What Is Beauty?

What Is Beauty?

Look at 'beauty' through the eyes of 7 women in college representing nations from around the world.

Beauty is a notion that the whole world is fascinated with. We all want to know who is the most beautiful, how to be the most beautiful, and what is the most beautiful. Unfortunately, secular culture has created a very narrow definition of beauty that has severely limited our perspectives on beauty .

To broaden your thoughts and ideas about beauty, we ask 7 college women representing 10 diverse cultures, "What is, or isn't, Beauty?"

Valeriia Kashina - Russia

"For me, there are three concepts of beauty that exist separately: first, the beauty of physical appearance; second, the beauty of the soul and mind; and third, the beauty of creation and its complexity. For example, I can first look at someone and determine whether or not I find them physical attractive. However, it is only after spending time talking to them that I can begin to see the beauty of their mind and soul, which should consist mainly of purity, kindness, bravery, warm-heartedness, and sincerety. This is beauty for me. But sometimes, I happen to see the beauty of creation in general, which does not deal with physical or even inner beauty. It is more of the realization how much work has been put into human beings, and this idea amazes me and allows me to different angles of beauty in all living creatures."

Caroline Nazir - Egypt

"It's a hard question, and I feel like there are many meanings. But for the most part, beauty is what looks different, because not everything can look beautiful. But there are things that you just see and say, WOW. I can say that, 'This is a beautiful person, or, that's a beautiful house!' and the only thing in common is that they are different. So, not being beautiful is not being different or being the same as anything else."

DeSaree' Scobey - Spain

"Beauty is something that the eyes can't see and is within us all. Some people have told me that I am beautiful because of my heritage. But what does that mean? I want people to appreciate the beauty of culture simply because all culture is different and unique, and God made it that way. Beauty is not something that can be bought in stores. It is something that you say you have humbly because of what you carry within. When you do that, people will also be able to see it."

Makeda Rose - Jamaica

"In a society where 'beauty' is separate from 'ethnic,' it is refreshing to see that people appreciate the original beauty that in many cases is taken apart, piece by piece, to create a fake, plastic image of today's false idols."

Jinnie Choi - Korea

"Beauty is not seen through the naked eye, but is seen through heavens eye. It is one's character and personality, not the defining of one's image. I believe beauty is seen in the weakness of each person and seen through the person's actions in their brokenness. It is the combination of the heart and the discipline of the mind and the humility of the person."

Angela Pachanian - Armenia

"Sometimes it is hard fully believing that one is beautiful when they are bombarded with fake standards from outside sources. It is a struggle at times, especially as a woman, to be constantly compared to artificial interpretations of beauty and still remaining confident. Beauty is about individuality, being unique— the way you were born and embracing it. It might sound cliché but the truth cannot be denied, beauty comes from within. Your beliefs, personality, and character shape your beauty. Inner beauty fills the air with positivity that can be so infectious making an uplifting difference in those around you. Inner beauty always radiates beyond false standards of "outer" beauty. What is "outer" beauty? Honestly, no one should have the right in defining how all should look when we are all uniquely and purposely created to fulfill a specific mission for the overall good. Beauty is not anything that is a harm or a threat to the well-being of oneself or another."

Jasmine Kolano (author) - Singapore, Poland

"Beauty isn't something you're given, it's something you cultivate. I believe that a person who is truly beautiful has cultivated the ability to see the beauty in others. If someone is outwardly beautiful, but so self-consumed they fail to see value in other people and to cultivate their talents to help others, then what is the point? If they do not add beauty to society with their words and actions, nor encourage and inspire people who are down and out, then their 'beauty' has gone to waste. Everyone should know that they are beautiful in their own, God-given way, and it is an asset that is utilized for the greater good. Genuine beauty starts with loving God and loving people and loving life. Then it becomes about being passionate about what you do and using that to create better lives for other people. When you live a beautiful life, you shine. You immediately become different from everyone else. I think we should all seek to be beautiful people. "

Cover Image Credit: Photos Courtesy of: DeMaree Scobey

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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