Definition of Beauty

Franceska Leopold, Staffer

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Many people, want to be called beautiful by someone, but what they don’t know is that they’re already beautiful in their own way. According to Google’s dictionary, beauty is defined as “a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.” So what does that mean? In short, it can be summarized as “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Too many people in today’s society have to hear they are “beautiful” from someone in order to believe it; however, a person can only be beautiful if they believe it themselves. It doesn’t matter if everyone in the entire world says you are beautiful; it’s something you have to see on your own.

As I walk the halls at school everyday, I see many different people. These people have different faces, personalities, and even their own style. I often wonder which of them have a constant battle with themselves and how they look. Personally, I’ve been through the “I wish I looked liked her” phase, and I’m sure many others have, as well. What I’ve come to learn is that you will always come up short when you compare yourself to people. You may see someone with the latest clothes, newest hairstyle, maybe even the newest car, but material things and appearances don’t define you as a person or determine whether or not you’re beautiful. A person can look like they’ve stepped out of a magazine but have no morals and a horrible attitude. That’s not beautiful. Appearance is a mask on the true characteristics of a person.

I have been friends with people who’ve have battled with depression about their self image, and some of them have come close to committing suicide. When I ask them why they don’t like how they look, I always hear the same answer. They think that their teeth aren’t perfect enough. They believe they need to have an hourglass figure or long flawless hair.

My advice to everyone is that next time you feel that you’re not beautiful, grab a mirror and embrace your flaws. Tell yourself the truth.

“I am beautiful.”

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