HOT OR NOT: 6 (ridiculous) ways China tried to measure beauty

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder? Not in China.

HOT OR NOT: 6 (ridiculous) ways China tried to measure beauty
HOT OR NOT: 6 (ridiculous) ways China tried to measure beauty
21 Sep 2015

HOT OR NOT: 6 (ridiculous) ways China tried to measure beauty

Gone are the days where beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, or that reflection in the mirror. In China, bizarre beauty tests have taken the Internet by storm, with millions posting selfies on social media to show how they measure up. Though most are baseless and are meant to be taken with a pinch of salt, some have become the unlikely criteria in beauty pageants. Here are some of the most ridiculous beauty trends that made waves in China:

The Underboob Pen Challenge

How it works: Lift up your shirt and slip a pen under your breast. If it stays in place, congrats! You have the ideal pair of boobs.

This trend, which supposedly started in Japan, has spread like wildfire on Weibo, where well-endowed users are testing it with everything from pens, to markers, to small bottles of sunblock (seriously). These picture are often passed along with the caption “pass the challenge to prove you’re a true woman”. Ugh. Naturally, the test has attracted a fair bit of controversy, given its shallow definition of womanliness. And is it just us, or do some of these photos look like they’re using double-sized tape? 

Level of absurdity: So absurd it’s offensive
Level of absurdity: So absurd it’s offensive
28 Jan 2016

Level of absurdity: So absurd it’s offensive

According to the rules of the challenge, this guy qualifies as a “true woman”, while those of us sporting an A-cup and a B-cup don’t. Makes perfect sense. 

Finger Trap Test
Finger Trap Test
21 Sep 2015

Finger Trap Test

How it works: Place your index finger against your chin and nose to see if your lips touch it. If they do, you have the perfect facial profile.

Chinese actress Zhang Xinyi started the fad in May this year after posting selfies online and making a fuss that she had failed the test. The test is loosely based on the 3:1 ratio theory used by cosmetic surgeons to create the 'perfect profile' which equates to your nose, lips and chin all aligning perfectly down your face.

Level of absurdity: Medium
Level of absurdity: Medium
21 Sep 2015

Level of absurdity: Medium

Though facial symmetry and proportion play a role in judgements of beauty, the results can be changed depending on the angle of the head. Also, according to this test, celebs like Miranda Kerr and Victoria Beckham aren’t attractive, while Pinocchio is. ‘Nuff said.

Belly Button Challenge
Belly Button Challenge
21 Sep 2015

Belly Button Challenge

How it works: Wrap your arm behind your back and try to touch your belly button. If you succeed, you have a good figure.

It’s not clear how this weird craze started but one fine day in June this year, we woke up to find our Weibo feed flooded with photos of people’s exposed mid sections as they contorted to reach for their navels. In just two days, the challenge generated more than 100 million hits and became the number one trending topic on Weibo. Even celebs like Yang Mi, SISTAR’s Dasom (left) and EXO’s Sehun (centre) got in on the act.
 

Level of absurdity: Medium
Level of absurdity: Medium
21 Sep 2015

Level of absurdity: Medium

No doubt those with small waists would find this challenge easier, but don’t feel bad if you can’t accomplish the pose: experts say the challenge is about flexibility and arm length, rather than fitness, as proven by K-pop band CNBlue’s Jung Yong Hwa and EXO’s Baekhyun. Perhaps those biceps got in the way?

Collarbone Challenge
Collarbone Challenge
21 Sep 2015

Collarbone Challenge

How it works: Balance as many coins as you can on your collarbone. The more coins you hold, the sexier and thinner you are.

Like the belly button challenge, this trend took Weibo by storm, amassing more than 34 million hits in 24 hours. One of the most popular images is of Chinese actress Lu Jiarong, who balanced around 80 coins on her two collarbones, while taking a selfie.

Level of absurdity: High
Level of absurdity: High
21 Sep 2015

Level of absurdity: High

Skinny and sexy? Erm, sorry no. The only thing balancing cash on our shoulders makes us feel is richer, and even then it is just a tad. Well, at least something funny came out of this - hilarious spinoffs with people balancing random objects like eggs, fruit, and even mugs in their clavicles.

Reverse Prayer Pose
Reverse Prayer Pose
21 Sep 2015

Reverse Prayer Pose

How it works: Bend your arms behind your back and make your hands touch. To ensure your palms are together, sandwich a mobile phone between them. The higher you can raise your hands, the more beautiful you are.

The Reverse Prayer pose was probably one of the most practiced yoga poses in China earlier this month when this bizarre challenge made its rounds on Weibo. Young women across China contorted their arms as they attempted the new test to find out where they stand in terms of attractiveness: (from top to bottom) Beyond Goddess, Goddess, Girl Next Door, “Cannot Make It”, and "Masculine".

Level of absurdity: High
Level of absurdity: High
21 Sep 2015

Level of absurdity: High

We have no words for this except “Ouch!”

The Boob Test
The Boob Test
21 Sep 2015

The Boob Test

How it works: Measure the space between your nipples. If they are at least 20cm apart, congrats, you’re a hottie. (If not, who cares? No one is going to find out anyway!)

A beauty contest in a Hubei university caused outrage in 2012 when it came up with a string of absurd beauty criteria such as nipple distance and breast height to judge contestants. One of the most controversial was the boob test to see if one’s nipples are at least 20cm apart, and breasts 5 to 6 cm high - guess that means they are boobalicious and perky?

Organisers said the criteria were based on traditional Chinese and modern Western beauty standards, as well as Internet research. Other criteria included proportion of the nipple and areola, lip thickness (best to be around 0.8 to 0.9 cm) and space between contestants’ pupils.

Photo: ING Image

Level of absurdity: Off the charts
Level of absurdity: Off the charts
21 Sep 2015

Level of absurdity: Off the charts

Not only is it highly inappropriate (what has the position of one’s nipples got to do with anyone?), the only people who will see them are the girls and their mammographers. Next time try focusing on inner beauty? An intelligent woman is beautiful too.

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