Sunday, 10 May 2015

How Should One's Beauty be Validated?

Do you ever just sit there and wonder why we glorify the aesthetic of the past so much?

I mean we look back at it constantly, and soon enough, we forget to see the charms of the aesthetic we follow today, and by aesthetic, I mean the mode, the fashion sense, the attire, the overall look.

I think I have an answer, and that is, we actually see pure beauty in people. Pure, that is to say, their beauty minus the filters.

I think it's important to remember that as the days go by, we tend to become more and more judgemental because we have the means to cover things up now, which was the main subject of my post last time, the obsession of covering up.

Nowadays, if there's even a single blemish on someone's face everyone goes crazy. I mean, if you happen to be a person who doesn't have to suffer the wrath of these temporary facial imperfections, then kudos to you, but don't judge others who have these issues because most of the time it's out of their control. The body does what it wants, we can do a lot to prevent imperfections from showing up, but at the end of the day, if you wake up with a blemish on your face after treating yourself with so many facial creams, toners, and cleansers on the daily, just know that it's okay, you're human.

I look up to the beauty of the people from the past because they didn't care so much about the appearance of things in the sense that if there was an imperfection, they just had to deal with it as much as possible. Obviously, beauty has always meant a huge deal to people, and they always wanted to look their best. I'm not saying they didn't try to cover up the imperfections, but I think the greatest thing about them was that they learned to rock the things that bothered them because they knew those weren't defining factors of what their beauty was seen to be. The most important thing to them was how they carried themselves.

Your beauty, as a male or a female was validated through your self confidence, not how others saw or defined you. It was about how confident you were in your own skin, how you wore your clothes, how you appeared to be polite and caring towards others, and most importantly, how beautiful you felt. I need you all to remember that feeling beautiful, and being confident does not make you narcissistic. I repeat, IT DOES NOT MAKE YOU CONCEITED. It means that you acknowledge that you should be feeling pretty and beautiful because you are a precious human being, one of a kind, and no one should ever make you feel different. These days, it's all about shaming one another for your appearance, and making another person feel bad just because he or she wants to present themselves a specific way. Not only does this show that you don't have an appreciation for the beauty of others, but it also shows that you don't respect yourself enough to think that you look beautiful on your own that you have to make others feel bad so you can feel better.

I just wish that the definition of beauty nowadays did not mean the covering up of insecurities and "weaknesses", but the confidence of owning them because hey, just so you know, you're already special for being who you are, what's on the outside doesn't matter if what's on the inside shines through and illuminates your heart, the thing that matters the most, and until you realize that, and until we all realize that, everyone is going to keep being stuck in a cycle of hiding their insecurities to feel beautiful instead of acknowledging them as factors that make them, them.
Creative Reflection Photography by Tom Hussey

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