What Is Beauty?

This post is part 2 in a series about true beauty.  Click for Part 1.

What is Beauty?

According to Merriam-Webster, beauty is defined as:

the qualities in a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind

In other words, as many of have said over the years, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

A few years ago, Newsweek made a video montage of how Hollywood’s standard of beauty has changed over the past 80 years:

Notice how the shape of face, hair color, style and even eyebrow thickness changes back and forth over time.

And that’s just in the United States.  What are the standards of beauty in other countries?

Thailand

Women of the Kayan tribe wear brass rings around their necks, starting at the age of five.  Over the years, longer coils are added.  The weight of the brass presses on the clavicle and compresses the ribcage, giving the impression of an elongated neck.

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Kenya

In the Masai tribe of Kenya, stretched earlobes are considered sign of beauty.  Women use thorns, twigs, stones, elephant tusks and even plastic film canisters to assist in the stretching process.

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New Zealand

Both men and women of the Maori people of New Zealand tattoo their faces as a method of showing status, rank and beauty.  Women, however mainly only tattoo their lips and chin.

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So with all these arbitrary and (at least in the modern world) rapidly changing standards of beauty, why worry about whether or not you fit someone else’s definition of beautiful?  I’m not advocating poor hygiene or going around in baggy sweats all the time.  I’m just saying, be the best YOU you can be.  If you’re happy with yourself, that’s the most important thing.

What do you think?  Do you try to keep up with the world’s standard of beauty?  Please leave your comment below.

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