Every now and again, I like to take a step back from my usual YouTube videos and blog posts and think about beauty slightly differently. In the past, I have posted videos such as the one below: ‘What Is Ugly?’. The videos deals with looking deeper than a person’s physical appearance, and our obsession with cosmetics, and also how one person can define how another is ‘ugly’.
I was thinking along these lines when a question popped into my head: ‘What Is Beauty?’. This could be looked at from so many different angles, and it most definitely the kind of question that offers itself to more than one opinion.
So, using the power of social media, I logged in to both my Twitter and Facebook ‘Fanpage’ accounts and asked my followers the question. I’ve picked out a few of the responses to share with you, and discuss myself.
Hope responded: “Beauty is who you are, how you treat people, and how you love. If you’re beautiful inside, you’re captivating on the outside”. I wholeheartedly agree with this. Think of that feeling just after you’ve done something nice for someone, or improved someone’s day. How does it make you feel about yourself? I know that I feel positive, energised and happy. The factor of love, as Hope described, is something I also agree with; I live away from my boyfriend most of the time (when I’m at University), and I know that when I see him after a little while, that feeling of pure love makes me feel amazing. I honestly think that shows on the outside too.
Pippa said: “Beauty if when someone is truly happy about themselves inside and out.” I know that when I feel down and unhappy, the last thing I feel is beautiful. In fact, I feel the complete opposite. Happiness in other aspects of your life other than how you look, such as your relationships, family life, mental health, job and social life all play huge parts in how you feel. When I feel that my life has a positive and happy balance, that’s when I feel my best.
Mathilde offered a similar sentiment: “Beauty is the radiance of one’s goodness and positivity”. To me, goodness means various things; helping others, making positive impressions on people, living life to the full and making a difference. I think that with those things comes positivity, and that is something truly beautiful in a person.
Bobby tweeted: “Beauty is not physical, it comes from deep within, something everyone has, it just takes the right person to uncover it” – I completely agree that feeling beautiful is hard to accomplish alone. I know that, before I met Tiz, I never, ever felt beautiful, but he slowly changed that. Good friends can also help you so much by giving you confidence and encouragement (not only with your physical looks but with things like self-esteem). I think that once beauty is achieved in your personality, it surfaces. I’ve never met a nasty person (however conventionally attractive) that I have found beautiful.
Vicki posted: “Beauty isn’t just about the way you look, it is your personality, the way you carry yourself, how you are with other people, not being afraid to be who you really are” For me, the last section of her pots is key. If you’re trying to be something your not, your true colours will never be shown. If you embrace yourself, your flaws and imperfections and say “this is me, take it or leave it”, you’re always going to feel beautifully true to yourself.
Kalli’s tweet was simple: “Beauty is a real smile” If you’re truly happy, it will show, believe me. I was watching America’s Next Top Model series 11 this morning, and was thinking about how beautiful Analeigh Tipton is. I started to wonder why I think she’s so stunning, and one of the overwhelming things about her is her genuine, warm smile. I honestly think it makes such a difference.
The final tweet I will mention, from Dominic, read: “Beauty is not caring what anyone else thinks yet caring enough to put in the effort for yourself.” This couldn’t be more true; the clichéd saying tells us we have to love ourselves before anyone can love us, and I think it is a similar case when it comes to beauty. If you feel beautiful, both on the inside and outside, the rest will follow. I really do believe that.
Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so far – please feel free to leave any comments or questions below, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Stay Creative (and Beautiful!),