What Is Beauty?
the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure ordeep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensorymanifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design orpattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritualqualities are manifest).
When I was 5 years old I didn't care about what I looked like what-so-ever. I had this crazy, curly hair, that went blonde during the summers. I had freckles covering my cheeks and nose and a birthmark covered my right upper arm. I barely looked at myself properly in the mirror and I didn't think twice when I got dressed in the mornings. My only bold fashion statement was this gold sequined dress that I wore with a matching crown on the top of my head. I wore that dress 'til it was full soil stains from the playground and I thought it was the coolest outfit ever.
People used to tell me that I looked like an angel with my blonde curls and that they could see how beautiful I'd be when I grew up. Honestly, I had no idea what they were on about and I didn't really care.
I was in primary school and I didn't think much about my appearance. It was neither here or there, it was just me. Me and my brother used to run around the neighborhood and people would mistake us for being twins. I wore hand-me-downs from my brother and my hair was cut into bangs (something I did myself with a a pair of scissors over the kitchen sink... Something my parents were NOT happy about...). I didn't mind people thinking that we looked alike.
I think that a great contribution of the idea of beauty comes from social media. Since there's a constant influence from social media it's hard not to notice how the idea of beauty and how you should be is portrayed. Girls are constantly pressured by social media. We've got these insane and unattainable images of what we should look like.
We show little girls photos of skinny models and give them a twisted perception of what beauty is. It makes me frustrated and mostly sad that we teach girls that you should be tall and skinny, with long shiny hair and light skin, like the women in movies, commercials, magazines, etc. We should be teaching them all about self-love, happiness, health, etc. The most important thing is for you to do what makes you happy (cheesy as it sounds, it's actually true) and we should focus on that instead of showing them unattainable "goals." In my time, when I was a kid (that makes me sound like such an oldie) social media wasn't around and I wasn't affected by social media like kids are now. I'm glad that I had the chance to grow up without that constant pressure as a kid. Unfortunately, there is of course a certain pressure on teen girls as well, it's a never ending story.
I believe that beauty isn't necessarily defined by the your appearance. The definition of beauty isn't something that is decided, it's something we all see and define differently. What I'm trying to say is: Do your own thing- you don't have to look like everyone else, and do the things that everyone else is doing. Wear a gold, sequined dress and a princess crown and rock that outfit. Don't care about what others think about you. Love yourself!
“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” -Sophia Loren
“To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one its society who’s ugly.” -Marilyn Monroe
That's it for this post, I hope you enjoyed reading it eventhough it's not like my usual posts. I'd love to hear about what you think- whatever your opinion might be- in the comments. What is your definition of beauty? Tell me!
Until next time I hope you have a lovely day, week, evening, morning, whatever it might be!
P.s these are just my own opinions and I don't mean to offend anyone in any way. Of course boys suffer from extreme body ideals as well. Since I'm a girl it's easy for me to reflect on girls beauty ideals.