Last night, VH1 aired The Price of Beauty, a new reality TV show featuring Jessica Simpson touring the world and visiting different cultures - and discovering that while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the love of beauty is universal.
Simpson, accompanied by her best friends CaCee Cobb and celeb hairstylist Ken Paves, will spend time with women from a variety of different backgrounds, visiting seven different countries and learning about and participating in beauty rituals around the world.
The first stop was Thailand and Simpson and friends traveled to Bangkok to learn about their beauty culture and regiments. The trip started with Thai massages, which looked more painful than relaxing but the benefits include increased circulation and posture correction. They went on to learn that in Thailand, the paler the skin the more beautiful you are - which is a complete opposite as Simpson pointed out in American beauty culture. They ended the trip in the northern part of Thailand where women stretch their necks with gold rings. It's a symbol of beauty and wealth and helps the women of the Karen tribe attract spouses.
As Simpson says, I'm interested in learning more about myself and what I value in myself and letting that be the beautiful part of me, rather than putting on the makeup or wearing the right designer. It really is about the heart of a woman that makes her beautiful.
So, did you catch The Price of Beauty? What did you think? What are your thoughts on beauty practices in other cultures? Share!