What is beauty?
“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder,” is a familiar saying. This saying is very true as what one person thinks is beautiful may not be another person's definition of beauty. Everyone in this world has their own perspective of what the true definition of beauty really is. This view of beauty was presented by Plato. According to his views, beauty is something that cannot be fully defined through the senses. That is because different objects are observed in many various ways by different people.
Most people know what beauty is, but many people struggle to define it and persuade others to agree with their views. The Greek word kalos ("beautiful") was used in ancient Greek societies, not just for the description of beautiful things, but also morally admirable character and conduct, and technically useful things. According to Merriam-Webster beauty is "the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit." I think that beauty is all in what a person sees in another person. What might make one person pretty makes another one hard to look at.
What our world today describes as beautiful is the most famous woman in the world - Barbie. Of course, there are a few versions of Barbie, but they are all made the same. They see beauty as having a perfectly contoured face, a big butt and a slim waist, big lips, amazing eyebrows, and even fake eyelashes. This is seen as the perfect image of what a woman is supposed to look like. Not all beautiful people should be expected to look like this. Beauty can come from the inside or the outside. We think that beauty comes from magazines or girls in a music video or even models.
The thought of beauty is not just the physical appearance of a person or object. It is an understanding that gives some emotional experience to our eyes, ears, as well as our intellectual and moral senses. Natural, real beauty comes from within the heart of individuals. Most women looking at themselves in the mirror are usually unhappy with what they see. Some women will not even be looking at an accurate reflection as most women dig deep to find their flaws. Men and women will always find something wrong with themselves when staring in the mirror even when another person finds that flaw attractive.
Living in a society where almost everyone is judged by image, it's easy to understand why so many people are turning to plastic surgery. For years, we have changed our appearance through different types of cosmetic plastic surgery. People make it seem like in order to be beautiful you have to be fashionable, popular, and rich. Plastic surgery has been the solution for many people to change their natural beauty for all kinds of reasons. Plastic surgery has given people the chance to change their entire appearance into something fake, it has taken the word "beauty" to a whole new level.
It seems that in our current society, we picture beauty as a thin supermodel we see in Victoria Secret magazines. Children are raised playing with extremely tiny Barbie dolls. The media has been an important part of the changing of the definition of beauty by showing what they think beauty is with perfect women as actors, singers, musicians, and even internet celebrities.
In this age, all fashionable women who have the money disfigure themselves by overpainting their faces. They ruin the natural beauty and grace of their faces in their attempt to look attractive. Women use highly expensive cosmetics. They use the most expensive lipsticks, creams and face powders. To have beauty, a woman must be attractive from the outside as well as the inside. If a woman is empty spiritually, she cannot make herself impressive with her decorated face. And if a woman has no personality she cannot make herself impressive by the amount of surgery she puts into her face. Why does everyone always look for what a person dresses like, or what brand of shoes they wear? Does anyone really see the inside of that person? The first time we meet somebody, what is the first thing we notice? Most of the time it is their looks because we don’t know much about them, but when we really start talking to them, do we catch ourselves still staring at them, or really listening to them?
What one person thinks is beautiful may not be what another person may consider beautiful. Everyone in this world has their own perspective of what beauty really is. Our media expects us to change the way we look in order to be defined as beautiful. If a female doesn't wear makeup people ask the question such as “are you sick.?” Why does not wearing makeup make us look “sick” when that would be our natural beauty? Women are pretty much brainwashed to believe that without makeup they don't have true beauty. Everyone is so quick to point out the flaws of people instead of the true beauty they have. Our world today is very judgemental when it comes to the real meaning of beauty. There are many different opinions on the definition of beauty, but I think that beauty is all in all what a person sees in another person.