Beauty and Reality
I am a little bit ashamed at my ability to make someone look so “beautiful,” as in the definition that society has created…
To the left we have a picture of Taylor Swift without makeup on. She looks like an average human being; she has red spots on her skin, blackheads, blemishes, a few hairs out of place, untweezed eyebrows, etc, etc… And on the right side is the exact same photo that I retouched in Adobe Lightroom. Now, notice, she is still “not wearing any makeup” in the photo on the right, but I gave her the appearance as though she did. Imagine what I could have made her look like if she was wearing makeup!
The whole point of me doing this was to show you that the “beauty” we often see on the cover of magazines is simply NOT REAL. So, in a way, the ideal standard of beauty is truly not even obtainable in the world outside of pixels. And honestly, I am not even that “good” of a retoucher. It is simply amazing (and disgusting) what the “professional retouchers” can do to a photo. They do it so well that you can’t even tell that they retouched it, and that is where the danger lies.
And you know what is really sad? The photo on the left is the REAL Taylor Swift and yet, she is more recognizable as what we know her to be on the right. What we correlate Taylor Swift as being in our minds is not even REAL.
SO. For all you ladies who have ever had self-doubt or thought you simply weren’t beautiful (which we all have at some point), then this is what I have to say to you…
STOP using media, celebrities, and models as your frame of reference for beauty!
STOP looking in the mirror and comparing yourself to what you see in magazines!
STOP finding your self-worth in your appearance!
STOP trying to conform to this society-generated idea of what “beauty” is!
START realizing that beauty does not come from outward appearance, but from within (1 Samuel 16:7)
START looking in the mirror and seeing the beautiful human that God created in HIS image! (Genesis 1:27)
START finding your self worth through the eyes of God! (Psalm 139:13-16)
START pursuing inner beauty! Beauty that will never fade and cannot be hidden. (Proverbs 31)