Presentation Title

Japanese Women’s Beauty Through the Ages and the Plastic Surgery Stereotype

Presenter Information

Cheyenne Thomas

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Japan, beauty standards, stereotypes, history, beauty, plastic surgery

Biography

Cheyenne Thomas is a Japanese major in the Department of Modern Languages.

Major

Japanese

Advisor for this project

Zelideth Rivas

Start Date

23-4-2021 9:15 AM

Abstract

This paper focuses on and challenge the Western world’s stereotypical view of Japanese women and plastic surgery. “Do Japanese women get plastic surgery simply to emulate western/European beauty, or do they do it to emulate their Japanese idols and enhance their natural Asian features?” Beauty is something that constantly changes with the times, and Japan’s history of beauty ideals is no different. From using oshiroi in the Nara period and ohaguro in the Heian period, to the Taisho period’s chic and rebellious parallel of the West’s 1920’s and 1930’s fashion, to today’s modern beauty and practices such as plastic surgery and gyaru/kawaii fashion culture, Japan has certainly caught the world’s attention.

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Apr 23rd, 9:15 AM

Japanese Women’s Beauty Through the Ages and the Plastic Surgery Stereotype

This paper focuses on and challenge the Western world’s stereotypical view of Japanese women and plastic surgery. “Do Japanese women get plastic surgery simply to emulate western/European beauty, or do they do it to emulate their Japanese idols and enhance their natural Asian features?” Beauty is something that constantly changes with the times, and Japan’s history of beauty ideals is no different. From using oshiroi in the Nara period and ohaguro in the Heian period, to the Taisho period’s chic and rebellious parallel of the West’s 1920’s and 1930’s fashion, to today’s modern beauty and practices such as plastic surgery and gyaru/kawaii fashion culture, Japan has certainly caught the world’s attention.