Beauty is an association of ideas: for someone is like looking its figure in front of a mirror, with a slim and athletic body, as the models that we use to see on the cover of fashion magazines. For someone else beauty is represented by perfect curves where they count, and even more, for other people it’s to have a smooth skin and defined cheekbones.
In any case these stereotypes are dictated by the current society that shapes, not only the bodies, but also our minds. And for this, we can say that beauty is a product of the society, packaged and ready-to-use.
Even when we want us getting pretty to feel good with ourselves, we know that, in most cases, we are lying. Everybody of us loves when someone pays us a compliment about our aspect or when everyone’s eyes are on us. After all, in a certain sense, we are all like Narcissus, obsessed by our reflection, desperately in love and attached to our bodily form.
“OUR SQUALID SOCIETY RUSHED, NARCISSUS TO A MAN, TO GAZE ON ITS TRIVIAL IMAGE ON A SCRAP OF METAL”
– Charles Baudelaire
The mirror become our murder weapon, with it we kill our soul to focus only on our physical appearance. What is inside our heart, humility, kindness is not anymore popular in the world in which we are living in. We have been outclassed to lower creature, composed by just an outer shell that must be perfect and impeccable.
The society has changed us, and made us slaves of ourselves, it weakened us. The society plays with our insecurities that comes out from the false perception of beauty imposed by media. But we mustn’t allow ourselves to be deceived or manipulated: the beauty of a body that we see on advertising campaigns is not true, it is mostly known as Photoshop.
We have to remember that beauty is not just perfection, it is not at all. Beauty is what makes us unique and different from each other.
What a boring world could be ours if we were all alike, mannequins and not human begins. If we were living in a world where men and women were all similar with same body shapes, measures and mentality. It would be as living in “Seaheaven” the city of “the Truman show”, where everything that surrounds us become artificial and aseptic.
But we have to open our eyes, not just to admire our figure reflected on the mirror, but especially to understand that everyone of us is beautiful in its own way, all we need is a little bit of self-love to become, then, the most beautiful creature in the world.
“BEAUTY BEGINS THE MOMENT YOU DECIDE TO BE YOURSELF”
– Coco Chanel