What is Beauty?
It is said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but is true beauty about what others see?
Can beauty simply be defined by age, gender, color and body shape or size? And who gets to decide?
As it is properly defined in the English dictionary, beauty is the quality present in a thing or person that gives intensepleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations such as shape, color or sound.
There are hot-button issues as to how the media and the beauty and fashion worlds depict whole groups of people, why they show them in a particular way or barely notice them at all.
However, there has been a major shift when it comes to diversity in beauty advertising and magazine beauty editorial spreads.
America’s changing definition of beautiful shows that many have their own standard of beauty.
A photographer, editor or casting director is most likely subject to his or her personal preference of what beauty is and suggests it to the public, leading major likes and dislikes in society to shift, as well.
In 1993, Time magazine’s cover story, “The New Face of America,” featuring a computer generated face consisting of a mix of several ethnicities, is considered more in line with what most of people now consider beautiful, according to Allure’s 20th Anniversary Beauty Survey.
“Sixty-four percent of all our respondents think women of mixed race represent the epitome of beauty,” the survey said.
Beauty is ideal as much as it is an idea and people’s idea of beauty is different.
Beauty is a function of culture as well. When ideas about beauty make powerful impacts, they can become beauty ideals.
What is ideal beauty? It is seen everywhere, from paintings, to magazines to television. Ideals change gradually over time, or they can get stuck in a permanent loop.
A lot of what people know about beauty comes from art, both old and new.
Realistic art and media are products of decisions made by artists or media makers.
While these images can give a good idea of what people thought or think is beautiful, the images do not necessarily give a person a good idea of what others really look like.