6 Qualities That Make You “Beautiful” (According To Filipino Media)

Posted on: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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The media is a major player in shaping the country’s culture. Yeah, especially when it comes to physical appearance, it’s the media that imposes the definition of ‘beauty’.

So how do Filipino TV shows, ads, and movies define physical beauty?

1. Beauty is when you have straight hair. Kulot is ugly.

melai cantiveros hair beautiful
pep.ph | abscbnpr.com

Hello, how much is the rebond? Nice try teleserye writers. Most of you surely have some salon businesses for extra income.

 

2. Be white. Dark skin tone? You’re OUT!

julia barretto as mirabella beautiful
pep.ph

Businesses that sold whitening products are booming in the Philippines. Media manipulation? Colonial mentality? Where’s the #pinoypride of our kayumangging skin?

 

3. ‘Thick’, natural eyebrow is not beautiful.

thick eyebrows
Pinkiericegurl youtube channel

Trim them down until you no longer have eyebrows. Then you could draw artificial eyebrows via makeup. That logic.

 

4. Do you have braces? That automatically makes you ugly.

metal braces
mexicodental.co

Beauty is when you have perfect set of teeth. Not to mention white, ’cause that’s how the media portrays our teeth. But did you know that the natural color of our teeth isn’t white?

 

5. You should be sexy and not fat.

sam milby in my big love
pep.ph

Well, I agree that being fat can be a sign of unhealthiness, but that doesn’t mean someone’s ugly. Just look at Meghan Trainor. Waow!

meghan trainor
www.slate.com

 

6. OMG! SHE’S A MESTIZA! SHE’S SOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!

Half-blood is the new beauty. Just check out the winners of Miss World Philippines:

2011: Gwendoline Ruais (Filipina – French)

gwendoline ruais
pep.ph

 

2012: Queenierich Rehman (Filipina – Pakistani)

queenierich rehman
www.divinemlee.com

 

2013: Megan Young (Filipina – American)

megan young
philnews.ph

 

2014: Valerie Weigmann (German – Filipina)

valerie weigmann
www.gmanetwork.com

So, coincidence? I think not. Media is manipulating the standards of Filipino beauty. Wake up, people. Maybe when the Miss World officials read this article they’re gonna let a pure-blooded Filipina win the title this year.

Let’s see how an ‘ugly’ person is portrayed in the Filipino media:

ugly in filipino media
ABS-CBN | GMA 7

They should just hire a real ‘ugly-looking’ actress than making an attractive actress ugly via makeup. Just saying.

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