the definition of beautiful

11.06.2014

Everyone is beautiful in their own special way. Everybody is a winner. Never give up hope. 

When we meet someone, the first thing that we notice is their looks. Their hair. Their height. Their eyes. And that's the truth-- an extremely bitter truth-- but the truth all the same.

From a young age, we're taught to see someone for the beauty of their soul and their actions, not for how they look on the outside. People give empowering messages to young girls: "love yourself. Every body is beautiful." Maybe these cliches are told with good intentions, but they are always immediately and harshly countered by the rest of the more up-to-date society.

We all would rather sit with someone pretty than a girl with multiple chins, frizzy brown hair, and watery eyes. It's true. It shouldn't be true, but it is.

Beauty has become about how much your eyes pop out of your face, how bald your legs are, how perfectly curled your hair is. It's about the color of your lips and if you've meticulously covered up every blemish or pimple on your face.

Society has misdefined beauty.

A woman paints her face with make-up, puts herself into a push-up bra and a showy dress--and boom!-- she's magically sexy and alluring.

It's ridiculous, really, how people follow other people, who follow other people.

And I don't understand so many things about it all. Why is that big, dark, smoky circles above our eyes in considered pretty, but circles underneath them are not? Why can our arms be hairy when our legs must be always hairless? There's a set of rules-- unspoken rules, but rules all the same-- about beauty. If we follow them, we're rewarded. If we don't follow them, we're ridiculed.

6 comments :

  1. I like where you are coming from. But, I definitely don't think those who wear make up should be ostracized. I understand that "beauty comes from the soul", etc.... But, for some, beauty is makeup and I think we should tolerate those views. Just an opinion. Great writing, though!

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    1. That's an interesting opinion. I'm not exactly trying to "ostracize" people for wearing makeup, just saying that it shouldn't be the definition of beauty. Thank you, though!

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  2. I totally agree with every word! It's like you just read my mind! :D
    p.s. I've never understood the concept of putting really dark make-up on our eyes since it looks like we're...well, vampires or something. ;) Oh and the arms and legs thing, couldn't agree more! Goodness, the so-called "beauty" that our society created is just plain ol' weird.
    Awesome post!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, our society's perception of beauty is weird!

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  3. This is such a bitter truth, like you said, but this sad reinforcement really brought some serious emotion to the table! :) Wonderful job, Arushee, expressing your thoughts!
    ~ Sanjana
    www.peridotcove.blogspot.com

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