“Mirror, mirror on the wall…”: A Reflection on Beauty Standards

Growing up we were always taught that what’s on the inside is what really matters.  And as Jim Carey said in Liar, Liar “that just may be something that ugly people say to feel better about themselves”.  The reality is though, no matter your preference of physical characteristics there are certain people that hands down we can all say are “beautiful” or at least “attractive”.  You know the Halle and Denzel types :-) And according to an article in the New York Times, the beautiful people of the world, “earn more money, find a higher-earning spouse (and one who looks better, too!) and get better deals on mortgages.” So are we all talk when it comes to our standards of beauty in America?!

The article went on to say, “It’s a matter of simple prejudice. Most of us, regardless of our professed attitudes, prefer as customers to buy from better-looking salespeople, as jurors to listen to better-looking attorneys, as voters to be led by better-looking politicians, as students to learn from better-looking professors.” And thereby making us responsible for the standards of what we deem beautiful.  I’ll be the first to admit; I do think the same way there’s a universal beautiful, there’s a universal ugly, lol. According to the article that would be someone with about 8 out of 10 ugly votes on any given day in any given population. Of course those other 2 votes, prove that “beauty is really in the eye of the beholder” and that ”one person’s trash is another’s treasure”.

Moral of the Story:  Beauty should be based on one’s character, as well as one’s physical assets :-)  What’s on the inside definitely matters, lol, but what’s on the outside is nicer to look at when it’s not an “eyesore”.  In all seriousness, the reality is our character has nothing to do with our physical assets. Because that would also be judging a book by it’s cover. In Kanye’s words, “the prettiest people do the ugliest things”, lol. Being beautiful on the outside is nice, but just as nice is being beautiful on the inside :-) Cause the bottom line like my homegirl Bibi (who originally posted the article on her Facebook page) said , “God don’t like ugly.” xx

Happy “Being Beautiful on the Inside and Outside” Ladies!! :-) xx

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