Hello, I am Victoria, I am Greek and Korean. Whereas I did not learn about ‘Eurocentric magnificence requirements’ as a 15-year-old, I look again and understand I actually felt them. Living proof: I used to make use of eyelid tape and glue (I assumed I used to be so sly and bought them from H-Mart) to present myself a double eyelid.

Me now, having spent too much money bleaching my hair just to dye it back.

Me now, having spent an excessive amount of cash bleaching my hair simply to dye it again.

Victoria Vouloumanos

However earlier than I get into that, let’s take a second to speak about Eurocentric magnificence requirements, whereby Eurocentric options — comparable to massive blue or inexperienced eyes, small and slim noses, straight hair, and lighter complexions — are seen as the best normal of magnificence. Naturally, such a normal excludes options of Black, Latine, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander and Arab of us.

We have all, on the very least, seen the tales of Black college students being compelled to chop their hair on the spot in class or extracurricular actions (right here, right here, and right here are simply three examples). We additionally know ladies are instructed that interviewing with straight hair improves their possibilities of being employed over curly hair. (Research truly present that Black ladies with pure hairstyles are much less probably to get interviewed.)

Whereas Eurocentric magnificence requirements would possibly appear to be one thing restricted to the quilt of {a magazine}, they clearly permeate all through society — from locations of labor and schooling to social dynamics and inside value. They manifest in ideas of colorism and mejorar la raza, in procedures like nostril jobs and double eyelid surgey, and in merchandise comparable to pores and skin bleaching lotions and chemical hair relaxers.

Sadly, the messaging to adapt to Eurocentric magnificence requirements begins younger. Youngsters in elementary college really feel the stress to slot in with their friends and even be taught at dwelling methods to assimilate from household. It extends past private choice or insecurity to social benefit. So I wish to know: In the event you’re an individual of coloration, how have you ever conformed to Eurocentric magnificence requirements? What sort of stress had been you feeling? How did you come to search out no matter technique or product you used to take action? Do you continue to achieve this, and why?

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Like most teenagers of the late ’00s, early ’10s, I used to be obsessive about cat eyes and double wings and smokey eyes — you title it. Besides, when you’ve hooded eyes or monolids, you be taught actual fast that these YouTube tutorials do not be just right for you. So once I discovered about eyelid tape and glue to power my eyelids right into a double lid and let me sustain with all these make-up traits, I used to be hooked.

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To be truthful to Michelle Phan, on this video, she reveals how she makes her eyelids even when her eye folds look uneven (as an illustration, if her proper eyelid has an even bigger or extra noticeable fold than the left). She wasn’t immediately advocating you employ eyelid glue or tape to show a monolid right into a double lid.

Nevertheless, double eyelids are very revered in East Asia. Many Koreans get double eyelid surgical procedure, courtesy of their dad and mom, as youngsters. It is mainly a ceremony of passage. So it was simpler to purchase into when, whereas searching for validation, it was additional promoted inside my very own tradition — and to the purpose the place they’ve created these merchandise for it.

My kin have gotten it executed, so what was the large deal? They appeared happier. It did not assist that I used to be referred to as “chink” in center college and different women requested one other Asian pupil in the event that they “see in vast display screen.” Like, what the fuck?

Certain, I used to be fairly nervous individuals would have the ability to inform and all, however I did not care. Whereas I did cease utilizing it throughout highschool, it truly wasn’t till after faculty that I actually started to understand my pure eyelid and eye form.

^College me in a classic mirror selfie. 

^School me in a traditional mirror selfie.

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That is simply certainly one of my examples, and as I’ve gotten older and we have mirrored on magnificence requirements extra as a society, I’ve talked to others who additionally felt alone and struggled to adapt to magnificence requirements — usually with out even realizing how dangerous the requirements and the strategies for conforming to them had been. Alternatively, some individuals proceed to use these magnificence strategies out of necessity, in order to slot in at work or college.

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Perhaps you have tried pores and skin lightening or bleaching lotions to “brighten you complexion,” aka whitening your pores and skin. Or maybe you have resorted to chemically straightening your hair out of frustration. Did you religiously dwell in coloured contacts to cover brown eyes, or often dye your hair to look blonder?

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Talking from private expertise, it provides one other layer of complexity when your mother or father (or kin) is the one pressuring you to make these adjustments and conform as they’ve. My mother at all times needed me to lighten my hair and eyebrow coloration and skinny out my hair. I additionally bought bullied for having (very) seen physique hair. The place’s the break?

Speaking about it could possibly assist us really feel much less alone (or absurd) for feeling the necessity to go to such lengths. It is unhappy to know there are whole markets devoted to profiting off of this. Share your story within the feedback under or by way of this Google type to stay nameless, and you possibly can be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Neighborhood submit.