We are trained to believe that beauty in life lies in princesses and fairies from childhood, and as we age these idols develop real faces in the positions of actors and actrices. We see time and time again that the gorgeous girl gets the great guy and we see that happily ever after comes in to play only after that frog gets its kiss.
What we are not trained to see, is the market to buy our beauty. We are not trained to bear witness as young girls view thousands of images per day telling them to buy into the idea that they must enhance their own beauty for it to be beautiful. We are told that we can eat our way into beauty, but not that we can also do the same out of our health. It is not necessarily the makeup, clothing, or diets that are wrong, but our need to fit others into molds set by industry standards.
So what is beauty anymore? Maybe that’s just it, is beauty now only a combination of how we are taught to buy and eat? Maybe all it really means nowadays is that we have successfully mimicked what editors and icons alike have been trained to emanate themselves. Maybe instead of trying to be beautiful, we should focus on trying to be good. Maybe being good, would be enough for those we impact. Maybe being good, is all that we really have to strive for. Maybe we are enough.
Original art by Jean Bevier