You know the saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”?
While fundamentally profound and positive in meaning, when you pick it apart, it can suddenly dampen the mood.
Beauty may, indeed, be in the eye of the beholder, but the majority of today’s beholders are influenced by societal standards, taught to think beauty takes only one form. For decades, new waves of media have changed what we perceive as beautiful. One minute it’s very thin, the next very strong. Dark skin or light skin, curly hair or straight hair, lots of makeup or no makeup, this fashion over that fashion… it’s difficult to keep up, and that’s why you shouldn’t.
Beauty may be a preference, but there are so many layers holding us back from seeing REAL beauty.
And then there is the idea of how culture plays a part. Culture is its own beast, for better or for worse, and it often defines how we see beauty. From country to country, different standards determine what we find beautiful. With this in mind, Blaine, a producer from Cut, traveled around the world asking people to define beauty.
Here are some of the answers to Blaine asking, “When I say ‘beauty,’ what’s the first word that comes to mind?”