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date: 10 December 2019

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This article considers appearance through the lens of culture and ethnicity, with a focus on how different physical attributes are considered desirable in different parts of the world. Drawing on one of the few studies in this area — a qualitative study of a South Asian community's views of visible difference — the article demonstrates how religious and cultural beliefs relating to appearance can influence attitudes, affect social lives, and influence expectations of marriage, particularly amongst women.

Keywords: appearance psychology, South Asian community, visible difference, religious beliefs, cultural beliefs, social life, marriage

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