People perceive beauty in vastly different ways. Attractiveness is valued immensely by virtually all people. The importance of beauty is prevalent globally, but global ideas of beauty differ wildly. I spent 5 weeks in Indonesia this past August and was astounded by their ideas of what is beautiful and how my ideas differed. What I found particularly intriguing was the overwhelming poverty there, but also the persistent obsession with beauty. There are features of physical attractiveness that cannot be maintained by the poor. I noticed many features like this that first world countries take for granted. I wanted to portray this in some way visually, so I drew teeth. I noticed the poor dental care in people of all classes and compared it to what I have noticed in America. Teeth, I think, are really valued by Westerners, but can be difficult and expensive to maintain. Perhaps this is why they are valued as nice teeth can be a sign of wealth considering all the costs to maintain them. Beauty, while greatly valued, cannot be maintained by the majority of the global population. And thus, the perception of beauty becomes distorted. This distorted perception I think, is present in all people, in all cultures, in some way, even though those ways are vastly different.
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