高级脸 (gāo jí liǎn) or “fancy face” references the evolving standard of beauty in China. Trending big time, the hashtag has garnered 89 million views in August alone.
You see, a more traditional view of beauty in China is frequently perceived to look like this:
So what’s the traditional formula for Asian beauty?
Milky, white skin + large, round eyes with double eyelid + a small face that comes to a delicate, pointy chin.
Yet, this combination can hint at or lead to extreme cosmetic work and heavily doctored photos.
So, among Gen Z’ers, the new “fancy face” is now swinging in a different direction. It celebrates a more natural beauty: angular jaw, wide-set eyes and fuller lips.
All this brings me back to when I did some commercial modeling. All those years ago, I was often advised to get a nose job. And while I knew my advisors were trying to be helpful, I chose not to replace my little nose with something seen as more traditionally beautiful.
At the risk of sounding cliché, I felt better loving my own look. I couldn’t see myself conforming to someone else’s definition of beauty and still retaining this level of comfort in my own skin.
Over time as standards of beauty have evolved, I’d like to think that we’re also step-changing the way we are able to appreciate one another. Embracing a more inclusive definition of beauty.
Then going deeper, let’s become more inclusive of who we are on the inside, too. Appreciating different ways of thinking, engaging and problem-solving… and knowing that we’re better as a unit because of those individual differences.
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