred by the upper classes where women could afford to have fresh daily bindings, the lower classes also practiced this custom. To have these tiny lotus-shaped feet, almost every bone in the foot had to be broken and tightly bound to create a foot size of around 3-4 inches. The smaller the better of course and the risk of infection was high as ingrown toe nails were common and foot deformities were a given. Most women who had their feet bound were also constrained with their movements as the bound feet meant you had to take tiny steps. The tradition went on until well into the 20th century but has since been phased out in modern times.
Read more in our October issue, out in stores now.