Beauty...Skin Deep?

@diutay (1315)
Philippines
August 12, 2008 12:44pm CST
Beauty is only skin deep. One very intriguing line. But who really is the authority when it comes to beauty? What is beauty? When is a person considered beautiful? Does it have something to do with flawless skin or is it more than that? What is your concept of beauty? Do you consider yourself beautiful?
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@cbreeze (1207)
• United States
12 Aug 08
Good question, I think we have a tendency to allow the media set the standard on what is beautiful. Then the whole world tries to conform to it. But not all of us can. Then sometimes you will (or at least I do) look at a man or a woman who you don't consider attractive at all but they have a husband/wife or partner who truely adores them. For me, it makes me realize that what is true is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So even if I don't find someone attractive, my opinion really doesn't matter. Sometimes beauty to me is aesthetic and other times it has much more to do with a persons inner self. The physical aspect of beauty is only temporary. It can change with time or accident. Sometimes I think I'm beautiful; other times, I am my worst critic.
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@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Media is a very powerful tool in setting up standards which oftentimes are unrealistic. It has the point that some would literally starve themselves just to conform to want media has touted as ideal. Thanks.
@laura83 (22)
• Lebanon
12 Aug 08
I agree with the statement that beauty is skin deep but this doesn't mean that outer appearances aren't important. If your outer appearance is beautiful this adds to you internal beauty of your character and personality. It is true that if someone is beautiful but has got a very repulsive personality, this will serve as an obstacle that sort of blocks her/his outer beauty. Beauty of the soul and body both complement each other and are both important in today's world.
@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Some people are more confident when they look good and it translates to a more pleasing personality.
• United States
12 Aug 08
My mother always taught me that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. No matter the skin color or their features or their hair color. People are beautiful no matter what they appear to be on the outside. I know at times that I am a beautiful person but also at times I can be a very ugly person. Anyone who thinks that beauty is only skin deep(not saying you are one of them)it is my opinion that they are vein,self centered,and ignorant. Not everyone has the perfect hair or skin or well,anything. But there is beauty in everyone.It is in their thoughts,their good deeds,their selflessness. That is my opinion.
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@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Well said. Inner beauty radiates and is much more enduring.
• India
12 Aug 08
beauty lies in the eye of beholder... everybody has a very different opinion on what beauty is.. some feel its just flawless skin while others feel it is healthy skin and for others it is fair skin. i personally feel a person is beautiful when he or she has a healthy skin.
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@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Glowing skin is surely attractive. Thanks
• Philippines
12 Aug 08
Beauty right now in today's standards is more of a society's view... We were raised under the influence that skinny people in magazines are SEXY. That people with incredibly blond hair and sparkling blue eyes are BEAUTIFUL. This a concept in society that i slowly being changed but since this is what we grew up with it is hard to erase it from your mind. However beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. We have latinas(JLO,salma hayek, Penelope cruz), ebonies(halle berry, tyra banks, beyonce), and asian(Lea Salonga, Lucy Liu,) women who are beautiful. We have thick people who can show that they are sexy(Queen latifah for example is a very sexy thick lady). for me I think that a person can be beautiful if she can be confident in herself and believe that she is beautiful no matter what other people say... Bcause once she has confidence in herself then she can present herself to anybody with her head held high and say... "I'm gorgeous and there's nothing you can do about it"... lolz
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• Philippines
13 Aug 08
lolz thanks hornetlover, I've matured a lot and seen things better after our last convo... hehe Peace... xp
@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
I definitely agree. Media's concept of what is beautiful has driven some to extreme actions but as we become more comfortable and secure with what we were endowed with, we begin to appreciate and accept ourselves.
• Philippines
21 Aug 08
Thanks diutay, it has a large influence on us.. but hey slow as it may seem more and more people realize that this has a negative effect on people and they atre trying to change it... hopefully someday it won't be that way... x)
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
12 Aug 08
Beauty is not all physical aspect of a person. It also involves the inner personality of the bearer.
• United States
13 Aug 08
So True! :)
@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Even if you have crooked teeth and scars on your face but if you have a kind heart, then you are even more beautiful that those who flawless skin.
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
14 Aug 08
As far as I am concerned, beauty is determined by far more than physical appearance alone. I have come across many people that would be classed as beautiful in a physical sense yet their personality and attitude immediately renders them very unattractive! Beauty definitely does come from within and is expressed by who we are inside just as much as how we look outside. And no I do not consider myself beautiful! (Or handsome I guess seeing as I am a male). But I do consider myself to be a good person.
@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
15 Aug 08
And being a good person makes you beautiful in the way which matters most.
@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
12 Aug 08
Beauty is an accumulation of nice qualities and that can be physical or mental. Some people are only physically beautiful while others have no physical beauty but possess an accumulation of good qualities that makes others very appreciative of them. Hence the expression, beauty is only skin deep.
@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
These good qualities are more enduring.
@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
12 Aug 08
I agree that beauty is only skin deep. It just means that beauty is in the eye of the beholder in my opinion. There are many different ideas of beautiful to many people. Some people view others in another way then someone else might. I don't think that I am beautiful but my husband must see something in me, because he says that I am. Beauty can have all kinds of definitions. I think it can be about one's attitude toward life and a person's personality traits. No one can be totally flawless or perfect.
@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Each of us have our own concept of what is beautiful and these are based on many factors such as culture, etc. but if one has inner peace then a beautiful aura is projected.
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Very nice discussion Apparently the only thing I could say is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you feel beautiful then you are you shouldn't care about what other say because for me feeling good makes you look good
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• United States
13 Aug 08
Well said, I have to agree here too. :)
@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Truly confident and beautiful too.
@hbailla (32)
• Morocco
13 Aug 08
peace be upon you first of all this is a good topic to discuss , every one has his different concept of beauty , so we can't be ok about a single form of beauty , but no one can deny the fact that a person with good morals and behaviors is the most beautiful . thanks for this topic
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@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
14 Aug 08
Short and simple but profound.
• United States
13 Aug 08
Beauty to me would be a good personality. Sometimes you could have the most beautiful person on the outside and yet when they speak nothing comes out but ugly things and this ruins thier whole persona because now they've become the exact opposite beautiful. Beauty also is when good things just come naturally, they don't have try to be a good person because it just comes natural. That's my idea of beauty.
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@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
I know what you mean and I definitely agree.
• Indonesia
13 Aug 08
No one has the authority about beauty.. Everyone has their perception about beauty.. My concept are.. ..Beautiful Heart ..Beautiful Mind After you have that two things,,you will look Beautiful ^_^
@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
I like how you say it...
• India
12 Aug 08
Hi diutay, you are, i think, partially correct. But beauty is a combination of both mental(inner) and physical(outer). Putting emphasis on one of those, i think, not shows a complete picture. And concept of beauty differs from person to person. So, relax and think what attracts you and accordingly behave. If to you, physical beauty is all important, it's fine, go ahead and take care of physical beauty but don't ignore your inner beauty too and vice versa.
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@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Achieving a sense of balance is something that we should work on
12 Aug 08
Hi diutay, When they say beauty is only skin deep is that person is beautyful only in looks but has very bad personalty and when a person has nice personalty they may not be beutyful on the out side, to me if you have lovely personalty you are beautyful inside and outside. Tamara
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@diutay (1315)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Yes, I agree. I've seen people who may have porcelain skin and classic features but are full of spite thus are repulsive. Meanwhile, there are also some who have very common features but have a very pleasing and charming aura.