Beauty – The View From Your vantage Point
Beauty is defined as that which makes objects pleasing to see. These objects are sunsets, landscapes, beautiful humans and beautiful works of art. Beauty, along with taste and art, is perhaps the most important theme of aesthetics, among the various branches of social philosophy. It is also one of the most popularly searched topics on the internet.
Defined by Oxford Dictionary as “the attractiveness of something” the word beauty has a wider range of meaning than “beautiful”. In common usage the term beauty is used to refer to the qualities of a living being. Nowadays, when used in a social context the term beauty is more often used to refer to the qualities that are perceived in others, especially on the internet.
For instance, when I’m browsing the news on my social media platform I am bombarded with beauty stories; beauty tips, beauty facts, beauty tips. I read about new great make-up brands, new beauty trends, and beauty contests. It almost seems like beauty has taken over everything including politics, business, media, and most certainly fashion. One may safely assume that if beauty was so hot that people were lining up at the local boutique for a test run then there wouldn’t be so much negativity in the world concerning beauty.
The term beauty has always been associated with glamour and the more glamorous aspects of life. However, the truth is that beauty has reached a point where it has become more subjective than objective. Everyone has their own idea of what is beautiful. The old concept of beauty included dressing appropriately and behaving properly. However, as society becomes more interdependent, more people are looking to the definition of beauty through the lens of their own social media network.
What I find appealing about the social media is that the runway is not the only place where we view beauty. Fashion and beauty are now synonymous. In fact, the way we see and define beauty has become so influenced by the fashion industry that we no longer take the four inch heels we see on the runway seriously; we now consider that a flat pair of shoes can be sexy and look beautiful.
When I think about the definition of beauty I think about my mom and the beautiful dress she wears to work in the morning. When I think about my friends, all I can think of are their beautiful smiles and beautiful figures. I guess isn’t it nice to be so beautiful? I guess what I’m trying to say is that beauty has reached a point of self-satisfaction for me and for the majority of my friends. Perhaps you have reached a similar point of self-satisfaction, feel beautiful, and do not let anyone stop you from living your life to the fullest.