Point of View
UNITED STATES—I read an interesting piece this week on the discussion of beauty. Where a woman was named the ugliest person in the world yet implied to be a compliment. I will not discuss the woman’s identity as I do not believe it’s important, but it opened up a discussion that I think is worth talking about. This woman is an absolute inspiration for those people out there that doubts what true beauty is. She embodies it in more ways than people can imagine. Just exactly who gets to determine what beautiful is? We’ve all heard the tag phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?” But does that statement really hold true?
Do we as individuals judge people on what we see or what we don’t see? Let’s have an honest discussion here. Beauty is superficial and it’s judged on the surface. I’m not afraid to admit it, I’m a person who is drawn to looks, it’s sad to admit that, but I am. I think more of us have to admit the same ideology. The sad thing about the situation is that some of the “ugliest” people in the world as we deem them are some of the most beautiful people not just on the inside, but in overall aspects. I’m thinking of a popular phrase as quoted by Cynthia Bailey from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” In the opening sequence she states, “Beauty fades, class is forever.” Is that statement ever so true? No one stays beautiful forever and we’re forced to think beauty is forever with the countless images of celebrities that we see depicted in magazines and on television. How does someone stay beautiful after the age of 40? The answer is a great team of experts and make-up, but even then the flaws are still prevalent; you can cover things up, but the truth is always exposed at some point.
It would be great to see a lot more stars as the ladies from “The Talk” did on a recent episode stripping themselves down from top to bottom to depict real beauty. It’s an empowering statement for women in particular. With men, beauty and looks are important, but we don’t experience the full-blown discussions and issues that women encounter on a daily basis in the workforce or everyday life. So much more pressure is placed on women looking stunningly beautiful from top to bottom every single day they step out into the public sphere, but perfection itself is an imperfection.
Men are all about looks, I admit it, but I do believe that looks are just as important to women. This debate can go on for years and centuries to come where women will acknowledge that when it comes to looking for a mate, personality is what is important to them. While I agree with that statement to some degree, a large part is also attributed to the physical appearance of the suitor. Are we thinking of creation when looking for a mate, absolutely, but at the same time someone who is beautiful today, can be deemed unpleasant to others the following day.
Beauty changes from day to day, whether it’s the height of a person, their smile, their weight or other attributes. The whole debacle about scientists being able to decipher a formula for the perfect face or the essence of beauty is a load of crap. Really who came up with that idea or theory? More importantly what idiot fell for the idea? The bigger picture of this piece is to elicit some dialogue on the issue of beauty. Just what is it and can we define it based on the attributes of one person? And just why is beauty something that consumes us as a culture?
It’s because we have been taught to look for imperfections and perfection when deeming something beautiful, the most alarming aspect is that it’s everywhere that we look. Not just in the publishing arena, but in music, in television, on the radio, in cartoons, in sports; beauty is everywhere. Do remember beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder and no one stays beautiful forever, but most importantly some of the most beautiful people in the world are some of the ugliest and mean-spirited people on the inside who fail to realize the magnitude of the power that they have.
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