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They say that beauty is subjective, but Indian society runs on the idea of an influenced opinion. An opinion that has been influenced by industry to make profits.

Men are expected to be fair, have a full head of hair and be of medium built and women are expected to be fair, have long locks and be slender.

Men are expected to be fair, have a full head of hair and be of medium built and women are expected to be fair, have long locks and be slender. These are the standards society has been influenced to believe that should be considered as the qualities of a prospective bride or groom. Because, since we live in this part of the world the next step after you get a job is quite obviously marriage.

So what happens when you don’t fit society’s standards? When you’re on the darker side of the colour scale, or you like to shave your head or cut your hair short or you’re not slender. Well, let me tell you what is going to happen; rejection. You’re going to face a long string of rejections while looking for prospective brides or groom because you don’t fit the prescribed beauty standard.

When the rest of the world has moved forward in this regards, India is as usual late to the party.

When the rest of the world has moved forward in this regards, India is as usual late to the party. Even after the advertisements for fairness creams and hair fixing have stopped, Indians are still stuck in an era where physical appearances matter more than your education or skill.

When will these standards be squashed? When will India become the progressive country that it so can become? Will these standards be gone when its time for the next generation to find a partner or will these standards also be passed on to the next generation?


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