If I were to be honest, the worldly ideals of beauty are a bit of a moving target. The beauty industry is driven off of a woman’s insecurities to get the look she doesn’t have by nature. We’re conditioned to think “Maybe if I were lighter/darker/curlier/straighter/bigger/smaller, I’d be perfect.” The list goes on with this endless reaching and that really is the deception of “the god of this world” in war against the perfect image God has made his daughters out to be.
We know that in the art world, no two masterpieces are the same or in competition with one another. They’re beautiful because of their unique differences, and that’s what I think of when God created each of us. We were never meant to fit a “type” and beauty was never supposed to be categorized. It was always supposed to be unique according to the qualities and traits you carry and understanding that no one else can be you. That is your beauty.
I think these verses summarize it best:
You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. (Song of Solomon 4:7)
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)
Well, recently, one woman’s body was Photoshopped to fulfill 18 different countries’ perceptions of “beauty” and each photo is almost unrecognizable from the original image. This experiment is a real eye-opener to that moving target of cultural pressures of image among women and how unrealistic these standards are.
Fractl contracted 18 individual freelance designers with these basic instructions:
“Photoshop her form. The idea is to Photoshop and retouch this woman to make her more attractive to the citizens of your country. We are looking to explore how perceptions of beauty change across the world. Multiple designers are involved. You can modify clothing, but her form must be visible. No nudity. All other changes, including those to her shape and form, are up to you.”
What are your thoughts, ladies, and how do YOU define beauty?