I have struggled the last couple of weeks coming up with the words to put into this post to describe to all of you what my “Perception of Beauty” really was. I jotted down ideas and thoughts, quotes and an overall view of what I wanted to say, but every time I put it down on paper or typed it out, it portrayed something completely different from what I had been trying to get across. Honestly, I didn’t think I would be able to come up with anything and have had difficulty putting my thoughts into words. You see… my perception of Beauty is very different from that of most, to me – I see beauty as a wonder and I see it in Everything. As a Photographer, I have captured many beautiful scenes, memories, moments over the last few years, and growing up in Hawai’i has given me the opportunity to live in Paradise and see landscapes people only dream of. “Beauty at its finest!” But experiencing such, living those moments… doesn’t necessarily mean you see beauty as others do and your perception of beauty could be entirely different. So – let’s start off with what Beauty really means as defined by a Dictionary:
a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, esp. the sight.
So – let’s ask that question once again… What is my perception of beauty? I’ll be honest… I think beauty comes in all forms, all sizes, all colors and all shapes, but to me – Beauty comes from within! Beauty to me means that you not only love yourself but that you are comfortable in the skin you are in. Beauty also means that you embrace the World in all its wonder instead of criticizing it for not being perfect. If there is one thing I learned about the Beauty community or Beauty showcased in a whole, is that there is a romantic notion over making others feel like they are not beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, not everyone thinks or acts this way – but it seems that the Perception of Beauty is that “to each his own” and that you have to look a certain way, act a certain way and treat others a certain way to look or feel beautiful.
Society would like us to think that Beauty is what you see on the covers of magazines – flawless skin, makeup, hair, bodies. When in actuality we are not all cookie cutter shaped Barbies that our World would like us to be. We are all people in a World of PERFECT IMPERFECTIONS that make us unique and individual. Beauty is not about makeup, it’s not about covering up your flaws to make yourself feel beautiful. It is about empowering yourself and those around you to love one another and love being you. It’s about knowing that you are perfect, no matter what the popularity vote may be.
It’s funny that I come and talk to you all about “being comfortable in your own skin” and not needing makeup to feel beautiful when I do makeup tutorials and looks for YouTube and my blog often. But I’ll be honest, I don’t use makeup everyday… in fact, I love a bare face and I’m comfortable leaving my house that way. I don’t care that people will look at me and say… “whoa, she looks different without her face on”, because I love who I am. I usually put on a little mascara (I have super short lashes lol) and maybe some lip balm and I’m out the door. Because to me… Societies definition of Beauty DOES NOT define ME!
I don’t know that this post truly explained what my perception of beauty truly is… but I hope it got my message across. I’m still not sure that the words I put here are what I wanted to convey, but nonetheless – I think I did an okay job. Humanity as a whole needs to know that while there are beautiful men, women and children everywhere… we need to know that we can find beauty in ourselves. It all starts with us, one person at a time. If there is one thing I wish that the Beauty Community that I’m a part of would do, it is to establish that you don’t need to be “flawless” to be beautiful and that bullying others to thinking so or feeling inferior is wrong. But, that’s another post I’ll try to tackle another time.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite Artists as I close this post. Know that YOU are (pardon my french) FRICKEN AMAZING – Just the way you are and “if perfect’s what you’re looking for… then just stay the same” and love yourself. Be comfortable in your skin and know that I love you for you with all my heart, and support you for who you are! EMBRACE & LOVE YOUR PERFECT IMPERFECTIONS! xo Honey