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As a 30-year-old woman in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Paula pays about $250 U.S. to rent her three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. "I've also got a beautiful swimming pool," she says. "We've got tennis courts here. An average 30-year-old woman in Malaysia will earn something like $1,500–$2,000 U.S. a month. So, as you can see, every month we have plenty of change left over to buy that pair of must-have Jimmy Choos…did you know that Jimmy Choo is actually from Malaysia?"
Bi-weekly massages are a way of life for Paula. A one-hour massage here will cost her between $7–$10 U.S. And Paula says many Malaysian women don't pluck or wax to remove hair—they use a procedure known as threading. "I don't know how [the threaders] do it. They get really precise. It's painless and it only costs five ringgit. That would be about $1.15 in America."