What do people base their perception of beauty on ?

We all know beauty is something different for cultures ,but in general aspects our perception of beauty are based on what ?

Beauty is a judgment we make about our relationship to something. It is subjective, not objective; personal, not universal. It is a name we give to something that satisfies our aesthetic needs and gives us a certain kind of pleasure. It is not only different for each person, it is different according to its specific application: we may find one thing beautiful for its outward appearance, another for what we perceive to be its inner character.

What role does the body have in determining beauty? Well, if you approach this question with such things as body image or taste in mind, it might appear that the material stuff has actually a lot to do with beauty. But, if instead you consider how much aesthetic judgments vary across historical periods, generations, social classes, communities, then you may start believing that the recognition of beauty does not have much to do with the sort of body that incarnates it, but rather with the viewers. Additionally, one may suggest that, in the end, what makes even a body beautiful is not matter, but the properties of the matter.

How image manipulation shifts our perception of beauty

It is probably not a surprise that the majority of photographic images of women we see in media are the result of not only clever make-up and lighting at the photo shoots, but also careful digital computer manipulation, known as “airbrushing”, before being published. The photos we see are so processed that even the women in the images don’t look like that in real life. When you team the airbrushed images with headlines critical of “real” women who don’t match this unrealistic, enhanced image, it’s not difficult to see why girls are aspiring to achieve the fantasy airbrushed look.

The images displayed on the screen are gorgeous girls who are ultra-thin, have perfect hair, perfect make-up, and perfect smiles. These are the girls who always get the super cute guy with bulging muscles, and great personalities. Every teenage girl wishes to be that character on television, and after a while becomes obsessed with trying to be her. They no longer care about their own self-worth and inner beauty, they only care about their outside appearance, and how others see them. This ideal image is dangerous to young teenage girls, and can be the cause of very low self-esteem.
The biggest threat is the Media. It is a leech that sucks you dry until you have absolutely nothing left, and it is the reason so many girls have eating disorders, self-esteem issues, and lack of confidence. We are so brainwashed into thinking that this image is perfect, and is what every girl should strive for. Girls are tricked into thinking this is what they want, “if I could have a body like that actress, I would be happy, and never complain about myself ever again.”
Gossip injures girls the most and can cause girls low self-esteem, where they will believe that everyone thinks of her that way until she will believe those words to be as true as doctrine taught in church. But if a girl gets a compliment, for example: “your hair looks really cute today,” her thinking changes. She won’t believe that person, but it will be nagging her in the back of her mind until she really looks at her hair again; and that’s when she understands that her hair really does look good. After her epiphany, she has a bounce in her step and a brighter countenance that wasn’t there before. This girl gained a little more self-worth all because of one small compliment, the person who gave the compliment also felt happier and better about herself. When you see others for who they really are, you begin to see your true beauty as well.
It is easy to break down others and hard to build ourselves up because we are our greatest critics, where all the bad characteristics we have are magnified. But if you give someone a compliment and focus on only the good in that person, you can see the good in yourself. You have the power to change your attitude about yourself. So why don’t we utilize that power? Because we are afraid. Afraid of what someone might say or do. Afraid that you won’t be accepted. Afraid that even if you do change, no one will recognize your true beauty as you have for yourself. I promise that if you try to make a difference in how you see yourself in the mirror, people will notice; and if you are still talked about by some mean girl, it is because she is jealous that she can’t be you! Be yourself, and don’t be afraid – no one will laugh. If someone laughs, it will be you when you’ve realized how silly you have been for not noticing how special you are.  True beauty is feeling your own worth and not letting that worth get clouded by thoughts of self-doubt. True beauty is found in kindness, humor, wit, and love, not in loathing, fear, shame, or distrust. True beauty is hard to find in a person, so find yours and let it shine.

Know the truth.
Live the truth.
Share the truth.
You are beautiful!

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The Beautiful is ___ is a campaign ran by The Friendly Development Charity and is a response to the growing culture of body dissatisfaction that we see amongst those that we work with and generally amongst children and young people.  
The campaign has 4 clear aims; 

  • Challenge people to value others for more than their outward appearance.
  • Empower people to feel more confident in themselves.
  • Campaign to fashion, beauty and media industries to use images that portray real people.
  • Challenge general perception of beauty.  

Thank you so much for taking me with you on this journey. It`s been an immense honor and privillege to be a part of it.

All images taken at The Junkyard Creative Hairdressing and Photographic Studio

Lights Assistant: Wiesia Bojko.

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