beauty is all about personality…

What did beauty mean to you when you were in your 20s?

In my 20s I thought that beauty was all about being thin.  It didn’t matter how people got thin or kept themselves thin, but having a good body was definitely the most important component of beauty.  I also thought that beauty was about wearing cool clothes and being self confident.  

What does beauty mean to you now?

In my 30s beauty is about being healthy in mind, body and soul.  I find beauty in people who enjoy life, who laugh and who are genuinely happy on a regular basis.

If different, why have your ideas about beauty  changed over the years?

My perception of beauty probably was shaped most by what I thought men were attracted to.  Everyone knows that men are attracted to women in magazines, so in my 20s, that’s what I wanted to look like.  As I got older I realized that, more than anything, men are attracted to people they enjoy being around.  In my 30s, I realized that everyone is attracted to people they enjoy being around, men and woman.  It took me 30 years to realize that beauty is all about personality.

Martha, 32

Chicago area


Being a beauty is something you cannot fake

What did beauty mean to you when you were in your 20s?

Beauty to me always meant a girl’s appearance and for me this meant a beautiful face, very clear skin, long shiny hair and the girl had to be thin.  She also had to be very fashionable following the latest trends. I never applied the word to anything else.

What does beauty mean to you now?

For me beauty now holds a stronger meaning. I think it is shown through personality rather than appearance. I  strongly believe that someone who is always radiant (happy face) is a natural beauty as I believe it reflects that person’s personality. Make up and hair straighteners can help make someone look beautiful but its that radiant glow that I believe makes someone a beauty. Being a beauty is something that you cannot fake.

If different, why have your ideas about beauty changed?

Past experience has shown me this. It has been proven to me time and time again that beauty isn’t on the outside – it’s on the inside. An old adage I know. But the people that I used to idolize and wish to be, have always, in the long run seemed to lack genuineness. Its not long before their personality changes their persona. It’s amazing how once you get to know the real person how their appearance changes. Sometimes for the good and unfortunately sometimes for the bad.

Vicki, 27

Spain

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