What is beauty?

Beauty is an universal concept. The most interesting thing I can take from beauty is that it is different from every single person. Everyone has their own definition. We all define beauty one way, which makes it hard to really define what beauty is. Merriam Webster defines beauty as:

the quality of being physically attractive

That definition shocked me. Though at the same time it didn’t. Is it sad that in our society that we all care about physical beauty. What about the internal beauty? Does physical beauty outway internal beauty? Should this be a wake up call?

In my AP Spanish class, we are talking about la belleza y la estética. Beauty is in an interesting concept because it can changes from person to person. Some people believe new things are beautiful rather than old things. Everyone has a different perspective of what beauty is. Is it physical appearance or internal beauty?

A few weeks ago my teacher started off class asking if “If we think new things are beautiful or old things are beautiful?” After that we had to write about a person who was internally beauty and a person who is physically beautiful. Next my teacher put up pictures of celebrities, some included George Clooney, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Julia Roberts, William Levy, George Washington, Marie Antoinette, and a few more. We had to pick the person we found most attractive and the person whose “look” we liked the best. Then we tallied up the results and it turned out the most attractive celebrity was William Levy and the person whose “look” we liked the best was Taylor Swift. In the end, my teacher stated so you guys like new things, in translation, that meant we found the younger people as more attractive than the older famous people.

My classmates and I were then challenged to make a survey about beauty. My group’s multiple choice questions included what celebrity they found most attractive, the quality they found most attractive, the place they found most beautiful, what they do to feel beautiful, If you could get another feature, what would it be?, and if they found themselves beautiful. The open ended questions were describe what they found most beautiful in a person and how far would you go to achieve beauty?

I think the results were the most interesting thing. People found Jennifer Lawrence the most attractive with Paul Walker with being second. Overwhelming results concluded that people found humor the most attractive quality. From the people we surveyed we learned that people found the beach as the most attractive place. We learned that people work out and smile to feel beautiful, however there were quite a few people who answered they do nothing to feel beautiful. People answered that they would like to be the kindest person in the world. Most people found themselves physically attractive and internally beautiful.

For the open ended questions, people answered that they found personality, eyes, and humor the most beautiful qualities found in people. For the last question, we received a mixed of results.

My group found some interesting results when analyzing the data. We learned that people find young celebrities as the most attractive. Young people try to modify their appearance to be beautiful while older people just try to maintain their internal beauty and their bodies. I found it interesting that when it came to the question do you find yourself beautiful, the majority did find themselves beautiful, though males had a quite a big number of people responding that they weren’t beautiful while females thought of themselves as internally beautiful.

When it came to the multiple choice questions, the majority of responses dealt with internal beauty. Though when it came to the open ended questions only 1/15th males mentioned internal qualities while for females it we close to 50/50. So what does that mean?

In my interpretation, it means that people don’t want to admit they find physical attraction more attractive than internal beauty. If we look at it more, you notice someone if they are attractive, then we take the time to get to know them. Is it sad that we judge someone before taking the time to get to know them. It’s just like “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” Even though we hear that cliche statement time and time again we still do it, especially when we judge people.

I guess the important lesson we can learn from this is that everyone has their opinion on beauty. We get caught up trying to be someone’s definition of attractive. Girls pile on make up and people spend money on the best clothes and try to make everyone feel beautiful. In reality, everyone is insecure. Some people don’t show it, others do it. People try to cover up their flaws, but those flaws make a person who they are. In my opinion, I don’t try to live up to societal norms. I wear make up maybe 3 times a year. I wear the same thing style of clothes every week. I never steer myself in another direction.

Don’t try to be someone who you aren’t. Be yourself. The best advice I can give is tell yourself that you are beautiful. Everyone is beautiful and it is important to feel beautiful. Don’t let anyone’s words put you down. You are beautiful. There are so many rewarding qualities in every single person. You just have to look for them. Just like a book. You can’t judge a book by it’s cover, you got to open in and see how amazing their story is. Everyone has a story, you just have to take the time to learn from them.


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