During my commute to Manhattan on the Express Bus one morning, I had the corporate and pleasure of reading the March issue of Allure magazine. i started by reading the Letter from the Editor Linda Wells and stumped upon this striking catch phrase, the "pursuit of beauty". Linda explains this phenomenon to be very similar to the pursuit of the American Dream . it's "a right to work out and improve our essential selves, psychologically and physically...that transcends gender, class, race, age and sexual orientation." i assumed to myself, "this is so true!
there's little question , that we as citizenry are acutely sensitive to our physical appearances and can do anything to realize or to take care of our personal beauty. Our insatiable need for all things "beauty" proves that we are beat full pursuit and unapologetically so. According to dictionary.com beauty is "the quality present during a thing or person who gives intense pleasure or gives deep satisfaction to the mind." This emotional bond to pleasure explains why beauty plays such a big part in our lives. we will not help ourselves within the presence of things or persons that decision to our sensibilities. Physical beauty, though a matter of taste and opinion is additionally characterized by society's views. In most cultures, the existence of symmetry or balance may be a determining factor of beauty because it suggests the absence of "flaws" or "defects". Facial balance, complexion, body shape and size, also as youthfulness are all standardizations of beauty. The characterization of beauty however, can't be understood without also realizing that beauty has another side thereto - One that's not so physical, but rather metaphysical (a more intangible element ). We cannot necessarily see or touch it, yet its presence is undeniable. thereupon being said, we cannot exclude psychological factors like personality, intelligence, politeness, elegance or charisma as determining factors in recognizing beauty. As I researched more into this beauty craze, I stumbled upon some very interesting findings. To my surprise, (ok maybe not so surprised) researchers have found that possessing physical attractiveness are often quite influential during a persons life. Someone who is taken into account to be beautiful is probably going to urge higher grades, receive better care from their doctors, receive lighter prison sentences and earn extra money . As if we do not have enough problems within the world today, now we all know that uncontrollable factors like our God-given beauty or "lack thereof", is simply another social barrier to feature to our list. Whether we acknowledge it or not, and whether we do that consciously or unconsciously, this sort of "lookism" has plagued our society for years and may shed some light on the depth of self-importance that exists in our world today. This daunting truth certainly affects how we perceive ourselves also as others. the pictures we see on tv also determine what we concede to be beautiful and is that the drive towards this look for perfection. We spend thousands of dollars and insurmountable time shopping online or at the department stores , purchasing all kinds of beauty products, making nail, hair, facial and botox appointments, reading fashion magazines and taking particular note of what our favourite celebrities are wearing, doing and using to remain slim, youthful and yes, beautiful. Let's not forget, that there was once a time once we were all mystified by the gorgeous models and celebrities, who flawlessly walked the red carpets and flanked the covers of magazines effortlessly, or a minimum of so it seemed. We dreamed about being them and searching like them, thinking they were born perfectly that way. because of our growing obsession with celebrity-life, the shameless and countless invasions of privacy through reality tv, the social networks and therefore the "tell-all" craze, we not only have the knowledge and therefore the knowledge but also access to the once "top secret" sometimes extreme, physical enhancers. Don't get me wrong, the "pursuit of beauty" doesn't need to mean a visit to a cosmetic surgeon , neither is it an elusive commodity accessible to only to the rich and famous. we will all be physically beautiful! The multi-billion dollar beauty industry has made bound to fulfill our every beauty need by bombarding us with a plethora of products and services geared towards making us feel and appearance younger and more beautiful.The opportunities and resources available to us are endless during this department. we've products that make us look younger, products that make our skin smoother, products that make our stomachs flat, products that make our lips plumper, products that give us fuller hair, products that make our lashes longer and thicker, stylists, eyebrow threaders, makeup artists, fashion trends that change every season, adornments like earrings, necklaces, tattoos, hats etc we all use this stuff to reinforce our personal beauty and attractiveness in how . The truth is however, our pursuit of beauty isn't almost exploiting our "sexual capital". it isn't just the physical aspect of beauty that enamors us. We are in search of a mixture between the seen and therefore the refore the unseen - The physical (outer) and the psychological (inner) because they both thrive off one another . i prefer many, believe that true beauty comes from within. Inner beauty in my definition, is that undeniable, profound light that shines from you and onto the planet . it's your aura, your spirit, the stamp you allow behind after someone meets you for the primary time. My father likes to ask this intangible, spiritual side of our attribute because the "inner man" or "woman". Though this "inside beauty" may come easier to some than others, it's the start stages to fulfilling this intrinsic desire for physical satisfaction or happiness. If psychologically we will find the facility and confidence to ascertain ourselves as beautiful regardless of what, then the planet would haven't any choice but to look at us that way.