Define your own beauty, says this contestant's entry for Unicef HK's Make a Video competition

If everybody is bound by a certain set of standards, will the world be as interesting and full of colour as it is now?

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Ching-ying’s Pretty or Not video explores beauty.

People with double eyelids, a tall nose, and an oval face are often considered the ideal look that others should aspire to. The media has had a great influence in defining beauty, and there is a certain formula. As a result, there isn’t a lot of space for others who are “different”.

However, why can’t we decide for ourselves what beauty is? I believe everyone should have this right, because all views matter.

We dress differently and like different styles because we have a different concept of beauty. We are all beautiful in our own way. If everybody is bound by a certain set of standards and nobody thinks independently, will the world be as interesting and full of colour as it is now?

Adverts promoting beauty salons and cosmetic surgery are everywhere in Hong Kong. Society is trying to impose a standard of beauty on us – small faces, slim bodies, long legs. We will be worth less than others if we do not live up to those standards.

However, is it worth pursuing such standards? There have been many reports about people who have undergone failed cosmetic procedures. Their faces were dramatically altered and they have difficulty making facial expressions after the surgery. I feel sorry for them because they sacrificed their natural beauty to try and fit into what they thought society said was beautiful.

These so-called standards may change very soon and no longer be fashionable. I believe that the definition of beauty should not be limited. A person with a big nose, or single eyelids, or a round face is beautiful.

Edited by M. J. Premaratne

Unicef HK’s “Make A Video” competition gives young people a chance to express themselves. The project is co-organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s IFVA, with support from Hang Seng Bank and Young Post. Check out the videos here. Email your feedback here.

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