Society is obsessed with beauty. Whether it’s plastic surgery or Photoshop, people are trying to find all of the possible ways to enhance their appearance to what is believed to be “perfect beauty”. Now, there is a way to determine if you are or aren’t “beautiful” from a recent trend that has taken over social media.
On Weibo, the Chinese Twitter-Facebook hybrid, thousands of users, including celebrities, have posted photos of themselves doing what literally translates to the “Beauty and Ugliness Identification Method.” The trend is known as the “finger trap”. It involves placing your index finger against your chin and nose to see if your lips touch it. If your lips don’t touch your finger, congrats you’re pretty! If they do, well, hopefully you at least have a good sense of humor. The method is currently trending in over 200,000 Weibo discussions, largely among women. According to this method, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Christina Hendricks would all be considered victims of the ugly stick. Even Victoria Beckham, who is well-regarded in China as embodying widely-held ideals of beauty, doesn’t pass the finger-trap test.
The media has been pretty quick to call the movement “the new thigh gap,” saying it’s a “ludicrous” trend that needs to stop.”Vocativ media website stated “It’s no surprise that China, that hotbed of modern materialism, is getting in on the fun with a beauty-standard trend of its own.” The finger-trap trend began with a Japanese meme, which was replicated in a selfie by the famous Chinese actress, Xinyi Zhang, who made a big deal about the fact that she “didn’t pass the test.”