I recently read an article on Dose.com where a freelance journalist decided to study the various types of beauty around the world. In order to do this, she sent out a picture of herself to 40 different areas and asked them to photoshop the pictures to make her beautiful. Click here to see what she was sent back.
After reading the article and looking over the pictures, I was honestly amazed at how varied beauty can be around the world. Skin tone, eye shape,and even hairstyle even shaped a person's definition of beauty. Every culture has their own unique view, and none look exactly alike. It's fascinating.
This article really got me to thinking about self-esteem. There are so many people who feel as if they aren't valuable simply because of the opinion of one person or even a small group of people. We as a society need to do better about this. People, young and old, are literally killing themselves in order to feel good about themselves. The crazy thing is, after they've finally been accepted, they still aren't happy! Why? Because they aren't the person they were meant to be!
We are all fearfully and wonderfully made, and we are all created in God's image; who are we to tell each other that we're too fat, too skinny, too short, or too tall to be considered beautiful? We are all beautiful! The old saying says, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," and I completely agree. The photoshopped pictures of the freelance journalist prove that this saying is true. Everybody sees beauty differently, but that doesn't mean their wrong. Everyone just has a different viewpoint on it. Everyone assumes that everyone thinks that people like Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, and the Kardashians are some of the most beautiful people on the planet, but I can assure you that there is at least one person on this massive planet we call Earth that completely disagrees(I would have to be that person, sorry). It's just a matter of personal taste, and everyone has their own.
And that's another thing: it's not all about how people look! Just watch Beauty and the Beast and tell me I'm wrong! If you have a good heart, you could look like the bottom of my shoe and people would still speak well of you. At the same time, you could look like a supermodel, but if you are mean-spirited, nobody will think you're beautiful at all! The inside matters just as much as the outside.
Well, I think that's enough ranting for the day. If you don't remember anything else I said, remember this: You are beautiful.....yes YOU, reading this right now....you are beautiful....don't let anyone tell you any different.