Beauty. It’s one of those old, widely debated concepts, the points of arguments for which do not seem to be taking any particular direction anytime soon. Instead, the concept of beauty and what is beautiful seems to be continuously multiplying and becoming more widely varied.
In my opinion, the availability of more concepts of beauty presently could mean that there is no longer one prevailing standard of beauty. It’s quite a timely (r)evolution, I should say. Just think about it, this past decade has been all about personalizing and customizing everything from our mobile applications, gadget cases and cable subscriptions. Hardly is there even a defining trend in fashion —as long as it looks good on you, it’s fashionable.
Are you ready to reveal your own concept of beauty?
Each of us will have a say about what beauty is and how being beautiful should be. Let’s assume for a moment that the world has reached the point where it can be accepting of any concept of beauty then, the real question becomes, “Are you ready to live by your own concept of what’s beautiful?”
At the end of the day, I think, it boils down to your confidence. See, even the most exotic, gorgeous women — by common, media dictated standards, that is — can fall short of being beautiful because they lack the confidence to let that beauty shine through.
On the other hand, there are also women most people wouldn’t find attractive with a flat lens, so-to-speak, but because there is “something about their smile” and “the manner by which they speak” many people end up finding them attractive.
Do you honestly think other people will find you attractive if you can’t even find beautiful things to say about your flat nose or your freckled skin?
Is beauty all inside the head then?
The old cliché goes, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” — one that David Hume will probably expound as:
“Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty. One person may even perceive deformity, where another is sensible of beauty; and every individual ought to acquiesce in his own sentiment, without pretending to regulate those of others.”
Yet, I don’t think there’s any possible way anybody can be beautiful without practicing certain standards of hygiene and good grooming — another area where different cultures will have very different preferences. Still, there will always be right ways and wrong ways of performing your beauty routines and those will often have very scientific basis.
Taking charge of our own beauty philosophy compels each of us to set our personal standards of beauty that prevents anybody, not even the community where we live, from telling us whether we’re beautiful or not. Let us become happier women today by embracing what we have but also by becoming more accepting of each other. It’s not easy and it will take plenty of practice.