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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?
The characterization of  ‘beautiful’ is often based on some combination of:
  • inner beauty, which includes factors such as personality, intelligence, grace, politeness, charisma, integrity;
  • outer beauty which includes physical attributes that are valued on an aesthetic basis.
It’s no secret that the perception of beauty goes a little like this – physically a beautiful woman is one with wide hips, round bum, narrow waist, luscious breasts and miles long legs; a handsome man is someone typically with a fit body, tall, muscular. Of course, then there is the whole opposite spectrum – of stick-thin figures and sunk in cheekbones – kind of beauty that we seem to see in the fashion industry – not that someone with that type of body isn’t beautiful. An ‘ideal beauty’ is an entity which is admired and possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture, for perfection. However, what we see here as ‘perfection’ in the western world doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand with what’s recognized as beautiful in other countries. Some cultures have come to be known as ones that idolize overweight women, other cultures favour face tattoos, body scars, long necks, light skin, dark skin, stretched lips and some as bizarre as surgery bandages. Thus only proving that everyone is an individual and what’s brainwashed as beautiful trough media may not be everyone’s cup of tea. To me… Beauty is eyes full of wonder, adventures and experiences. Hands with slender fingers that have held onto life through tough, hands that have carried out hard work, little rough around edges yet soft enough to caress lovers skin and pleasure loved one or self. A light dusting of freckles around the face in sunny weather, a smile that’s slightly crooked yet holds true happiness and feels like falling in love. A body that is loved and admired, a body that is healthy and a body that is imperfect yet perfect. Stretch marks like paths marking body’s journey, change and growth. The curve of the throat with skin so soft begging to be nibbled on. Scarred knees that tell about a childhood spent outside climbing trees and playing catch. A trail of goosebumps left onto the skin when under a tender electricity and arousal filled touch. Bruises like galaxies covering pale flesh, collarbones like mountains poking under the thin skin with deep hallows inviting to drink wine out of them. The curve of high instep peeking out of a foot planted in a sleek high heeled shoe. Tiny beauty marks scattered around the body like a connect-the-dots game. Cheeks tinted with a rosy blush, lips that speak words of kindness. Dimples fixed on the cheeks by angel kisses. The round swell of breasts and the valley in-between. Skin so rich in colour like melted chocolate. Beauty is in detail, it’s about the small things that make someone truly beautiful. There is a difference between someone being attractive and beautiful. If there is anything I wish for my readers to take away from this post it’s this – you are beautiful, attractive and handsome – point blank. It is time to stop taunting yourself, I promise, you’re nose is fine, your waistline is fine and you’ve got a hot piece of ass. Stop jumping through the rings society has put in front of you, you are not a circus freak. Forget how ‘hot’ Kylie Jenner’s looks in her latest Instagram post. Focus on things that matter like sharing kindness with the people around you. Beautiful people are kind people.
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