When you hear (or say) the phrase, “She is beautiful,” is it made in reference to what is on the outside or the inside? In today’s society, the definition of beauty we receive from pop culture and the mass media is focused on the physical characteristics of a person rather than an authentic definition of beauty.
What exactly is beauty? In a recent study the Dove Campaign asked women and found that:
- Seventy-seven percent strongly agree that beauty can be achieved through attitude, spirit, and other attributes that have nothing to do with physical appearance.
- Eighty-nine percent strongly agree that a woman can be beautiful at any age.
- Eighty-five percent state that every woman has something about her that is beautiful.
The women rated happiness, confidence, dignity and humor as powerful
components of beauty, along with the more traditional attributes of physical appearance body weight, shape and a sense of style. So why aren’t we focusing more as a society on celebrating each other’s unique and authentic beauty? Isn’t this what really makes women truly beautiful? The type of beauty which is not like everyone else. It cannot be taken away, copied, manufactured or enhanced because it is engrained in our hearts and souls.
I believe authentic beauty is the beauty we should use to define women going forward because being real or vivid, as in a beautiful painting is far greater than tirelessly trying to fit in with everyone else and what’s popular.
In 2017, let’s vow to renew our definition of beauty. Authentic beauty is something to be cherished and valued. It’s original beauty that is honest, genuine and wonderful. What if in this new year, we try this beauty tip every day: Each morning when you look in the mirror, say Psalm 139:14 and smile.
Psalm 139:14 says “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Tape the verse on your mirror as a reminder!
Each of us are created in the image of God and God doesn’t make junk! Like a snowflake, every person is unique. No two of us are the same. God sees each of us as a masterpiece. When we look in the mirror he wants us to “know that full well”
As women let’s celebrate the characteristics we possess that make each of us different from everyone else because, after all, we are fearfully and wonderfully made and each of us were created by and through him to be unique and captivating works of art.
By: Kim Francis