Launching a blog with a whole category devoted to beauty got me thinking, and when those good old cogs start turning in this brain of mine two things are bound to happen:
1) I get very quiet – which, until I put him out of his misery, worries Mr Chic enough to guarantee the making of much tea and the offering of many a cuddle.
2) Having one of the most analytical minds on the planet I do what I do best – I ponder, I deliberate and I dig into the subject at hand until I am satisfied.
For this post I did both, yet I still could not answer the question, “What is Beauty” to my satisfaction. So I did what any new blogger would do – I called in the cavalry. I threw the question to some of the most influential, mature bloggers out there. This is what they came up with:
“To me, beauty is the way to describe something that provokes a strong, positive reaction – it could be anything from a baby’s laugh, to the setting sun bouncing off clouds, to the colours in a Matisse painting… it is entirely subjective but that’s what makes it so great. It has the ability to take your breath away and fill you with positivity. When applied to people, beauty is that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that is so appealing to me. I relish those who may or may not be conventionally beautiful but who have that special something. It could be the way they look at you or the way they make you feel – or it could simply be the effortless way they style their hair. Beauty comes in all forms to all people and I don’t want to put any boundaries or limitations onto how I define beauty – that way it keeps the magic going.”
Catherine – Not Dressed As Lamb
“I feel that beauty starts on the inside and shines through a woman’s eyes and her smile. Take care of the outside and project your image to the world in an authentic way. This then becomes a virtuous circle”. Josephine – Chic At Any Age
“Beauty is radiating confidence, knowing who you are and being happy with yourself.” Sylvia – 40 Plus Style
“Beauty is celebrating the best version of yourself, whatever your age or size: feeling comfortable in your own skin, in your own life, and enhancing your best features and qualities without trying to copy or mimic someone else or someone else’s beauty ideals. So, there can never be one definition of beauty, because what makes one person beautiful, might not work on another. Tiina – Elegance Revisited
“The definition of beauty is kind of elusive, because everyone has a different perspective or concept of beauty. But, the real beauty in my opinion comes from the inside and radiates to the outside with positive energy. Unfortunately, this is the type of beauty that we often forget to recognize.
Physical beauty? We all are beautiful! until we start looking down to our own physical attributes, and it’s because we start comparing ourselves with others. Then, we need to stop and remember…life is easier if we live in harmony with our reality.” Carelia, My Small Wardrobe
“If we look at the world with eyes that have been conditioned to see a woman as beautiful only if society and the beauty industry deem her to be beautiful, then our own experience of beauty will be severely limited by our inability to perceive it. Beauty is everywhere and in everyone, you just have to look.” Michelle, The Barefaced Chic.
Interesting stuff! I think if I’ve learned anything from my research into, “What Is Beauty” it’s this: what is thought of as (or what we are told is) beautiful is constantly changing. Therefore, beauty is impossible to categorise – especially as preferences are unique to each individual on the planet.
So be true to you. Don’t try to be a homogenised, universally accepted version of what is supposedly beautiful. The most beautiful women on the planet are not necessarily super models, they are the women who are comfortable in their own skins.
A big thank you to all the ladies who gave up their precious time to give us a blogger’s view on “What Is Beauty”. Please check out their blogs of much awesomeness.
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