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c. Ivory Coast

In the African nation of the Ivory Coast, the cultural preference is for the much heavier woman. As this man explains in the video, people in the Ivory Coast have a saying, "The bigger the better." When a woman approaches marriage, she is given a special diet to gain weight, so that she will be as large as possible on her wedding day. Many other societies also regard the heavier body shape as more attractive. This demonstrates that the 'ultra-thin' ideal in some Western societies is far from universal or inevitable.

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