Beauty Around the World: Jessica Simpson is Trying to Define It, Can You?

March 16, 2010 | Elizabeth

On Monday night as I was flipping through the channels trying to find something on television, I stumbled across a new show on VH1 by Jessica Simpson called The Price of Beauty.

In the opening credits she explains her reasoning for going on a journey around the world to find out how women celebrate their beauty and attain ultimate beauty through products, regimes, diets, and practices.

On this first and season opening episode, Jessica Simpson and her friends traveled to Thailand. They ate bugs to try and boost their metabolism, drove in a tuk-tuk, rode on an elephant, and attempted to eat frog.

They had a touching interaction with a woman they met who tried bleach creams to try and look more beautiful by obtaining fairer skin-which is a symbol of beauty in Thailand. Her face had become multi-colored and damaged after using the cream, her husband left her, and her career as a singer was gone. The government doesn’t regulate the cosmetic industry over there so products have effects like this all the time.

On the episode, they also met a tribe of women that put rings around their necks which can weigh up to 20lbs. A heavy price for beauty!

It seems like the United States isn’t the only country that puts stress on women to achieve beauty.

Do you feel stress about beauty or do you feel like the media places an emphasis on women of the U.S. to achieve an beauty at excruciating costs? When is enough enough? Should governments help in the area of beauty, like regulation of products and practices?

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