We all come into this world with no bias. As children we don’t see others as being less than purely because they are different. Although a child may be curious and point out differences they notice, the child does not behave judgmentally.
But something changes as we age. As we grow older, we pick up on societal biases, and we fall into the pattern of the world. If the world says thick thighs are beautiful, we believe it. If the world says being thin is beautiful, we believe it. If the world says tattoos are beautiful, we believe it. If the world says no markings on your skin is beautiful, we believe it.
It doesn’t matter what is said. If the world says it, we, as a society, have the tendency to believe it.
Disagree? Years ago, Marilyn Monroe was deemed as the most beautiful woman. But compared to today’s supermodel standards, she would be too “thick.”
But why do we allow our society and our culture to determine what is beautiful? Why do we allow people to determine if one person is more beautiful than the other? Why do we believe that one group of people is more beautiful than the other?
Aren’t we all beautiful in our own way?
When one person believes that thin is beautiful and another believes that thick is beautiful, how could we believe that there is one standard definition of beautiful?
The standard definition of beauty literally reads: “A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.” This definition does not say that thin is beautiful. It does not say that thick is beautiful. Long hair or short hair, brown eyes or blue eyes, black skin or white, tattoos or no tattoos — it does not mention any of these things!
The truth is that, although we fall into the pattern of what society defines beauty as, we do have our own definition of beauty.
Perhaps you find beauty in a man with tattoos. Maybe you find beauty in a woman with a purple pixie haircut. The point is: Everyone sees beauty differently.
So stop believing that you must be tall and thin to be beautiful. Stop believing that you cannot have a single blemish on your skin to be beautiful. Stop believing that you have to purchase name-brand clothing to be beautiful. Stop believing that you have to dye your hair a standard color to be beautiful.
Stop believing what society says about beauty.
Recognize what you deem as beautiful.
And most importantly, never forget: Everyone is beautiful in their own way. We all see beauty in different ways, but always remember that everyone is beautiful. Just as society cannot create one standard definition of beauty, neither can you. Everyone has their own sense of what beauty is. We must allow every person the opportunity to express beauty without judgment.
Embrace the beauty in everyone around you.
Embrace the beauty of the world that God has created.