We women have always wondered how to be beautiful, or maybe just a bit prettier. And we’ve always done unhelpful things to be beautiful, or be considered beautiful by whatever society we live in. If only women throughout the ages knew what I’m about to share with you here.
A History Of Beauty
There is some biology to wanting to be beautiful. After all, it could be argued that, just as peacocks, parrots, and lions appear stunning in order to attract a mate and ensure that their bloodlines continue, we humans do the same thing. Be more attractive to attract a mate, reproduce, and keep the genes flowin’. But at what cost do humans do this?
💄 Ancient Egyptian men and women viewed exaggerated cat-eyes as seductive, so they adorned their eyes with eyeliner which, for many decades, was made from copper. The copper, of course, led to eye infections, mental illness, and death.
💄 The Victorian Era in the west was a time when elegant was en vogue. But the “elegant” dresses that appear so beautiful to the uninformed eye were complemented with corsets and bodices that caused women to pass out from lack of oxygen.
💄 In China, until as recently as 1912, young girls had their soft feet bound so tightly that their bones were crushed, manipulated, and altered forever, ultimately rendering the grown woman unable to balance or walk freely.
💄 In 21st century America, we take dangerous diet pills, go on drastic crash diets, binge and purge, bleach our skin, straighten our hair, wear push-up bras, inject poisons into our face, and surgically alter our bodies – all in the name of “beauty.”
But none of that ever actually worked to make anyone beautiful.
The Truth About Beauty
How can someone be beautiful if they face their reflection with criticism, disdain, un-acceptance, or self-loathing? The world senses insecurity, people pick up on self-unacceptance, and we are, simply, less radiant when we don’t feel radiant.
How To Be Beautiful
When you fight that inner critic that tells you that you’re no good, you are beautiful.
When you hold your head up high as you walk, you are beautiful.
When you take the time to behold and appreciate the shape of your hips, you are beautiful.
When you look at your reflection in the mirror and focus on what is unique and right, rather on whatever seems imperfect, you are beautiful.
When you accept and love your bra size, your dress size, your shoe size, you are beautiful.
When you feel empathetic joy for a friend’s accomplishments, you are beautiful.
When you strive to be strong in body and mind, you are beautiful.
When you work hard day in and day out to pay the bills, you are beautiful.
When you climb the corporate ladder, you are beautiful.
When you give love to your children, runs errands, do the laundry, and feed your family, you are beautiful.
When you take pride in what you do for a living, whether you mop floors, fix cars, run a medical practice, or stay home with kids, you are beautiful.
When you pursue your passions, you are beautiful.
When you give of yourself to those who need you, you are beautiful.
When you take time to be alone and go within, to feel – and accept – who you really are, you are beautiful.
So ladies, you already know how to be beautiful … because you already are beautiful.
Take note of all the good you do in the world.
Accept yourself as you are.
Love yourself as you are.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
– Audrey Hepburn