|'woman's portrait'. © 2007, manu diana. - CC|
Some time ago, I posted a list of life questions, and one of them dealt with beauty. A few of the comments struck a chord with me and made me think about how we define 'beauty', and 'being beautiful'.
I find myself surrounded by beautiful people, yet if you would ask most of them if they consider themselves beautiful, they would say no. Too often we confuse beauty with other ideas like 'young', 'skinny', 'curvy', 'desirable', 'wearing make-up', 'dressed up', etc.
Somehow, along the way, we have come to accept this new, narrow definition of beauty. We've even invented phrases like 'being beautiful on the inside', with an unspoken 'instead' underneath.
Yet languages are living entities. The meaning of words evolves over time to suit people's needs. Our needs.
|'Portrait of Villager, Jongkhar'. |
© 2009, RadioFreeBarton. - CC
Let us reinvent that powerful and uplifting word to suit the needs of real women, of all ages, shapes and colour.
I believe we can give a nudge in the right direction by stopping to play ourselves down and presenting a wider variety of images to the world, showing a richer, more diverse and much more interesting interpretation of 'beauty'.
After all, we are a diverse species, and that's a wonderful thing. What a shame it would be if we and the generations to come would lose the ability to see that.
To illustrate my point, here are a few more photographs of absolutely fabulous, beautiful women:
|'mummy'. © 2009, modenaroid. - CC|
|'Lena, informal portrait, part 2'. © 2007, Max Khokhlov. - CC|
|'A beautiful old lady'. © 2007, Pedro Ribeiro Simões. - CC|
|'Alegría'. © 2009, Aprendiz de Amélie. - CC|
|'Talisman Singer'. © 2009, Elliot Margolies. - CC|
|'Knowing Smile'. © 2006, Meena Kadri. - CC|
|'my beautiful wife'. © 2007, Gregory Perez. - CC|
|'Artist Rosey Edgar'. © 2008, Michelle Richmond. - CC|
|'Future Doctor'. © 2005, Charlie O'Shields. - CC|
|'Yadi'. © 2007, Melissa Segal. - CC|
|'Margaret'. © 2009, Richard. - CC|
|'Portrait'. © 2007, R Sears. - CC|
|'Untitled Portrait #2'. © 2008, Roger Moffatt. - CC|
|'indian old days beautiful woman'. © 2008, LatinaPower2009. - CC|
|'Ginger and green'. © 2011, ben raynal. - CC|
|'Sometimes Monika says that she doesn't feel very pretty'. © 2009, Christopher Walker. - CC|
|'Erin'. © 2005, Caitlin Burke. - CC|
|'How to Conquer Europe with one smile'. © 2009, Eddy van 3000. - CC|
|'Portrait'. © 2008, spaceodissey. - CC|
|'Eyesight In Distance (9FH)'. © 2009, Andy Leddy. - CC|
|'She is my love'. © 2008, Luigi Anzivino. - CC|
|'Mum!'. © 2004, Charles Roffey. - CC|
|'Awa summer'. © 2006, Nicolas Rivet. - CC|
|'Juste moi !'. © 2007, Jessie Romaneix. - CC|
Who is the most beautiful person you know, besides yourself?