Friday, September 16, 2011


What makes someone beautiful to you? Is it their outward appearance, their personality, or is it a combination of both? Is it something that you have been taught, or is it a personal preference? Many times people develop perceptions of beauty based on visual images that they are exposed to on television, in magazines, on the internet, and on billboards. Some people base beauty on one's hair, makeup and weight. Women deal with the pressure to be beautiful from a very young age. They strive to duplicate the images that they see from day to day. Weight seems to be one component of beauty that affects both men and women. However, there seems to be a lot more pressure in society for females to remain thin. This desire to be thin causes some individuals to develop unhealthy habits such as starving themselves. Bulimia and anorexia are eating disorders caused by individuals wanting to remain thin. The healthiest way to remain thin is to exercise and eat right.  However, the reality is that all individuals are not meant to be thin. Some individuals such as myself have to work real hard to stay in shape, while others are blessed with naturally slim frames. As long as you feel beautiful inside and out, then you can disregard what others may say about you. However, if you don't appreciate yourself as whole, you may find yourself giving in to the pressure to be beautiful based on what society has defined as beautiful. Men also deal with the pressure to be attractive. However, their struggles are not usually discussed to the same extent as women.  I believe that one reason that women struggle to remain thin is because they think that it makes them more attractive to men. I read in one study that men are more likely to leave their woman if she gained weight, while the woman would remain if the man gained weight. So weight definitely seems to be one of the determining factors of beauty. Of course, this doesn't apply to all men because men have different preferences. So is your definition of beauty based on what others have proclaimed as beauty, or do you have your own unique definition of beauty? Always remember that beauty comes in all races, shapes, and sizes. God made you the way that you are for a reason, never let anyone take that away from you.


  1. Would have liked for you to expand more on other attributes beside the physical/body image issue considering you made references to "personality" as one. What other research did you find regarding cultural views and other perspectives.Thanks for the read, good job keep pushing forward.

  2. This post would have been very long if I had discussed other perspectives and views. A portion of my thesis discussed this issue among "Nigerian Women", so there are a lot of other things that I could have addressed. This post mostly dealt with the weight aspect of beauty. There is also hair and skin, which can be another posting in itself. Thanks for the input.

  3. Favor is deceitful and beauty is vain but a woman that fears the Lord she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30


  4. beauty is accepting who God has made you to be inside and out. It is accepting your outward characteristics and embracing your cultural ethnicity and realizing all people have different characteristics and personalities. Every individual is unique and need to aspire to live a healthy and productive life. regardless physical appearance, personality, culture all individuals need to give attention to having a healthy weight. Your point was well taken in emphasizing weight as a key element in the definition of beauty.


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