Redefining the Face of Beauty was designed to showcase the world the different beauty that we are surrounded by. Not just the beauty in people, but also the natural beauty of art, the world and most importantly intelligence. Everyday, the same statements have been made about how different cultures are beautiful, but there has still been an extreme failure towards including many international people within those standards. This can leave individuals feeling low, worthless and "ugly", both inside and out. When you flip open the cover of a magazine, the first thing you see is a skinny woman with European features. These ladies are often extremely beautiful, however, there has been a consistent failure towards recognizing the following:
- That beauty is more then just "appearance."
- Beauty is ageless and does not come in a size.
- Intelligence is beautiful.
- Different is beautiful...
One of the most recent examples was earlier this year when a young lady by the name of Florence Colgate (CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY) was titled the most beautiful girl in the Britain. Many people were angry and frustrated by the countries neglectful and skewed views of beauty. That has been one case of many. Magazines are constantly posting one person on the cover and suggesting that there is only one type of beauty. And if you cannot live up to that, you are not beautiful and will probably not be as successful based on your different physical features. This type of behavior is demonstrated amongst the media and is destructive towards people of all cultures, especially the little girls who are trying to live up to an expectation that is not necessary (nor realistic). Perhaps the biggest victims are the sick children who are cancer stricken and who will never have the opportunity to have the flowing hair, because they are terminally ill and undergoing treatment. Or maybe it is the adults who constantly put their lives at risk because they want their nose to be a little smaller or their hips to be one size down. But, that is not the only big issue.
Instead of coming together and "Redefining" beauty, it has been a constant war between who looks better. Blonds or brunettes? Curvy or skinny? Light versus dark and even young versus old. These constant issues have not accomplished anything because it leads to constant unnecessary "comparison" battles of who is looks better than whom.
Redefining beauty is not about who is better, (because in the eyes of the creator of the universe, we are all beautiful) but about standing together and admitting to ourselves that yes blonds are beautiful, but so are brunettes, red heads and those with black hair. It is about discovering who you are and never letting anyone degrade you based on your physical appearance. But most importantly it is about love and forming a bond with people who are different from ourselves while appreciating and respecting them as a person.
This seems like a dream. How could any of this ever happen? Well to answer that simple question, none of us are perfect, therefore it is highly unlikely that this type of world will ever exist. However, what is possible is the ability to change your personal views on acceptance and beauty. We can never change the perspective of other people. You can educate people in hopes that one day they will finally get it, but the most important thing you can do is change the way YOU view the world. It is then, and ONLY then, that you will become a part of the movement towards Redefining Beauty. Because the world changes one person at a time...
Beautiful Children of the World!
Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA