What women find attractive about men around the world

BY ROSE BURKE


We keep hearing about what men
around the world find attractive in women, and the extreme lengths some ladies
are going through to be perceived as beautiful, but men aren’t exactly just
rolling out of bed each day either. They might act like they don’t put much
time or effort into their appearance, but we all know they can primp and
accessorize for just as long as we do, sometimes even longer.
While men in America and other
Westernized countries are currently making women drool over their lumberjack
look with their man buns, neatly trimmed beards, and a ton of flannel, some of
the ladies in other countries are probably laughing at this ridiculous trend.
Instead they’re looking for men who, to us, might look a bit strange.
Nothing demonstrates more that
beauty is in the eye of the beholder than these beauty standards for men all
over the world.

Dark unibrows on the men of
Tajikistan




As a small country of just
over 8 million people in Central Asia, few people have heard of Tajikistan let
alone the strange yet popular style that both men and women follow. While
Western beauty has made hair removal a popular trend, you might be surprised to
hear that this certainly isn’t the case all over the world. Specifically in Tajikistan,
where men will rock a unibrow as it’s considered to be attractive and manly.
Even the ladies get in on this fashion statement, as Tajikistan women with
unibrows are seen as more pure and beautiful.
Not everyone can be born with
a unibrow however, which you may not know is a medical condition called
synophrys. So when someone from this part of the world isn’t blessed with a
natural overgrowth of the hair in between their eyebrows, they will actually
invest in a leafy herb called Usma.
The leaves are sun dried and
then ground up until they form a dark gunk that is then used to make the
eyebrows darker and thicker as well as dye the skin in the unibrow area.
Basically a cheaper alternative to that eyebrow filler you bought from Ulta,
these fake unibrows make Tajikistan men appear manlier and more appealing to
the opposite sex.

Makeup and a feminine
appearance on the guys in Japan




Young Japanese girls are
apparently going crazy for guys who are following this growing trend — where
men are dressing more like women. According to The New York Times, the style is
often referred to as “genderless danshi” or genderless young man.
Japanese guys are not only wearing makeup, but also wearing their hair longer
and often dyed, accessorizing with jewelry and handbags, wearing tighter
fitting or even women’s clothes, and some men will even attempt to walk around
in a pair of heels.
The New York Times spoke to
model and Japanese pop band member Toman Sasaki who explained, “At heart,
I am a man,” and the concept of gender “isn’t really necessary.”
Sasaki was sure to mention that he considers himself to be heterosexual.
Masafumi Monden, who researches Japanese fashion and culture at the University
of Technology Sydney, explains in the same NYT article that in Japan, unlike in
Westernized countries, a person’s choice of style and sexuality are typically
more separated. This growing trend is just starting to take off, and will
likely continue to expand across the Japanese culture.
Some height on the men in
China




Typically, the Chinese haven’t
been the tallest people in the world, however, that hasn’t stopped some of them
from going out of their way to change that. According to The New York
Times, height has become more than just something that makes a man
attractive in China — a person’s height in China can actually label them
undatable, and many shorter men and women never marry. To make matters worse,
there are actual height requirements for college admission and even certain job
positions. This means that shorter men aren’t only less attractive due to their
appearance, but also because they have fewer education and career
opportunities.
The NYT reported how some
people go as far as having a painful procedure done where the shin bones are
cut in half and the legs are put into a brace which separates the bones
approximately one millimeter per day. Over the course of six months, a person
will be able to add a few inches, however they can’t walk that entire time and
are likely to never be able to run again. Even though the procedure has
improved over the years, according to The China Post, the surgery’s $11,000
price tag might steer some men toward a simpler solution such as shoe lifts and
heels.
Double eyelids in South Korea




South Korea is considered the
plastic surgery capital of the world. While both men and women around the world
are investing in nose jobs and face lifts, double eyelid surgery is by far the
most popular procedure in the world with 1.43 million people getting it done in
2014 according to Business Insider. Women allegedly find this look more
appealing as it gives men bigger eyes as well as a Westernized look. All of
this can be achieved for a relatively reasonable price — between $1,000 and
$3,000. So it’s no wonder so many people are getting it done.
The surgery is reportedly not
just about attracting a partner, but can also be a predicator of success. Dr.
Choi, director of JK Plastic Surgery, explained to Business Insider how one’s
appearance in South Korea will weigh heavily on their options in the job
market. Beauty actually matters so much that job applicants are required to
provide a photo along with their resume, which has led to many people actually
Photoshopping their images. Choi explains saying, “Usually people
believe that people with better appearance have more opportunity.”
Lighter skin on the men in
India





Like in other Asian countries,
those with darker skin have been looked down upon and discriminated against in
India as traditionally that meant they worked labor jobs outdoors. Those in
higher class systems would remain indoors, typically working office or academic
jobs. It’s for this reason that skin lightening products have become so popular
among both men and women in India, outselling Coca-Cola and even tea sales,
according to BBC News. Women tend to be more attracted to men with lighter skin
as it’s not only associated with wealth, but with fame as well. One of India’s
top actors and models, John Abraham, explained why men are lightening their
skin saying, “Indian men want to look better.”
India’s market of skin
lightening products for men alone is estimated to be worth $70 million
according to The Globe and Mail, including soaps, moisturizers, and even
shaving creams. The sudden increase in these men’s beauty products is due to an
increase in income as well as an increase in exposure to the West through the
internet and popular television shows. The article also notes that a marketing
report done by AC Nielsen predicts that this is only the beginning and demand
for skin-whitening products will only continue to increase.
Facial scars in the Dinka
Tribe of the South Sudan




The boys of the Dinka Tribe in
South Sudan look forward to their thirteenth birthday for one very important
reason: it’s the day they become a man. To demonstrate this, the boys go
through a scarification ceremony where they’re given several v-shaped cuts on
their foreheads. This specific pattern is to indicate that they’re from the
Dinka Tribe, and how each boy handles the pain determines how manly they are,
as well as how attractive they are to women in the tribe. According to The
Niles, boys will often bleed for hours and some even vomit during the process.
While every boy isn’t required
to get the scars, those who do get them are seen not only as adults but also
more valuable in the tribe. A thirteen year old boy named James allowed The
Niles to observe his head marking ceremony to which he explained, “I am
free now to talk with girls and they will not call me a boy anymore, because in
Dinka culture, somebody with marks on the forehead is being respected as a big
man even though small in age.” The ladies of the tribe view the men who go
through the ceremony to be much more attractive and a more appealing partner
than those who don’t.

Dressing sharp in Italy



It’s safe to say that the
fashion among the men in Italy surpasses that of men in any other country,
making them collectively some of the most stylish men in the world. In many
countries, having one’s clothes tailored is something our grandparents did a
hundred years ago. Yes, maybe we still get the occasional dress or pair of
pants altered, but we certainly aren’t going to our tailor often enough to know
their name. Forbes recommends that men have their clothes custom made and
tailored to match the style of an Italian man, or at the very least tailored to
a proper fit. An Italian man would never be seen in public in an ill fitting
suit!
Alongside their sexy accents
and well-tailored suits, Forbes notes that men in Italy attract the ladies with
their swagger by adding a colorful accessory to an ordinarily plain outfit.
They do this with a bold belt, pocket square, or even a hat and all the women
swoon. What makes them stand out from the styles of other men around the world
is their lack of graphic tees or t-shirt with silly slogans on the front. Maybe
they save those kinds of clothes for the gym or lounging around the house.

Arab men with light eyes



In countries all over the
Middle East, women drool over men with dark features and light eyes. The
Guardian reflects how Arab women have come to find those with lighter skin and
eyes more attractive as that’s what they’re used to seeing in the media. That
said, even though these guys might appear to have it all with their devilishly
handsome good looks, it seems being “too sexy” is looked down upon in
some Arab countries. 
Several men who were attending
a festival in Saudi Arabia were spotted and deported back to the United Arab
Emirates, where they were citizens, for being too attractive, according to The
Telegraph. An Arabic newspaper reported on the incident, which The Telegraph
quoted, “A festival official said the three Emiratis were taken out on the
grounds they are too handsome and that the Commission [for the Promotion of
Virtue and Prevention of Vices] members feared female visitors could fall for
them.”
Sounds crazy, right? While the
identity of the three men wasn’t officially released, the media speculated that
self proclaimed actor, poet, and photographer Omar Borkan Al Gala was one of
these men, according to The Huffington Post. The social media starlet hasn’t
confirmed he was involved in the altercation, but he hasn’t exactly denied it
either. You only need to look a picture of him to agree that that Al Gala very
well could have had something to do with this “too handsome” epidemic
if he was in the area.
Being true to themselves
across the world




There’s nothing more
attractive than a man who is true to himself, regardless of where in the world
he’s from. Confidence will turn more heads than any fashion statement or hair
style. Whether a guy is into fashion, video games, or tattoos, it’s his
confidence in who he is that attracts women the most. While outer beauty might
be what lures some women in, inner beauty is what makes them stick around!





SOURCE: THE LIST
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.