April 30th, 2019

Description: When I was young and watched Filipino television, I saw that Filipino beauty ideals were clearly influenced by what we viewed in pop culture. The women I saw on TV, for the most part, had pin-straight, shiny, black hair, and exceptionally porcelain skin. Some Filipino mothers would tell their daughters to look just like them. Some Filipino women would try papaya soaps that their mom would buy at the Asian store, and skin-drying astringents to try and fade the tan they would get from the sun. Some Filipino girls would always try to keep their hair as silky and smooth, getting frustrated when it wouldn’t cooperate. As I got older, I started to notice that not everyone around me shared the same views about themselves as I did about myself. It took a while, but I began to love myself for who I was. I learned that the color of my skin, the texture of my hair, my softer facial features — they’re all unique to our culture, and I considered all of it while shaping my idea of what beauty is. The lessons it taught me about our culture and how special my features are.