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Uyghur actress Dilraba Dilmurat [Photo/IC]


Uygur faces are finding their way to movie screens, phones, and billboards across China.

Members of the ethnic minority group have facial features that Chinese brands have deemed “attractive,” creating opportunities for talented Uygurs to break into the entertainment business as singers, models and TV stars.

One of the most famous Uyghur stars may be Dilraba Dilmurat, an actress who starred in the popular series Swords of Legends, and who played the lead role in the drama The King’s Woman.

Fellow Uyghur actress Gulnezer Bextiyar was recently named a Fendi brand ambassador – the first Chinese ambassador for the luxury brand.

Like other Uygurs, both Dilraba and Gulnezer hail from the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region. Located at the northwest edge of China, the region is home to the largest population of Uygurs.

The ethnic group has Turkic roots and speak a language that’s more similar to Turkish than Mandarin. Their script is derived from Arabic and their physical appearances resemble central Asians more than the Han ethnic majority that make up China.

Demand for men and women who share the same Eurasian characteristics as Gulnezer have been on the rise lately according to Dengyang Liu, founder of Fun Models, an online platform that connects models, actors and photographers to Chinese clients.

Though he cautions that Han Chinese still far outnumber the number of Uygur models, many of his Chinese clients are “looking for a face that have some Asian characteristics, but also have some kind of white Europeanness to it.”

What’s driving this demand? For Dengyang, it’s nothing new. He likens it to patterns he’s seen in other Asian countries, especially as cities become increasingly cosmopolitan. “Hong Kong, Taiwan, S. Korea, even Thailand…basically, faces with mixed Eurasian features were used as a symbol of a changing fusion trend in aesthetic standards,” says Dengyang.






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Uyghur actress Gulnezer Bextiyar [Photo/IC]


The power of the purse

In many ways, the shift in beauty standards correlates to a rise in purchasing power. Increased disposable income is a calling card for international brands looking to take advantage of the new market.

The brands bring their own standards for beauty, revealing the Western bias in defining beauty, even in local cultures.

China’s first-tier cities have grown at breakneck speed in the past few decades, creating a new generation of Chinese with disposable income and increasing exposure to international standards of beauty.

Consulting firm McKinsey has dubbed this new middle class “Generation 2." Born during China’s period of economic reform and opening up to the world, this generation accounted for nearly 15 percent of urban consumption in 2012. This number is expected to rise to 35 percent in 2022.



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According to survey data from McKinsey, the "Generation 2" group of Chinese consumers are the most Westernized to date. [Photo/CGTN]


A 2012 McKinsey survey of this group found that “this generation of Chinese consumers is the most Westernized to date.”

In terms of consumption habits, Generation 2 respondents were more likely to be loyal to brands, view expensive items as “better”, and get satisfaction out items that signify better taste or higher status.

As this generation’s spending habits mirror those found in the West, foreign faces have also become more common in Chinese media.

Chinese audiences are accustomed to seeing “more international-themed faces or stories… even the 'zhibo' video stuff that’s been popular in China in the past two years,” says Dengyang.

We don’t have to look far to see other examples of the same experience. In the past four decades, S. Korea has seen explosive growth, joining the trillion-dollar club of world economies in 2004.

The 1990s spawned K-pop, one of the most influential factors in shaping the country’s beauty standards.

As Patricia Marx from the New Yorker puts it, the K-pop phenomenon “shapes not only what music you should listen to, but what you should look like while listening to it.”

Many of the K-pop stars share similar characteristics: fair skin, double eyelids and a small face. Koreans go to great lengths to replicate these looks, as the country has one of the highest rates of plastic surgery in the world.

Though some argue that these procedures produce beauty results that are universally appealing, these are also the same beauty standards that dominant Western culture.


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Should be a norm. China is their home and birth place, hence they should enjoy the same things, same limelight and same privileges with other ethnics and this should be vice versa, the same for all ethnics enjoying one another's virtues and privileges. China is the centre for the Hanzu, likewise it should be the centre for the Manzu, Chaoxianzu, Monguzu together with its subset-ethnicities of Tuerzu etc.

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tenith Post time: 2017-10-13 09:08
Should be a norm. China is their home and birth place, hence they should enjoy the same things, same ...

  You really know how to crease people up by writing something that's funny. Manzu, Chaoxianzu, Monguzu ?

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tedbrent Post time: 2017-10-13 13:26
You really know how to crease people up by writing something that's funny. Manzu, Chaoxianzu, Mo ...



CHina has not just a long history of exploiting the non-Chinese peoples under its thumb; it has an ENDLESS history of doing that. I have been to many "minority culture villages" and been put off by how the exotic cultures of peoples other than the Chinese get taken advantage of. In Kunming for example there was a "minority village" that presented two dozen different "cultures" but they all looked rather similar: primitive huts, some music being played, some damsels strutting around in "ethnic garb", and at given times during the day they would dance.

The "minority cultures" were showcased as mere attractions to entertain paying visitors. ALl those "minorities" really only care for "singing and dancing"...  

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seneca Post time: 2017-10-13 15:32
CHina has not just a long history of exploiting the non-Chinese peoples under its thumb; it has  ...

  I have never been to xingjiang or have had a chance to meet people from there. I'm told that xinjiang has its own unique culture and distinctive traditions that have roots in Muslim culture; some of their ancestors    are thought to have moved to China from the old Soviet Union.

  

  

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