Beauty (referenced from Dictionary.com): "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."
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.
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?