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Are Nigerian Men Also Faced with Unrealistic Beauty Standards?



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This is food for thought – do you think Nigerian men face the same scrutiny as women when it comes to beauty standards?

Buzzfeed has created a video that shines a light on the beauty standards of men all over the world, and how this could be affecting the self esteem and outlook of the average man. For example, did you know that Nigerians idolize music artists like 2Face & D’banj‘s physique?And that American men face social pressure to have a muscular body?

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The video explains that men all over the world, covet the standard of beauty in that particular country. So when ladies dream about Peter Okoye’s toned abs for example, does that make the average Nigerian man want to have his physique? What makes a man attractive to you?

Watch the video and share your thoughts!

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  1. BlueEyed

    March 24, 2015 at 8:53 am

    This is not yet a Nigerian problem, a handful of guys are becoming body conscious in recent years but the majority don’t mind at all. For them being a man is man enough.

  2. Kike

    March 24, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I like this survey, although alot of it may not be facts. but they have a certain accuracy to them. Nigerian men dbanj and Tuface??? uhhhh…. think not.

    Liked the South Korea guy tho

  3. Sonia

    March 24, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I don’t think Nigerian men care about their looks, especially if they have money… Cause girls will follow them either ways.

  4. jennietobbie

    March 24, 2015 at 9:30 am

    The pressure is ON!!!! SMH

  5. Thatgidigirl

    March 24, 2015 at 10:30 am

    The only standards naija men have to meet are pocket standards. Do u see ladies running after all these block moulders and mechanics with 6packs?

  6. Joan85

    March 24, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Body baybeeeeeeeee!!! I’m an ABS girl, with a nice chest and muscles on the arms (but not too much o) lol. Okay lemme stop haha

  7. Shisha Cake

    March 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Personally, I don’t fancy muscular men.


    March 24, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    2 face has d right physique, tall, lanky and dark. I do not want a guy with abs. They are unattractive

  9. Iris

    March 24, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    No they are not. You will hear a man talking about how the woman he married doesn’t work out anymore. When you see the man who is complaining, you will be flabbergasted by the height of his hypocrisy. In fact if they were faced with such standards, half of them wouldn’t have found women to date or marry them.

  10. pebblesGh

    March 24, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    hehehe…. The korea guy lol..


    March 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm


  12. eyong

    March 24, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    I’m sorry, but is this new news? Ofcourse men care about how hey look. just like women, when we hit puberty we go through our hormonal phases, and this either heightens our pride or leads to insecurities. It’s like saying men with acne don’t feel inferior to other guys because they are men, and men don’t care. Men are human too, and attractiveeness is an integral part of how we are percieved by the opposite sex and a reflection of our social standing. Yes, fat guys generally feel inferior to more toned guys, just like most women. that should not be surprising in the least bit. Soceity determines what is attractive and we all just try to mold oursleves the best way we know how to, to fit someway into it.

  13. jaguarnana

    March 24, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Hi eyong, it is news for us because here are some men bleaching, tanning, having cosmetic surgery to attain the trending version of male attractiveness! i thought that ball was in our corner only. soon we would hear it’s common place for men to wear girdles, seat on a barbers chair for 4 hours attaching beard hairs on their chin whilst wearing make up to cover their acne prone face. Men have not always cared about their looks like women but now it seems so, mmh so they are human after all 🙂

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