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Hair + Beauty

by Richa P

 Recently I chopped off my long hair for a shorter style. It wasn’t the first time I have had short hair, I have had it short most of my life. I wish I was brave enough to go shorter but there is fear that I won’t look beautiful anymore. I think it a fear many of us have when we want to do something outside of the box when it comes to our appearance. This notion of hair and beauty made me think of the very narrow definition we have in Nepalese culture. The definition of beautiful in our culture is for a woman to be of average height, fair, not too chubby nor too skinny, having some curves, big eyes, and having beautiful long hair. But Nepal is a country that has many ethnic groups who look very different from one another so there is no way that should be what beautiful means. We are all beautiful no matter what we look like. Our movies, music, and magazines need to represent all kinds of girls, not just one kind. Continue reading “Hair + Beauty”