Cloning means to make an identical copy of (insert anything here). For every culture, there comes along a unique ethnicity in which certain traditions and models are followed. Latinas are known to have brown skin, wide hips, and a natural sense of motherhood. While everyone might not fit this mold, this is how Latinas are often stereotyped. Similarly, Asian females are expected to be of light, fair skin and have a petite figure paired with jet-black hair.
Stereotypes may survive forever, yet a new rising “trend” amongst women is to try to change physical features to meet the “ideal” body type. The only problem now is they are trying to be other people that they’re not.
This is an infectious trend where many women who feel the pressure to meet the “ideal” standards society have imposed on them. South East Asian countries are influencing women to change, through media the same way Western countries do. In South Korea, suddenly women are seen through alphabets depending on what their bodies look like. The most common is the V-line where your facial structure, the jaw, is beautiful either oval or heart shaped.
Another example includes double-eye lid surgery (double-eyelid below), because monolids (where the eyelid has no crease) is considered a burden to be born with. The surgery allows for the out corner of the eyes to be cut to make them rounder and open. “Big round eyes, straight nose, round face,” says the K-pop band D-Unit, is essential for any Korean celebrity these days.
What is their goal? To look more western.
This does occur only within the Asian communities; it’s ever present here in our own Latina society.
We see celebrities almost everywhere we go, whether it is an advertisement or on T.V. “Photo-shopping” is the medias most used weapon. Consumers never realize it but for beautiful Latina celebrities, they are often altered on print. Whenever America Ferrera, a naturally curvy Latina, graced the covers of magazines, the use of editing slimmed her down to close her wide hips and lighten her skin color. There’s the beautiful Columbian singer/belly dancer named Shakira. Astounding in every aspect with her dedication and poised character may all be natural; however, her hair is not. Shakira is a natural brunette, as most Latinas are, yet she’s blonde and many take after her.
Other examples include the lightening of the skin. Commercials or magazine covers have produced pictures that are the opposite of what natural, paparazzi pictures put out. Latinas like Eva Mendez or Eva Longoria suddenly are two tones lighter on T.V than in real life. The editors are able to manipulate society where they know they have a large group of avid followers. These followers are guaranteed to adapt to any style they are offered thus feeding into the cycle.
Oddly enough, these naturally beautiful women are altering themselves based upon what their society is idolizing as pretty. They intentionally change their bodies from natural to man-made. However, this only furthers them away from being proud and from loving the culture and society they live in.
The world was meant to be diverse; complete with sets of different, beautiful looks that keep everyone distinctive and not boring. Having everyone look the same would be nothing more than problematic.
Diversity in beauty is important. We must take pride in our genetics and smile for what we’re given. We are chosen to represent certain aspects of our ethnicity and to continue on what makes us, us. There is no point in attempting to change who we are. Being a Latinita makes you beautiful in every single way you can think of.
Let’s stop the cloning and start the owning. Own up to yourself, no one else can.