What each person finds beautiful varies widely. But certain things seem to be universal, and sometimes we meet someone and are immediately struck by her looks. However, what actually forms the complete picture of beauty is her personality, the way she carries herself, how she interacts with others, how she dresses and her body language. Probably, the most attractive people you know are not those who you found stunningly beautiful at first sight, but those to whom you were attracted by all their other positive attributes.
Unfortunately, other external factors come into play when we think of beauty, subconsciously dictating our perception. The media is is partly guilty of portraying, and promoting what the beauty standards are, all to serve one purpose: to make us believe that wearing certain clothes, buying certain creams and cosmetics, following certain diets, going to the gym for that perfect body, will make us beautiful, young and irresistible.
However, what all this really instills is self-loathing, insecurity and in some cases—while chasing that ideal self—emotional and financial bankruptcy, from turning to cosmetic surgery or any other expensive anti-aging measures. In Venezuela, banks will give you loans specifically for cosmetic surgery! In the U.S. you can also get credit cards or payment plans solely for this purpose.
Dove got it right in their Dove Campaign for Real Beauty with the slogan: Every girl deserves to feel beautiful just the way she is. It promoted a healthy, realistic body image, and encouraged women to post pictures of themselves online with all their imperfections.
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While we may try to become more beautiful by wearing makeup and dressing a certain way, there is more we can do to enhance our beauty through cultivating those aspects you find beautiful in others. It’s about being brave enough to call forth your self-confidence and allow others to find out who you are, including your flaws. After all, that’s what beautiful people do, and it’s a lot more important than spending hours in front of the mirror.
Here are some of their “beauty” secrets: