THE EFIK BEAUTY OF CROSS RIVER STATE. PHOTO CREDIT: DALA XYZ
During the Greek period, beauty was synonymous with its intrinsic characteristics, such as loyalty, harmony and virtue. The discovery of the art of painting and sculpting led people to begin to place emphasis on facial and body beauty. Certain features in a person or objects were used to identify beauty in people, such as hair, nose, skin, colour and body shape. These elements were used to judge how beautiful a lady was.
In Western Europe, the definition of human beauty assumed a more complex study. Women were regarded as sexual predators because of their stunning and voluptuous look. The religious disapproved of this trend because the increasing attraction by men for buxom women was regarded as moral indiscipline. The medieval age felt it connoted a new evil.
The movement from the attraction of fleshy and sexy women started in the Tudor era. Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII felt women should be pale and skinny. This was borne out of the dislike for voluptuous or rounded women, as their massive curves, make ups and jewelries were regarded sinful by the Puritans.
However, EUROSCIENCE stated that the Renaissance throw up a new obsession for beauty as nudity became its rallying symbol. Most art portraits, such as that of Leonardo Ginevra exquisitely illustrated his obsession with nudity. Continue reading