By: Francesca Tanmizi
“Don’t worry, once you grow up, you can get the surgery and fix your eyes!”
People treat monolids as something that requires fixing
Eyelid tape basically forces your eyes to either fold into a crease, or a bigger crease. I think almost every girl with monolids have been told to use it to “fix” our eyes at least once.
What I found even more upsetting about the entire scene is that there is no criticism of it online. While people got upset over the lack of Singaporean accents, the lack of local talent, the lack or racial diversity and more, no one mentioned this scene at all. That is how accepted the idea of monolids being something that requires “fixing” is.
Saying no to the surgery was scary
People got upset and defensive over eyelid tape
Yes, Asians have naturally occurring creases too, but calling monolids a racial feature doesn’t mean I’m saying creases aren’t Asian. I’m saying monolids are NOT a deformity that needs to be “fixed”. It’s fine if you want to use eyelid tape or get the surgery, but please do not justify it by insisting that monolids are just universally ugly and shouldn’t be considered a “racial feature” that someone can be proud of.
Yes, eyelid tape is common in Asia, but just because something is common, doesn’t mean it’s something we can’t question –or worse, turn it into something uniquely Asian that we must be unquestioningly proud of. Foot binding was once a unique part of Chinese culture, but that doesn’t make it right or something we should embrace with pride. If no one questions problematic beauty standards, we won’t get amazing movements like #UnfairAndLovely.
We have to question problematic beauty standards
Another defense of eyelid tape I often get is that it’s just a fun part of makeup like falsies. As someone who enjoys makeup and experimenting, I totally get the fun in changing your features. But let’s be honest, a lot of times, eyelid tape is pushed as a “necessity” and that’s a problem because monolids DO NOT need fixing.