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For centuries, the beauty of Bengali women has been defined by their dark skin-tones, generous curves, sharp facial features and long, wavy hair. The traditional Bengali woman adorned herself with glass bangles, bindi, nupur and nose-pin and wore saris or more recently, salwar kameez. All of these together paired with her submissive attitude, were considered to be part of her beauty.
However, this notion of beauty has changed drastically in the last few decades. Bangladeshi women no longer favour the generous curves or the long, wavy hair. They are very figure-conscientious' and are usually stick-thin with short hair. Gone are the days of soft, wavy hair that Bangladeshi women inherited from their ancestors. The waves have been replaced by extremely straight or very curly hair produced in beauty salons. The bindis, nupurs and glass bangles are slowly disappearing, and fashionable anklets, bracelets and tattoos are taking over. Even the traditional saris and salwar kameez are slowly, but inevitably, being replaced by jeans, fatua (short tunic) and short kameez.
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Women also put on their make-up differently these days. Make-up for an average Bangladeshi woman used to be the kohl liner to enhance the eyes and maybe a lipstick and too much of it was considered to be cheap and vulgar. Today, make-up for a Bangladeshi woman ranges from cheek tints to liquid eye-liners and different types of foundations. What was considered to be modest, previously, is thought to be very minimal now! Bangladeshi women hardly ever go out of their private rooms without covering their face under layers of creams and make-up.
One might wonder how years of tradition was uprooted so easily? What caused... [continues]
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