Today is ‘Beauty of a Woman Blogfest’ day, thanks to the wonderful August McLaughlin for setting up this event.
It’s not too late for you to join in just hop over to August’s blog for the details here. If you hop over tomorrow Friday 10th February you can read a bunch of inspiring stories and have a chance to win awesome prizes, including a Kindle Touch or $99 Amazon gift card, body image coaching, BOAW mugs and more.
Now on with my post…
I pose a series of questions throughout this post, I would love to hear your responses to them 🙂
What is beauty?
A dictionary definition:
A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, esp. the sight.
This definition suggests that beauty is mainly about what is on the surface, what we see and whether that is pleasing enough to us for us to call it ‘beautiful’.
More though beauty is a very subjective issue, what constitutes a beautiful woman to one person may not be considered beautiful by someone else.
The first thing most people think about when you ask what makes a beautiful woman is how she looks, in line with the dictionary definition of beauty…
Take a look at the following images.
Which do you find beautiful?
Which do you not?
Is beauty really ‘in the eye of the beholder’?
(all images courtesy of Google image search)
What did you think?
Were some of these women more beautiful to you than others?
Personally I think they are all beautiful in their own unique ways. I think the saying ‘beauty is only skin deep’ is totally wrong – I don’t think our external appearances really classify beauty at all, to me:
- Beauty is not about the colour of your skin or the make-up you wear.
- Beauty is not about the size of your body or the scars you carry.
- Beauty is not about the surgery, piercings or tattoos you have.
- Beauty is not about age or ability.
If beauty is not any of these things then what is it?
Another dictionary definition:
A combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense.
I think this is getting closer.
Even ignoring external subjectification beauty remains subjective when you get beneath the surface, there is no universal classification as to what constitutes a beautiful woman. But I would like to share a few of the qualities that I think count towards being beautiful…
- kindness and caring
- considerate and sharing
- supportive and understanding
- helpful and friendly
- the ability to love and be loved
But even these internal aspects of beauty remain controversial.
A person I love and consider to be beautiful may not be considered the same by someone else, even when ignoring the aesthetic’s or the external beauty this individual holds to me. While I find this person to have internal beauty not everyone else will see these qualities in that person just as they won’t see them as pleasing to the eye either.
I may find a person loving, gentle and kind – but my best friend may think they are cold, distant and aloof.
What it all boils down to is personal choice and preference.
Of the images above my preference for beauty is the girl with the tattoo’s and piercings, yet I also prefer a ‘natural’ look without make-up and cosmetic surgery – even here you can see a conflict of my own opinion’s on what constitutes beauty – how do you reconcile ‘natural’ beauty with beauty altered and enhanced by alterations through skin-piercing and tattooing!?
I leave you with a song the sums up beauty with the line “You are beautiful no matter what they say” because to me this is the most important factor of all in what constitutes a beautiful woman – she has to believe she is beautiful, no matter what anyone else thinks – but how many of us truly believe we are beautiful? After the song a few more questions – I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below 😀
What do you think?
What is beauty to you?
Who do you consider to be a beautiful woman?
Do you believe you are beautiful?