This is a huge topic, especially among women. The definition of beauty.
The funny thing is, there isn’t ONE definition. Have you ever heard the phrase, beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Well, it’s true.
The media has its positive ends, but as far as the image of beauty it is trying to portray….it’s completely ridiculous. It sends the message to women [and men], that one must look a certain way to be beautiful, hot, sexy, blah blah blah. STOP! It’s all noise. Wouldn’t life be boring if there was only one type of flower to look at? Or the same type of dog to own? YES!
People grow different flowers, and own different breeds of dogs because it’s a matter of opinion and preference! What is really important to remember, is that the people that are seen on television, magazines, and movies are paid to be in shape. They have their own pressures to look their best. Most of them have hired trainers and nutritionists to help keep them on track and in check. They literally spend hours working out. Their pressure is not only success, but income as well. This is their job and their livelihood.
I cannot tell you how long it took me to realize all of this and keep it in the right perspective. I used to be so insecure of myself because I didn’t think I looked “perfect.” But….perfect? What is perfect really? One of the coolest quotes I ever saw on Facebook one time was sort of a message from women to men saying [and maybe not the exact words], “If you aren’t rockin’ a six pack, don’t expect us to be a Victoria Secret model.” Is that not THE best thing you’ve ever heard?! It’s so true! 🙂
My biggest point is, it doesn’t matter if you’re curvy, straight, a size 0, 6 or a size 16 [did you know a size 6 and above is considered plus size in the modeling world?] What REALLY matters is that you treat your body right and you have a personality that illuminates the room. What I mean by that, is that happiness and confidence is contagious and that is the ultimate attractive quality. Looks only last so long. If you think about it, looks actually change quite a bit. Do you look the same way you did in high school? or college? Of course not! And that’s okay! Do not let the media pressure you, and men, don’t let the media affect your expectations of women!
I love food documentaries, one in specific that I enjoy is Hungry for Change. In that documentary, they discuss pharmaceuticals and beauty products that “assist” people in looking beautiful. Here’s the thing….those things only COVER UP the root problem, not fix it. So what would help you ask? Proper care of your body, from the inside. If you feed your body right, treat it right….it will shine for you. Here are a few encouraging quotes and verses that discuss this topic directly.
Psalms 139:14, I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”
― Leo Tolstoy
“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”
― Dorothy Parker
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
― John Keats