Beautiful hair is not a commodity to be bought and sold.

That’s because Asian women are the world’s most beautiful, according to a new study published in the journal Science. 

“Beautiful hair is a gift of our culture to be enjoyed by everyone and to be valued by everyone, but the value of the hair is also linked to the value and status of the individual and community,” said co-author Elizabeth Wong, an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard University. 

The researchers asked more than 3,500 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women ages 19 to 59, who were not in the study, to rate their attractiveness using a 10-point scale.

For each item, women were asked to rate how attractive they were on a scale from 0 to 10.

“The beauty score reflects how much each participant thought that their hair was of high quality and fit the ideal of what a woman should look like,” Wong said. 

Beauty is not just about hair. 

What’s in your hair? 

Women’s hair is often a reflection of their identity and culture.

In China, hair is considered a symbol of the wearer’s identity and the way the wearer dresses, according the Global Hair Survey. 

It’s not just hair that matters. 

Asian women are often the most attractive women in the world, Wong added. 

Women in their 40s, 50s and 60s are among the most successful in the U.S. and are the most educated, Wong said, but they also have the highest rate of unemployment and are also the most likely to be victims of domestic violence. 

Many of these women are also living in cities, which are a huge draw for beauty-seekers.

“I’m not sure why Asian American women have the most beautiful hair,” Wong told CNN. 

But beauty is not only about the hair.

Asian American beauty standards also reflect cultural and racial expectations. 

They have been elevated, said Wu.

“Asian American women are seen as a beautiful and feminine image of the Asian woman, so to speak,” Wong explained. 

Chinese people, like most Asians, also have a history of discrimination against women of color. 

According to Wong, the study showed that many Asian Americans still struggle to overcome their own biases against women who are different.

“Many Asian American people who are not members of the community of the Chinese, have to confront these barriers and learn to overcome them,” Wong added, according to ABC News. 

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