I asked young Pakistanis what they think is considered beautiful for men and women in their country. Here’s what they had to say!
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English translation with time stamps:
1:04 – 1:26 I think in the Pakistani society people think that a girl should have long hair. She should be tall enough to be the same height as the guy without wearing heels and she should be fair (light-skinned) just like a model. I think that’s the type of girl parents want to get their sons married to.
1:29 – 1:34 The first think they will comment about a girl is how fair complexioned she is.
1:43 – 1:54 We have a lot of desi totkas (home remedies) saying you should do this and that, and use certain products to make your skin glow. But its not about having good healthy skin, it’s about having fair skin.
1:54 – 2:14 In Pakistan, girls who are light skinned, have long hair and, are skinny are thought to be beautiful. But if there’s someone who’s fat or dark-skinned or different from these ideals, they’re not considered beautiful. A lot of times families don’t marry their sons to them because of this as well.
2:22 – 2:31 Eyes are quite important, and Pakistanis prefer big eyes but not too big like that of a frog’s.
4:10 – 4:14 And we even have fair and lovely (popular skin-lightening cosmetic) for men as well, so that we can make them insecure as well.
4:17 – 4:34 Men should have a fair complexion and be tall, preferably above 6 feet. And, I guess hazel eyes, and a good physique are good for men. We say that if a guy is skinny, he might get blown away by the wind.
4:35 – 5:04 I think a guy should be tall, and be above 6 feet. He should have a deep voice, because our generation seems to like this trait. He should have colored eyes, light skin and have a well-shaped jawline. He should have a beard, dress well and smell good.
5:47 – 5:58 But although, beauty is considered important, but I think it’s more important that we see a person’s heart (how good or bad they are). This goes for both men and women.