Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…

I believe we wield the power to see beauty if we choose to do so. We can look at someone, say the beautiful down-syndrome model, Madeline Stuart, and choose to see how beautiful she is. We can look at ourselves in the mirror and choose see a beautiful man/woman staring back at us.

It’s all about perception. I shared a tweet not long ago that said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. How do you behold yourself?”

Julia Roberts recently posted a photo to Instagram of her without makeup (and yes, she’s still gorgeous!) She says,

Perfection is a disease of a nation. We overlay our faces with tons of make-up. We get botoxs and even starve ourselves to become that perfect size. We try to fix something but you can’t fix what you can’t see. It’s the soul that needs the surgery. It’s time that we take a stand. How can you expect someone else to love you if you don’t love yourself? You have to be happy with yourself. It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, it’s whats on the inside that counts. Today, I want to put up a makeup-free photo. I know I have wrinkles on my skin but today I want you to see beyond that. I want to embrace the real me and I want you to embrace who you are, the way you are, and love yourself just the way you are.

I ADORE this! Why? Because she’s challenging others to love themselves. All that other stuff doesn’t matter. Sure, if you want to purse it fine, but love yourself enough to know that you’re beautiful NOW!

You’re beautiful without all that stuff. You’re not perfect, and you never will be. It’s time that we got that into our heads. You can’t be perfect because you’re not God. You’re a human, and we have flaws. And once we learn that, we can start to accept ourselves for who we are.

Am I saying not to change? No. I’m not. If you want to change, that’s great. That’s your prerogative, but I also hope that you see none of this is what makes you beautiful. As Julia says, it’s your soul. The essence of who you are that makes you beautiful.

Another great post was from a selfie Miss America, Betty Cantrell. She posted.

Always embrace your original, organic image. God made you in His image and likeness and for that reason, as well as many others including: character, morals and personality, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! ‪#‎LoveYourself‬‪#‎nomakeupselfie‬‪#‎MissAmerica‬‪#‎MissGeorgia‬

I love this! This right here basically sums up my entire platform!

You are beautiful because you’re you. How do you behold yourself today? Do you see yourself as someone who needs to change? Or do you love yourself as you are? Do you realize that you’re “perfect” the way you are?


2 thoughts on “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…

  1. The Julia Roberts thing is really cool. And standards of beauty vary so much from culture to culture — which just shows how arbitrary they actually are.

    I saw an article a few years ago about a model who gave a TED talk, and she basically used it to deconstruct the culture we live in, where somebody like her would get to do a TED talk when her only “accomplishments” were blonde hair, blue eyes, a specific body type, and Caucasian ancestry.

    She said that all her life people had given her things, simply because of how she looked. If she’d grown up in a different culture, or in a different era of history, none of those things would have happened. It was really cool.

    She wasn’t boastful or ashamed or anything like that, because none of it really reated to her as a person.

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    1. That sounds like an awesome thing to hear. Beauty does vary, and that’s why I hate why in America so much emphasis is put on a “standard” of beauty. Beauty varies from person to person. And the “ideal” changes so often I wonder why it even exists to begin with. I loved what Julia said. It really resonated with me.


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