May 31, 2012

Coffee Talk: Defining Beauty

Beauty (referenced from "the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations, a meaningful design or pattern, or something else." 

So how do we (society) define it?
Well for starters, we categorize beauty as being based on outer appearance instead of the inner body, or the overall big picture of the person.

It's no wonder that our young ladies hardly ever consider themselves beautiful when we live in a society where their outer and physical appearance can make or break them. 

How funny is it that beauty means so many different things to so many different people.

Because of the media, young women (women of all ages) have body image issues, lack of self esteem, and the pressure to be thin. Some people really don't realize that there's a lot of photoshopping & airbrushing going on with the models seen in magazines, billboards and other types of print media.

When did our ideal change from natural beauty to overly retouched and impossibly perfect images? In today's society, it seems like everyone is on the move to be at their most perfect, but what for?

Think about it...we look at images thinking we're to be aspiring to --

flawless skin (source)

shiny hair, perfect makeup (source)

emaciated stick thin body image (source)

and of course expensive clothing.

It's sad...

I think it's time that we all come together and realize that yes, it is fun to do our hair and put on makeup, and great to work out and eat healthy, but that it is perfectly okay to be yourself and to be beautiful at ANY shape or size.

What are your thoughts?



  1. PREACH!!! OMG!! You hit the nail on the head!! It's more than ok to be yourself and love who you are. It's your right! Take it! I love by the quote: "You are the only you that the world is ever going to know. Be amazing." I tell both of my children this every chance I get.

    Love this Corie!

  2. Ticka I've been telling my daughter this for a long time. It's pretty sad...


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