How do we define beauty?
Is it how we look or how we feel? Is it how we act or what we think? Is beauty really skin deep or do we tend to look only at the surface? Is beauty a fact or an opinion?
When I looked up the word beauty online, here’s what popped up:
Hmmm… This definition leaves so much to be desired. This may be a good way to define an object or a tree or even a puppy, but is this a good enough definition for the way we see beauty in people? I apologize for all the questions, but it just seems to me that we owe it to ourselves to look more deeply to define what is beauty. We all have so much potential, love, laughter, emotions and expressions deep inside of us. Is that what makes us beautiful?
Maybe instead of looking at what’s on the outside, we can learn to let what’s on the inside of us show up in a real, authentic way. We work so hard to get the outside “beautiful,” but I believe beauty is an inside work as well. When we can learn to be ourselves, uniquely and genuinely, we show true beauty inside and out.
Something To Think About: How we define beauty may be based on our subjective opinions, but what is a fact is that YOU are beautiful.
The Dove Real Beauty Campaign Sheds Light On How Self Perception Affects Our Self Confidence
Did you see the Real Beauty ad campaign by Dove? In the Spring of 2013, Dove conducted a case study where they hired FBI trained sketch artist, Gil Zamora, to draw women as they described themselves. Mr. Zamora could not see the women, only hear their own description of themselves, and with that, he drew a sketch of them based on a series of questions he asked them. Then, a complete stranger was asked to describe the same woman to Mr. Zamora, who drew a second sketch. The results were truly remarkable. On almost every sketch, the woman who described herself portrayed a duller, unhappier version of herself than the complete stranger did.
Here’s one of the videos from the campaign:
This campaign has me thinking maybe we should redefine what beauty is. Just maybe everything and everyone is beautiful, we just don’t see it in them because we don’t see it in ourselves. What do you think?