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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. We’ve all heard this expression before. The problem today is the beholder is conditioned. We are constantly bombarded with all these images of what beauty should be… ultra thin models, mostly anorexic, size 4 or 6; eternally young actresses who rely on plastic surgery to fight away the signs of ageing, fashionistas and all the latest designer bags, shoes accessories and everything that comes with the fashion world. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look beautiful but what we are using to measure beauty today is based on all the wrong parameters. Did you know that models and actresses in the 60′s wore size 10 or 12 clothes? As years went by, the impact of mass media got bigger and the gap between the average size population and their role models became wider. It seems as we lost touch with who we are on the inside we went looking for a meaningful existence on the outside always striving to look beautiful as others expect us to be. We are so hungry for attention, acceptance and love that we would go to extraordinary measures to create this reality in our life. The media portrays a reality it manufactures and we adopt it as our own. We are allowing them to take the lead, they tell tales of fame and beauty and we believe them.
I’d like to invite you to take a closer look at how you perceive beauty in your life. What matters is for you to feel beautiful no matter what. Beauty and health often go together in our minds so do beauty and fashion. So the next time you watch TV or read a magazine, I encourage you to have a critical eye rather than only an admiring one and to be conscious of how these images are affecting you. These images create limiting beliefs that we incorporate into our lives and hand down to future generations. When you look at beauty think about how you want your children to perceive it. This is a great perspective to be standing in. Whatever comes to mind from this angle will most probably be the best place to start

2 Responses

  1. Queen Helou says:

    I entirely agree with u Rawan, in my PR class we were discussing the same issue a couple of days ago. In my point of view, it’s the “sex in advertising” that’s provoking this problem. Like u said, years back men admired women who had shape but now due to the ideal image of models, men’s perspective on how women should be has changed, unfortunately. The guys in my class were okay about it, so I asked one of them that was arguing , what do u think about David Beckham’s Armani advertisement nearly naked with muscles and six packs? He was speechless.
    So then men also have to work on their posture to be all muscled up and sexy to feel okay, because like us women, if we’re not size 4 or 6 we’re not ”okay” , we’re FAT due to the idea of what sexy is these days on billboards , in magazines-the mass media that’s devastating these days !!
    This is really disappointing…

  2. admin says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience and opinion Queen. It’s great to hear a university student’s perspective! Yes it’s funny how guys don’t feel the image the media is creating affects them as well. It is disappointing but I believe that change is in our hands. We can create our own definition of what fat is and through future professionals like you we can change the view of the world 1 person at a time.

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