Not many fashion trends originate in Thailand. It’s not that kind of place. Valuing and rewarding individuality, innovation, creativity, and thinking outside the box are not the sine qua non of Thai culture.
The latest and coolest hair styles, shoe, handbags, and hair cuts are usually what was hot in the U.S, about a year ago. I don’t know any Thai stores or brands that feature indigenous Thai designers that have any presence outside Thailand or any pop crazes that originated in Thailand.
Most of the popular world trends do eventually filter down though.
The latest is Anime Eyes.
The trend was recently written up in a NY Times article.
These are special contacts that cover the white portion of the eye- making them look bigger. They aren’t for correcting poor vision. They are strictly cosmetic.
Besides making the eyes look bigger, they change eye color, and introduce weird effects, e.g. making the eye look like a lizard’s eyes etc. (click on the pics and look at the larger versions to check out the different effects).
For years, Asian girls have been getting eye surgery to make their eyes bigger. Think of Anime Eyes as a sort of cheaper less permanent solution.
Possible SAT question. Breast Enlargement Surgery is to padded bras as Eye Enlargement Surgery is to ?.
These pics were taken at booth in an outdoor night market on the Chao Phaya river about a month ago.
In the U.S. these lenses cost about $30 USD (1000 THB) but in Thailand they cost less than $10 USD (300 THB).
Next time your out on the town or sitting in a bar checking out the girls, and a girl’s eyes look unusual. Take a look closer look. Not just the big breasts are fake.
Next time you come up empty on an original gift idea for your teerak, think Anime Eyes!