The War on Beauty

Beauty: a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, esp. the sight. A combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense.

Let’s get right to the point. Beauty has been defined, redefined, and redefined some more since the beginning of time. One thing has stayed constant: the definition of beauty is an opinion. The reason the definition of beauty has changed over the years is because people can’t seem to make up their minds. In the 1940’s and 50’s, a full figure meant you were healthy. Women in advertisements had curves. Only recently has society decided that being tall and ultra skinny is beautiful. And you want to know what? Not one time in history was society wrong in their definition.


I have heard so many people complaining about the definition of beauty. The problem is that people have taken it to another level. It is no longer the fact that if you don’t fit the stereotype then you are not beautiful. It has become that if you do fit the stereotype, you are also no longer considered beautiful. I would like to point out something. Dove and Victoria’s Secret both have campaigns that claim you should love your body. However, there is one difference. Dove does not have any slender girls in their campaign photo. Victoria’s Secret is only slender girls. All I’m saying is that at least Victoria’s Secret is consistent in their message.

And I know some of you might be thinking “You’re only saying this because you yourself are thin.” Ok, let’s go to the flip side. Dove doesn’t have any girls who are on the more curvy side in their campaign ad either. They have typical looking girls, which is fine, but it’s still not consistent. So what I would like to know is why are we, as women, having such a war with each other? We have brought this on ourselves. You can blame men as long as you want. You can complain that every guy you know only likes thin girls (I for one, have guy friends who like girls with curves). The issue still remains with us. If we are rooting our confidence in the ever-changing definition of beauty, then our confidence will always be changing.

Why can’t we just root our confidence in what God defines as beautiful? If you don’t know what God defines as beautiful, I suggest picking up a Bible and looking up Psalm 139. Maybe if we did that, we would stop putting each other down. Maybe if we did that, we could learn to define beauty as something more than just weight and a pretty face. Maybe if we did that, we would learn to love not only ourselves, but each other.


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