Our Everly Mag Writing Leaders told us about their definitions of beauty and how beauty plays a role in their life. In their responses, they think critically about who gets to define beautiful, how they can make other people feel beautiful, and about times when they feel beautiful.
This article was written by our writing leader Elisabeth. Get to know our Summer 2018 Leaders here!
Beauty is something that is found within. I believe that real beauty lies in personality, determination, creativity, kindness, and how you see the world.
I believe no one should say that one person or thing is more beautiful than another. Everyone is beautiful, just in their own way. We all have our little quirks and perks and insecurities and flaws, but it’s what we do with them that makes a difference in our beauty compared to others’.
Take me, for example. I love to perform, but to do that I have to have courage. In some social situations, though, I get a little anxious and a little scared. Maybe that’s why so many people are attracted to me; because I can get up on stage and act as if I own the world, but the minute I step down I’m just a normal human being with normal feelings. That little quirk of mine makes me beautiful in a way that no one else is. In my opinion, everyone should be allowed to have their own definition of beautiful because we all have different minds and we all think differently. We should be entitled to our opinions, right?
Every time I step on stage, I feel a surge of confidence rush through me. I can just imagine seeing myself with a huge smile on my face, dancing in sync with everyone else in the cast, with the audience watching in awe, and that’s what makes me feel beautiful. Knowing that I’m doing something I truly love makes me feel like the happiest person on Earth – and haven’t you heard that happiness always brings more beauty?
I’ve heard so many people ask others if they look pretty. Maybe it’s just for a simple selfie, or maybe they’re going on their first date and want to impress them. This is just their insecurity talking. Since everyone has their own perception of beauty, we tend to seek reassurance from others to satisfy their definition of the little word. What we see isn’t what they see and we know it. Our problem is in accepting our beauty as it is and not changing it for others.
What we need to do as a society is to empower each other instead of bringing each other down. We need to remember that everyone is beautiful in their own way; that it’s okay to be different. We don’t need fancy clothes or a face full of makeup to be beautiful. We just need to support and accept each other (and of course, ourselves).
Social media isn’t making this easy. Makeup tutorials, recipes for diets, and skin products are being posted all over the internet for everyone to see and be influenced by. These posts are encouraging people, especially us teens and tweens, to “make” ourselves beautiful when we already are. Though, we don’t know any better, so we do it anyway. In this way, social media has really changed the way we perceive beauty.
All in all, the word “beautiful” means something different to everybody. We all need to forget about what the media perceives beauty as and find it within ourselves. After all, we are the only ones who have the power to make something out of it.
Do you feel more beautiful when you’re doing something you’re passionate about?
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