Mara Schiavocampo

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How do you define beauty? Is it a small waist and large breasts? A perfect smile and straight hair? If you flip through the pages of an American fashion magazine, you may think beauty is narrowly defined...but that's not the case.

From thick ankles to small noses, women from five continents are revealing what's considered beautiful in their countries. "It's a way of connecting yourselves from your kitchen, your living room, your bedroom ... to the rest of the world," Oprah says.

As a digital correspondent for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Mara Schiavocampo travels the globe, covering stories with just her camera, tripod and laptop. Now, she's heading to Tokyo to see how Japanese women define beauty and find out what measures they'll take to achieve perfection.
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FROM: Beauty Secrets from Around the World
Published on November 20, 2008

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