What is beauty?

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What is Beauty?

Hello, I would like to welcome you to open your ears and clear your minds for just one minute.  Before I start, I want everyone to take a look around and appreciate what you see. Appreciate the different races and nationalities that are gathered here today. Why? Because they are all beautiful. We are all beautiful. However let me come to the controversial question of what beauty actually is.

Is beauty the classification of being a certain height or weight? Having a certain eye, hair or skin colour? Having a certain nose or mouth shape? Beauty is so much more than just that and it’s disappointing that most of us humans fail to realize this. People throughout the world have misunderstood the true definition of beauty and have created specific stereotypes to define this word. False definitions in association with this powerful 6 letter word called beauty. Now a days everyone is greatly focused on outward appearances and is overwhelmed with the need to look beautiful. The first thing you ask yourself when you look in the mirror is, do I look good today? Is my hair a mess? But why? Why are we so obsessed with how we look, when this shouldn’t be all that matters. One main factor we can blame this on is our media. It highly affects our views on what is beautiful. Everywhere we go, we see skinny and tall models, their faces filled with makeup. Women and men that become our goals. TV, magazines and the radio often prevent us from focusing on what really matters, the inside. We start telling ourselves we’re not good enough, constantly compare ourselves to others and feel worthless just because we aren’t beautiful according to the stereotypes. Because we are looked down upon and often rejected by others, due to first impressions. It is scientifically proven that a person will usually start judging you within the first 10 seconds of meeting you. Judge you on your looks and not your personality. We experience the pressure of needing to look beautiful every minute of the day. This leads to people, especially girls not being confident and trigger them to often start starving themselves, cutting themselves or even contemplating suicide. We feel like it is necessary to wear make up in public, because we don’t want to be seen with our flaws. Stereotypical beauty even forces many of us to do plastic surgery, just so we can feel better in our own body. However what most of us don’t realize is that our imperfections make us beautiful, that our imperfections make us unique. That beauty does not come with makeup, jewelry or price tags. But with what lies within you, within your heart. Let me make an example. If you fall in love with someone for their looks, how will you be able to keep those feelings for them once they grow old and don’t look attractive anymore? This shows that loving a person is not dependent on the beauty on the outside, but on the beauty on the inside. That true love is based on personality, not looks. I would like to refer back to this quote I read a while a go: “everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.” Powerful, don’t you agree? Beauty is described in various ways and portrayed in all kinds of pictures. For me beauty is when you’re alive. The feeling of achieving something, such as finishing the long run of a marathon. Or being with someone you love, laying in bed with messy hair and no makeup on while your boyfriends lips touch yours. Traveling the world and meeting new people or even dancing at the club to your favorite song while sweat drips down your body. These are the moments in life that we can call beautiful. Let people admire you for who you really are, your character and personality. Beauty is happiness. So often we fail to remember this, so often we fail to remember that it is the smile on a face that makes it perfect. Only 2% of women describe themselves as beautiful, and it is our job to redefine beauty and let people know that beauty is truly within the heart.

Thank you.

By Emily Candelario


Submitted: January 18, 2018

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