Perhaps it is something in the Himalayan air; Perhaps the peaceful, nature-loving culture of the country has provided the fertile environment that is needed; Perhaps the stunning natural landscapes have been absorbed into the people’s genes and manifested themselves as incredible aesthetic beauty in their own right. Whatever it may be, the visual delights of Nepal are not confined to the sunrises and mountain ranges alone, for the country is home to some of the most beautiful women on the planet.
Sit for an hour at any cafe, restaurant, or bar, or stroll along Nepal’s crowded and dusty streets, and I can assure you that at a near impossibly frequent rate you will find yourself gazing at the stunning appearance and demeanour of Nepal’s women. It will be through no fault of your own that this will occur, and try as you may to return to the topic of conversation that you were having with your friend, you will find that you cannot.
Like the most welcome of distractions the quiet unassuming females of this South East Asian paradise will captivate and enchant.
If love at first sight is possible, I have fallen many times over. My heart fragmented and scattered along the winding roads and hilltop paths.
Not only is the dark hair, dark eyes, and dark skin the perfect potion for capturing hearts and minds, but the beauty extends also into every ounce of their being. Their mannerisms, their softly spoken conversations, their clothing and make up, and their pride and dignity. These women are not materially rich, they cannot afford the luxury “beauty” products, treatments and spa memberships of the Western world, but they do not need them. In fact, I am confident that having these things would actually diminish the beauty that these women possess.
There is no fakery, no pretense, and no obvious aspiration to mimic a top-down standard of beauty. Each woman appears to be very much their own person, and each is quietly confident and radiates an all enveloping glow.
The riches that these people lack in material items are to be found in abundance in other areas; their desire to be helpful, their pride in their appearance, their hospitality to strangers, their work ethic, their gentle character… The list is almost endless and reads more like a character profile for a Disney princess than a real person, but it is true nonetheless.
The beauty of Nepal’s female population is one of the most striking and memorable features of my visit to the country, but I am under no illusions that life for women in Nepal is unnecessarily hard. Birds of paradise though they may be, their aesthetic magnetism does not save them from the discrimination and inequality that is unfortunately present among the sexes of every country in the world.
Though all should be treated equally, we cannot deny that the human eye bathes some in differing light to others. Though it should make no difference at all, the fact these women are so striking and yet routinely discriminated against makes it seem even more troubling.
Of course the physical attraction that someone holds should carry no weight in how they are treated, but inevitably it does. Roses are treated with more care than dandelions, art is revered, buildings are preserved and restored based on their image, and in the animal world small, cute, preferably fluffy creatures are treated far better than those who do not possess such traits. (A point that is made by Christoph Waltz in Quentin Tarantino’s classic Inglourious Basterds with rats being subject to harsher treatment than squirrels despite looking very similar.)
Wherever you go in Nepal you are guaranteed to find beauty. In its sweeping landscapes, its elaborately decorated public buses, or its stunning female population. Admire them from afar, like the most precious and delicate creatures of this world they should be left to their own devices. Leave the cheap chat up lines at home, put your top back on, and stop attempting to make eye contact. These women are not of this world, they are better than any of us, and are deserving of far more than we have to offer. To simply be in their presence is enough to feel thankful. Their subjugation denies them the lofty position which they should rightfully inhabit.
We are truly not worthy.
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