What Is Beauty

What Is Beauty?

All in the eye of the beholder you say? Of course. But there are many common traits and features that are universally appealing ... so just what are they? And what do you consider 'beautiful'?

The dictionary defines beauty as: the qualities that give pleasure to the senses. Uh huh, no secret there. Leonardo da Vinci described perfect balance as being the face divided into three equal parts of forehead, middle third and lower third. But Dr Cap Lesene, in his book Confessions of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon says, "Symmetrical faces are boring. Our brains and eye movements are trained not to spend lots of time on forms that are symmetrical: if you mean to catch someone's interest, dress or decorate yourself in a slightly asymmetrical way."

And after all, many people think Marilyn Monroe would be less beautiful if she were to have a more symmetrical face or if she didn't have her moles (and speaking of which, where would Cindy Crawford - one of the first "supermodels" - be without hers!).

So beauty's about pleasure, it's about asymmetry (or symmetry, depending on whose point of view you take) ... there are as many definitions of beauty as there are products on the market. How do you define beauty?

Beauty is a subjective experience, but that doesn't stop the large majority of us seeing Giselle Bundchen or Scarlett Johansson as beautiful. Features that are commonly perceived as beautiful include "glowing", unblemished skin; large "bright" or white eyes; white, even, clean teeth.

Interestingly, Nietzsche suggests beauty is "the highest form of power".

Researchers have found that good looking students get higher grades from their teachers than students with an ordinary appearance, Wikipedia points out. Attractive patients receive more personalised care from their doctors. Studies have even shown that handsome criminals receive lighter sentences than less attractive convicts. How much money a person earns may also be influenced by physical beauty. One study found that people low in physical attractiveness earn 5 to 10 percent less than ordinary looking people, who in turn, earn 3 to 8 percent less than those who are considered good looking.

It's not all about physical attractiveness, though. A person who carries themselves well, knows how to play up their best assets and most importantly, has confidence in who they are can - in my view - be far more attractive than someone who is supposedly aesthetically prettier. For me, confidence is key. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art," (that's where all these fabulous beauty products come in very handy!)

Perhaps it all comes down to the wise words of Miss Piggy, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye."

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