Our current culture is clouded with a faulty representation of beauty. Why is that? The reason for this illusion we have unintentionally, perhaps, formed in our way of thinking is because wherever we look we see glorifications of idealized bodies. Take a short walk in the city or open a celebrity gossip magazine and you will find perfect beach bodies advertised and flawless faces promoting fragrances. All these, and much more, create an illusion in our minds that we need to look this way in order to be defined as “beautiful.” The reality, however, is that there is no real way to identify beauty or the word beautiful. If you don’t have an hourglass figure or a flawless face it doesn’t mean you are not beautiful.
These companies, magazines, and social media outlets want you to think you need a certain product to look a certain way to fit in with the definition of beauty, but who says that this is right? Everyone is different. So why should the word beautiful be standardized? It shouldn’t. Everyone is unique, has a different look, a different body, and different imperfections. No one person is perfect Thus, everyone is beautiful in their own way, there is no way to standardize the way this word is used or who it is applied to. In fact, most of these advertisements and social media posts are somehow altered to represent a type of idealized form that doesn’t actually exist, because no one, not even a Victoria's Secret model, is perfect. Be the best you that you can be, exercise, eat healthy, think positive, and create your own individual beauty.