Dilemma 29 – The Universal Standard of Beauty

 

All around the world, brown girls are discriminated against based on the color of their skin. Preferential treatment of lighter skin hues over darker hues occurs within racial and ethnic groups as well as between them. The practice of inequity, colorism (Pigmentocrcy or shadeism) privileges lighter-skinned women and men over their dark-skinned counterparts. This results in the skin lightening epidemic, self-hatred, low self-esteem and exposes how the media lifts the Caucasian woman since the beginning of white supremacy have been praised to lofty heights as the universal standard of beauty. Women around the world have been bombarded with so many different requirements of attractiveness. To be thin, but healthy; to have a flat stomach, but have ample breasts and a more prominent rear end. And sorrowfully, to achieve the standard of perfection these women have increasingly been turning to plastic surgery, cosmetics, eating disorders, and self-mutation to fit this beauty standard the beguiling attraction of it and social imperatives that surround it.
The quandary of a woman who does not possess any kind of beauty. This world is superficial where your validation is men drooling at you while walking down the street. What about the woman that nobody sees you know the one that is ignored by men? Society places so much pressure to be attractive and the procedures in which women pull out all the stops to modify their appearance by any means necessary. This society will train you in your way to think of a particular beauty standard even upon deeper reflection it will be imposed through universal thinking what our perceptions of beauty should be, its trains your mind directly or indirectly, through the power of subjection and propaganda their way of seeing and of appreciating beauty – The Beauty Ideal – embedded into our brains every second of the day through television, commercials, and the media. For a female – being beautiful is more desired than intelligence, 90% of people that were interviewed agreed. Women are the archetypes of beauty around the world, they are more likely to be judged solely on their aesthetic beauty, which makes them more susceptible to judgment good or bad on their beauty alone. Men, however, are the judge on appearance but more so through other measures like their status and wealth.

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I don’t think that a mathematical equation or symmetry dictates the essence of beauty. At the end of the day, beauty is merely an opinion of the person that beholds it, adores it, or analyzes it. True beauty is not derived by explaining physical anatomy, lips, eyes or skin color but by being obedient to the one that created you. A woman of virtue is highly prized. I have discovered that no matter how many people say I am beautiful, one the prettiest they have seen or I am a visual phenomenon there still will be those that don’t share that opinion. The way we love ourselves can’t be based on the opinions of others but on the one that has the power to place us in heaven or hell. The opinions of men and women will change with time, situation or what you look like from day to day.

Light eyes… Big lips… small lips…small eyes…big nose… little nose…full cheeks… longneck… Light skin… dark eyes…dark skin…blonde hair… blue eyes…slim waist. Pretty face… white woman… black women… short hair… long hair… dark hair… What is the Universal Standard of Beauty?

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A conversation between two women:

White woman:

We are the universal standard because we’re prettier with light skin and straight hair we have been declared the ideal of beauty (Perception)

Black woman:

Absolutely untrue! On average, over 60% of white women are tanning their skin, injecting your lips to make them fuller, and having surgery to enhance their gluteus maximus. These enhancements are what black women are naturally endowed with. (Reality) The power that some white people have is that they create and spread lies that imply the myth of their superiority, learning the truth empowers you from the demoralizing effect of their lies. This is the truth that will set your free while breaking the strongholds in your thought process of what you have been conditioned to believe. There are undoubtedly beautiful women in every nation around the world. It is a fallacy to think that white women are the archetype of beauty.

The construct and narrative of the universal standard of beauty established by the media:

1. Blonde long straight hair
2. Light eyes
3. Skinny body
4. Long legs
5. Long straight nose
The mainstream beauty ideal “The Universal Standard of Beauty” is singularly white, making it all the more unattainable for women of color. While colonialism and White Supremacy are to blame, this theory places a blonde white woman at the top of the hierarchy of beauty. What does this mean for black women?

This Eurocentric standard of beauty dictates to young black girls or any woman of color that they don’t measure up or not good enough. We can assume that this is an attack on the brown girl. An attack on their psyche, this starts as a child. As a young girl watches hours upon hours of television, instead of spending time with her mother. The woman that could teach her the value of her skin and hair. Instead, the young women of today are lost in trying to conform to such a theory of beauty, that really doesn’t matter. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked female.” – Erin McKean

There is a universal standard of beauty regardless of race, age, sex, and other variables but it is all exclusive to the Nordic, Aryan, or by today’s standards the white woman. Pragmatically logical thinkers, all know that the notion that white women are the archetype of beauty is unbelievable. No doubt, every nation has beautiful women. It is true that beautiful faces across the board of any race that has ideal facial proportion are beautiful. Ideal proportion is directly related to the divine proportion, and that proportion is 1 to 1.618. All living organisms, including humans, are genetically encoded to develop to this proportion because there are extreme esthetic and physiologic benefits. The vast majority of us are not perfectly proportioned because of environmental factors. Establishment of a universal standard for beauty will significantly simplify the diagnosis and treatment of facial disharmonies and abnormalities. More important, treating to this standard will maximize facial esthetics. Our face allows us to convey our every thought and feeling with those around us in a nearly instantaneous manner. Without our face, we would be stuck in an emotionless and depressing self-existence devoid of a primary vehicle of communication. Our eyes subsequently, convey our deep emotions or lack thereof. As social beings, it is in our very nature to share our expressions with the outside world. It is likewise in our nature to subconsciously judge each face, assigning certain traits to particular facial characteristics. One of the most important characteristics that we judge is “beauty”. Interestingly, there is an unusually consistent agreement of what is considered “beautiful” amongst different cultures, but only when we are referring to the face rather than the body, a topic that will be explored herein. These preferences span borders, cultures, and generations, meaning yes, there really are universal standards of beauty. And while Western women do struggle to be slim, the truth is, women in all cultures eat (or don’t) to appeal to “the male gaze.” The body size that’s idealized in a particular culture appears to correspond to the availability of food and lack of exercise. In cultures like ours, where you can’t go five miles without passing a fast food restaurant which features large amounts of sugars and fat which contribute to excess body fat and poor health. Genetically, thinner women are in. You’re completely ignoring obvious differences in concepts of “beauty” among different societies and different periods of history. There are societies where women with necks swollen by goiters are “beautiful.” There are societies where women with lips stretched far out by years of wearing metal plates in their mouths are “beautiful.” There are still some old women alive in China today who grew up in a society where deliberately deformed feet (from “footbinding”) were considered beautiful. None of those attributes is considered beautiful in the western world. There are quite a few apparently problems with the assumptions and definitions of beauty, to say that it “scientifically proves” that the world’s totally overblown theory, is that the white woman is genetically superior to all women. This is an exaggerated statement where objective historical evidence shows that not factual. Beauty = health (both physical and mental); or it is an indicator of health if it floats your boat or butters your muffin. I know in the black community, being heavy is more expectable than the other racial groups. White people are more attractive to skinny bodies. Which is why it is supposed to be objective, because humans (and animals for that matter) are genetically programmed to be attracted to healthy individuals. It’d be stupid to fight and/or blame the Most High for creating us this way. However, objectively recognizing/admitting someone’s beauty and being attracted to a specific person (real person, not a celebrity) are in fact different things. Roughly speaking we’re not only attracted to health in general but specific genetic characteristics which we might lack, too. So, the core of a beauty concept is objective (even though people don’t realize it), but its shell is subjective, indeed in the eyes of the beholder. Finally, we humans differ from animals in many ways; and one of them is that we sometimes “deviate”, we break the Nature’s laws and allow perverted/distorted standards ruin our perception of many things, including beauty. Heavy makeup, emulations, plastic surgeries, hormonal supplements, fake hair, fake body parts, unnaturally excessive physical activity, binging, purging, and materialism. All these things, in fact, mislead us and our perceptions. This must be taken into consideration every time one sees a “Barbie doll.”

In all judgments by which we describe anything as beautiful, we allow no one to be of another opinion.” ― Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment

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Let me tell you something – being thought of as a beautiful woman has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless and it is always transitory. — Halle Berry

When you think of beauty, naturally Halle Berry comes to mind, with her beautiful bone structure, flawless skin, and sparkling dark eyes. Women around the world have been bombarded with so many different requirements of attractiveness. We should be thin, but healthy; they should have a flat stomach but have ample breasts and a more prominent rear end. And sorrowfully, to achieve the standard of perfection these women have increasingly been turning to plastic surgery, cosmetics, eating disorders, and self-mutation to fit this beauty standard the beguiling attraction of it and social imperatives that surround it. The quandary of a woman who does not possess any kind of beauty. In this superficial world where your validation is men drooling at you while walking down the street. What about “the woman that nobody sees” you know the one that is ignored by men? Society places so much pressure to be attractive and the procedures in which women pull out all the stops to modify our appearance by any means necessary. This society will train you in your way to think of a particular beauty standard even upon deeper reflection it will be imposed through universal thinking what our perceptions of beauty should be. This concept trains your mind directly or indirectly, through the power of subjection and propaganda. This way of seeing and of appreciating beauty – The Beauty Ideal – embedded into our brains every second of the day through television, commercials, and the media. Women are the archetypes of beauty around the world, they are more likely to be judged solely on their aesthetic beauty, which makes them more susceptible to judgment good or bad on their beauty alone. Men, however, are a judge on appearance but more so through other measures like their status and wealth. Nancy Etcoff, states in her book “Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty” that, “Beauty ensnares hearts, captures minds, and stirs up emotional wildfires.” Beauty is definitely apart of the genetic makeup of the aesthetics culturally and universal. With all the madness and craze over what one looks like, it is safe to say that it is definitely in the eyes of the beholder. Subjective and Objective.

This quote from the publisher of the book Survival of the prettiest summarizes the reality of beauty quite succinctly: “Nancy Etcoff, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a practicing psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, puts forth that beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of the fashion industry, nor a backlash against feminism—it is in our biology. It’s an essential and ineradicable part of human nature that is revered and ferociously pursued in nearly every civilization and for good reason. Those features to which we are most attracted are often signals of fertility and fecundity.

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Physical beauty is amazing With the fervor of a gazelle, we stroll Without a concern for the world Our faces are prettier than a sunrise Drawing those glances our way With those around us silent in awe the crowd drink thirstily of our physical beauty. We know where our beauty originated from It is something that we were born with not something contrived.

Many capitalize on being genetically gifted because everyone desires beauty. To gaze at beauty is mind-numbing. Beautiful people are the recipients of the privilege – the beauty privilege. Beautiful people in their lifetime will get better jobs, better treatment, make more money, endless marriage proposals, and endless perks. On the other side, they experience hate, jealousy, and envy. Is it their fault? That all depends are they making fun of others that lack physical beauty?

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Most of us know there are huge dividends when you are good looking, after all, society spends endless hours plus billions of dollars on beauty salons, on cosmetics, and costly plastic surgery all to alter your personal appearance. But are good looking people have that certain to puts them above the rest? Based on reality, yes most certain they are highly favored in society. The award for being beautiful is anything but superficial it can really change your life.

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Good looking people are associated with being good and intelligence, in some cases, yes but in my experience, the less attractive people have higher IQ and are very intellectually stimulating, trust me it goes both ways. Beautiful people are perceived as honest, sociable, and good. In some cases that is the truth but there are also self-centered – ego tactical good looking people as well. There are always exceptions to any rule.

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Even when I see a beautiful woman, I think, ‘Aw, her life must be amazing.’ Everyone does it. That’s human nature to believe that beauty is everything — Marina and the Diamonds
The mainstream beauty ideal “The most beautiful girl in the world” is singularly of the caucasian/nordic/white groups of people, making it all the more unattainable for young girls of color. While colonialism and White Supremacy are to blame, this theory places blonde white girls at the top of the hierarchy of beauty. What does this mean for black young girls? This Eurocentric standard of beauty dictates to young black girls, that they don’t measure up or not good enough. We can assume that this is an attack on the brown girl. An attack on their psyche, this starts as a child. As a young girl watches hours upon hours of television, instead of spending time with her mother. The woman that could teach her the value of her skin color and hair texture. Instead, the young women of today are lost in trying to conform to such a theory of beauty, that really doesn’t matter. I came across a post where this beautiful Nigerian girl was dubbed “The Most Beautiful” I thought finally “Dark Brown Beauty” is getting a long-awaited stamp of approval but unfortunately judging by the reception on several media outlets the backlash through the comment sections were trying to discredit this claim. Not only was it people from the Nordic/Aryan race (we know as white people) but there were black people as well shouting their disapproval. This only happens when a black person is called the most beautiful. Sadly, black women are frowned upon in terms of personal beauty. I know this stems from slavery; the conditioning and brainwashing past down from generation to generation. The very words of our slave masters haunt the minds and psyche of the black race. What are they hiding why such an attack, Learn your history boys and girls, it goes way back before the slave ships and the captivity around the world. Beauty is subjective, in the eye of the beholder and no child should grow up rejecting his or her own beauty. How can we create a society that looks beyond skin color and accepts the personal beauty of each individual?

Meet the 5-year-old Nigerian beauty, Jare Ijalana, the most beautiful girl in the world. She is definitely a babydoll and well deserving of the title.

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Jare’s personal beauty replaces the theory, while breaking the stereotype of a eurocentric kind of beauty and replaces it with a beautiful dark brown face mirroring the new image of what is truly beautiful.
Anastasia Knyazeva (L) and Thylane Blondeau (R)
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Nordic beauties Anastasia and Thylane both in previous years dubbed, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” with no backlash what so ever. One manifestation of white supremacy is the use of whiteness as the standard of beauty. When whiteness (pale skin) is considered superior, white people are considered more attractive by definition and ifs the appearance of people of other races deviates from that standard, they are considered ugly. Lisa Wade Ph.D., “When whiteness is the standard of beauty” article on societypages.org

Type A Amber Heard (Top L)Angelina Jolie (Top R) Brooke Shields (Bottom L) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ( Bottom R) – They are beautiful women and have all topped internet polls declaring them ‘the most beautiful woman in the world.’ What they all have in common are their Nordic-European facial features.

Amber (the most beautiful face according to science), Angelina, Brooke, and Aishwarya have been cited as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” What do they have in common they have very Nordic facial features. Although Aishwarya is Indian, her facial features and skin color, with the exception of her nose are very Nordic. When the white European male sets the standards the world follows, this doesn’t make it true but creates an illusion. To speak of a reality where light skin, light eyes, and tall slender bodies are presented as the benchmarks of European dogma a spectacle of breathtaking provincialism – “The universal standard of beauty“ It universalizes the concept of whiteness to epitomize beauty around the world. It suggests, perversely, and seriously, dictates what is beautiful and what is not.

Type B Cicely Tyson (Top L) Halle Berry (Top R) Vanessa Williams (Bottom L) Jayne Kennedy Overton (Bottom R) – This gorgeous woman of color have received a level of notoriety because of their good looks but not to the point of “Type A” group above.

“Women of Color” around the world – Suffering from low self-esteem brought on by colonization, slavery, and the media. Some aspire to look more white. Through the globalization of media, advertisements, magazines, and movies have trended toward a standard of beauty, whereby we are all encouraged to appear tall, thin, fair skin and our face should resemble that of the Europeans the fair-skinned Europeans that is. The image of the beautiful Caucasian woman with the blonde hair and blue eyes has become the world standard in terms of what is perceived as beauty but I will go a step further and say all white women have become the norm all around the world that looks is highly coveted or is it the media that has everyone hoodwinked by power of suggestion? Propaganda? The women around the world covet the straight hair and light skin through colonization to make a certain group of people full less than human. The world has actually been whitewashed with the alliance of lightness with desirability and beauty in women. The western-dominated culture and media have played in the propagation of the idyllic of light skin globally as perfection. The society that we live in my never changes so we must look for our validation elsewhere with our creator. As far as the earth has been here, they have been many forms of spectacular beauty. The woman has been symbolic of beauty stereotypes founded by ancient and present history. Today there is a valid argument of who the most beautiful woman is on earth. Certain news programs and people have tagged many caucasian celebrities (or ones that closely mimic they look) as the most beautiful, and internet polls can only go so far in there depiction of the perfect woman. Colonization is to be held responsible through concurring the world, they changed the perception of beauty into their women and their style through the power of persuasion, you say something for so long it becomes the truth the standard throughout the world and with the brainwashing for the media outlets they dictate who you should perceive as the standard of beauty. Women and Men are beautiful the world over no matter the skin tone. There is NO one standard of beauty, the world is full of unique people from every nationality, it is our differences that make us unique and beautiful from the palest Caucasian to the darkest African and in between. “The Pedestal” mentality and The Porcelain Doll” effect. A child is conditioned to accept everything that is put before them, there is a conditioning process that stimulates the thought processed before puberty subliminal messages programmed into the brain in terms of what is beauty what is expectable and what is not. Through media and magazines, this has been made possible to dictate to the masses what the standard of beauty is, before television, it was revealed through colonization. If something is constantly subjected or put before you then you will adopt it as your own and that becomes your reality and belief.

Nearly all black and brown skins are beautiful, but a beautiful white skin is rare. Where dark complexions are massed, they make the whites look bleached-out, unwholesome, and sometimes frankly ghastly. I could notice this as a boy, down South in the slavery days before the war. The splendid black satin skin of the South African Zulus of Durban seemed to me to come very close to perfection. The white man’s complexion makes no concealments. It can’t. It seemed to have been designed as a catch-all for everything that can damage it. Ladies have to paint it, and powder it, and cosmetic it, and diet it with arsenic, and enamel it, and be always enticing it, and persuading it, and pestering it, and fussing at it, to make it beautiful; and they do not succeed. But these efforts show what they think of the natural complexion, as distributed. As distributed it needs these helps. The complexion which they try to counterfeit is one which nature restricts to the few–to the very few. To ninety-nine persons, she gives a bad complexion, to the hundredth a good one. The hundredth can keep it–how long? Ten years, perhaps. The advantage is with the Zulu, I think. He starts with a beautiful complexion, and it will last him through. And as for the Indian brown–firm, smooth, blemishless, pleasant, and restful to the eye, afraid of no color, harmonizing with all colors and adding a grace to them all–I think there is no sort of chance for the average white complexion against that rich and perfect tint. — Mark Twain, Skin Deep – Complexions
The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness. — Marcus Garvey
“Dipped in chocolate, bronzed in elegance, enameled with grace, toasted with beauty. My lord, she’s a black woman.” –Yosef A.A. Ben-Jochannan
Why black women are considered ugly and less than human?
Racism is truly the largest “Elephant in the room” the progenitor of hatred and slavery. It is the grandfather of  Colorism, The Apex of a belief system that one race is superior to the rest: animosity toward other races: a profound prejudice against black people or other ethnic groups based on color. Its core belief that people of different races have different qualities and abilities, and that some races are inherently superior or inferior to the other races. Slavery in America was the biggest catalyst for this kind of hate. Thus, we are programmed into the valid rules of attraction, in what we may choose or are compelled to choose, in what is beautiful and good and what is not. For over 400 years, black people have been programmed to believe that they are less than human. When indeed, our melanin is superior to all the nations, our hair faces the Most High, we are his people. We are CHOSEN and the powers that be know that, this is why we have been conditioned to believe that we are less than nothing. The images that you see every day have a negative impact on your thinking, it is negative programming.
Views from around the world


The white woman is the universal standard of beauty — Zacharyxo Some things can’t be contested. Some might argue that beauty is subjective, and therefore, not global. While the concept of human beauty can be a personal thing, I feel that natural beauty is ubiquitous. It’s hard to argue the universal beauty of a sunset. Regardless of your own concepts of beauty, most people agree that such a scene is beautiful. Many such things exist in nature. Natural beauty is universal, transcending subjectivity. — Anonymous

Chloe Boucher

Beauty is a meaningless construct. Despite culturally self-gratifying pop science ramblings to the contrary, physical beauty does not exist. Beauty is a response, elicited when exposed to various cues which are often paired with that which is desirable in media, both mass and cultural. Observe the homogenizing of beauty standards with the advent of mass media, and the ever-fluctuating, vapid ideals which people around the world chase endlessly. By homogenizing the idea of beauty and manipulating it, the fashion, diet, and cosmetic industries can generate billions in revenue. But beauty, initially, was deeply tied to intimate cultural forces and has only recently been molded into something with some degree of universality.— Skepsikyma Standards of beauty vary greatly. From culture to culture, standards of beauty vary. Such rules have also changed throughout history. Our modern ideas of beauty are greatly affected by the fashion industry and advertising campaigns. The idea that women must be thin, be free of body hair and sweat, and be perfectly coiffed and made up comes from deodorant companies, razor companies, diet-food companies, and hair care companies trying to sell more products. Sadly, modern western beauty ideals are in danger of becoming more universal because of globalization and the spread of advertising imagery. —- ChevalR Yes it is I live in India and beauty here is what westerners believe in beauty, Indians look a bit dark and don’t have such features, but I always see western models in an advertisement in hoardings. India also has a fairness obsession. I have not seen this in any other country like Malaysia or Indonesia, where they always cast a local model instead of a western model. Maybe because Indians and Europeans are both Caucasians and indeed we Indians like the lighter variant of the two subsets. —Anonymous Beauty is universal Beauty, on the other hand, should not be descriptive, nor should it be normative. I believe that beauty is universal. Although our perceptions of taste and style may differ from one another; does not mean that we find other flavors hideous? Of course, we will always think our taste is better than the rest, but you will still appreciate different styles of art. I believe that we were all born with an idea of what beauty is, but as life went on, other views (culture, media, etc.) have influenced us very much. That being the reason for our different tastes. But the fact that we can still recognize something beautiful proves that beauty is universal. —- Anonymous Constants have been shown across culture and time Google image search models from non-western countries. Google image search models from previous periods. What do they all have in common? They are attractive by today’s so-called “modern western beauty standard.” With this exercise, it will become very apparent to you that there’s nothing actually ‘modern’ or ‘western’ about what we find beautiful. —– Anonymous This has been validated by science. Studies show universal preferences for several physical characteristics, including facial symmetry, high gender polarity (i.E., Masculine men and feminine women), and in women, a waist-hip ratio around 0.7. — Anonymous Yes, it is I believe that all cultures should have a chance to express what they think is a beauty. Just because someone doesn’t think something is beautiful, one place doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful somewhere else. Beauty does not necessarily mean it is found on the inside but on the outside as well. — Anonymous

What is beauty?
The three wishes of every man: to be healthy, to be productive by honest means, and to be beautiful. —PLATO 

We all know beauty when we notice its radiance, yet it is entirely transient. It has to do with subtle yet meaningless things like the beauty of your eyes, symmetry, the clarity of the skin, the balance of the cheekbones, the prominence of the nose, the fullness of the lips, and the shape of the body. We all know ugly the lack of symmetry and visual perception of beauty when we see it too. Yet this whole concept about beauty is incongruous. Like Science, beauty is based on theory. Is Beauty in the one of the beholder? Really that depends on who you ask? – “The Universal Standard of Beauty” in which black women are affected the most because of the European standard of beauty, which makes them the recipient of many comments like:

She is ugly … She’s fat … She’s Dark … Her nose is big. Her lips are so big.. She looks like a man..

But indeed all nonwhite people suffer from this dilemma but are often in ignorance associating with this standard uplifting European white women as the standard of beauty. The dangerous effects of judging one’s own personal beauty leave devastating consequences around the world. In China, Face – umbrellas are used to prevent tanning. Skin lighting products are famous across the globe, especially in India and Africa Black women are getting western rhinoplasty to make their noses more Caucasian Light eyes are the craze, colored contact sales are on the rise. Straight hair is associated with the universal standard of Slim beauty frames are desired the most, which lead to eating disorders around the world.

The Perception of the beautiful is gradual, and not a lightning revelation; it requires not only time, but some study —- Giovanni Ruddini, Poet (1807-1881)

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Oxford’s Dictionary refers to beauty as “A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.” What is it about the beauty that has us so enamored with its power and aesthetics? The answer would definitely not be a clique or fallacy but a term of endearment to the one that beholds such a pulchritude of perfection. When one thinks of beauty, they often refer to it as bewitching, extraordinary, alluring, universal, timeless, and youthful. Natural beauty within itself has the power to influence the beholder of its magnificence. The Human eye knows beauty when it sees it is ethereal. It has components that hypnotize the beholders as in eyes, cheekbones, noses, and full lips. Beauty is superficial but enchanting, but there are really only a few that are genetically gifted with physical beauty.

1. The Contrast and vividness of Skin Color.
What combinations that are more intensified from dark skin to light skin? Most faces with bright eyes, darker skin presents a vivid contrast – Faces with light skin and dark eyes give a sharp contrast. Dark eyes with Dark skin the difference is intensified by color, Light skin with bright eyes is strengthened by receding light tones. Your skin is the canvas on which your facial features translate its beauty.
2. The congruence of facial features
In the front of the head where the eyes, nose, lips, chin, cheeks, forehead all in alliance with each other giving a staggering computation of facial beauty in a combination of aesthetic perfection in harmony together. It is your facial features that make your face attractive, not your skin color.
3. The Symmetry (1.618)
In numbers, the Greeks believed that perfect symmetry was responsible for the attractiveness of a face and that attractive looks were closer to the beauty ratio of 1.618. This brings me to what is “Universal Attractiveness,” which is determined through nations, cultures, personal tastes, and eras, which is a common denominator in both female and male attractiveness. Feminine beauty: big eyes, small nose, full lips, narrow jaw line, youthful appearance, thick hair, and hourglass figure. Male Beauty: thick Eyebrows, little eyes, a more large nose, tanned skin, prominent jawline, and a V-shaped body. Even with defining what is really beautiful, the rule of thumb is that Beauty is Subjective. It is based on somebody’s opinions or feelings rather than on facts or evidence this subjectivity can translate into the phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This analogy goes far beyond theory where science bases beauty strictly on the approach the eye gate is the final verdict on what it viewed as physical attractiveness through personal thought, reasoning, or cultural influence. In general, beauty is a beauty, but aesthetic attractiveness can be different many things are perceived as beautiful can vary from place to era and culture. Physical Attraction Physical attraction is what relationships are based on at first glance, it plays a vital role in attraction in what we perceive as a masculine or feminine perfection of physical beauty determined by first glance. There is an age-old prowess, “the hunter to the prey syndrome” men are hunters, women are the prey. Physical attraction often implies sexual attractiveness or desirability. There are many levels which influence one person’s magnetism to another, with physical characteristics being one of them. The physical attraction itself includes global assessments of all human civilization, as well as aspects that are culturally and socially dependent, along with individual subjective and objective preferences. There are always exceptions to any rule, the science of beauty is based on a theory for physical is definitely in the eyes of the beholder.
Women:

 Youthful appearance, big eyes, small nose, full lips, low waist to hip ratio, full breasts, ample backside an hourglass physique.

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Men:

Thick eyebrows, strong and prominent jawline, larger nose, facial hair, tan skin and v-shaped torso, and muscular physique.

Is Beauty is the eyes of the beholder?

Conceivably the most customary issue in the principle of beauty is whether beauty is subjective— or even objective located ‘in the eye of the beholder’— However, if beauty is entirely subjective—that is, if the opinion is shared by many does that equate the beauty of a face. Would I be presumptuous to believe that every man, woman, or child will behold my beauty? Or would I appreciate their subjective on the beauty of my face? In fact, numerous people, as I have been told find me quite beautiful with a strong emphasis on my facial beauty. But for the numerous that do, I believe that there is a small community that doesn’t. That is really across the board for everyone. On the other hand, it seems senseless to say that beauty has no connection to subjective response or that it is entirely objective. That would seem to entail, for example, that a world with no perceivers could be beautiful or ugly, or perhaps that beauty could be detected by scientific instruments. Even if it could be, beauty would seem to be connected to subjective response, and though we may argue about whether something is beautiful, the idea that one’s experiences of beauty might be disqualified as simply inaccurate or false might arouse puzzlement.

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I remember about 10 years ago…. I commented on a well-known actor, I remarked that he wasn’t that attractive to me… and then the person I told this to got some violent she was ready to tear me apart. Then she replied, “You need to get your eyes checked!” We often disagree concerning the physical beauty of others. We argue and fight to prove our points of who is undeniably beautiful. We debate, share our sentiments in hopes of someone agreeing when indeed its merely a judgment or preference. We often regard other people’s taste while trying to prove ours, when it differs from theirs, as tentatively showing respect, as we may not, for example, in cases of moral, political, or factual opinions. All plausible accounts of beauty connect it to a pleasurable or profound or loving response, even if they do not locate beauty purely in the eye of the beholder. beauty is subjective from personal experience and preconceived ideas… But also the product of manipulation through passing the media and global conditioning.

There are no makeovers in my books. The ugly duckling does not become a beautiful swan. She becomes a confident duck able to take charge of her own life and problems. —Maeve Binchy

I personally don’t refer to people as being “ugly” I don’t agree with that terminology or invoke that judgment on anyone, I prefer to call them “not attractive” .. If you were not born by what the world esteems as “attractive” – which is strictly in the eye of the beholder. Less attractive people are look over more than their attractive counterparts in dating, jobs, and society. But hold on, just wait a minute because there are numerous other talents, gifts and abilities that you have which should be exploited to their full potential. The world is not evenly balanced between opposing sides of beauty equally; it’s your responsibility to take what you have and make something productive and valuable from that. Your character is the most essential aspect of your being. Having this ugly disadvantage is such “social injustice.” really it is because some of the most inspiring and beautiful people I know are not genetically gifted but have such an intellectual prowess. Ugly people are perceived to be lazy and unfriendly. That may be true in some cases, but in other causes that are not true.

As children we are programmed to believe that something is attractive or a possessor of aesthetic perfection. When in reality what we see is not really what we see, we gravitate to things that affect our five senses, the five traditionally recognized methods of perception, or sense: taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound. No two people look the same to each other for our perceptions of what we esteemed as beauty can be quite different. This proves the theory without a doubt, that beauty is indeed in the eyes of the beholder.

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The eyeballs generate an opinion based on emotions, features, and lustful feelings when you stare intently at a subject. The model above, Leon Grey is very handsome and most women will agree. Do you think that every woman would find him attractive? No, because our perceptions vary from person to person depending on our 5 senses.

“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” is an orthodoxy phrase that is to denote subjectivity or objectivity in physical beauty. What I might find disgusting or unattractive, you may find attractive, is the subjectivity or objectivity verified and vindicate the justice of elegance with this world-renowned phrase. What is missing from this obsessive focus on subjective interpretation of beauty is the inherent manifestation of beauty in the object or person. The human face is inherently, intrinsically beautiful when created, though no beholders’ eyes saw the beauty? Many have expressed that the term should actually be titled, “Physical Attractiveness lies in the opinion of the beholder.” because attractiveness is based on personal taste derived from the real face or body attributes. While “Beauty” is based purely on facial beauty, features, and symmetry. On the website, “theperfecthumanface.com” identifies and clarifies that physical beauty is indeed in the eyes of the beholder 54% agreed on their recent polls featured on that site. In the eye of the beholder 54% Golden Ratio, Symmetry, Phi masks 1.618 20% Genetics 17% Science 1% World Standards of Beauty Eurocentric beliefs 9%

The Power of Beauty
Kristina Urribarres

“Beauty in its prowess has the power to manipulate the senses the mind, especially the eye, which is dangerous because you’re under its supremacy” — Scientist Welerbee It captivates women. Men desire it. It is adored, worshipped, highly sought after, and envied it is a beauty! How you ever wondered what happens when 10,000 bolts of electricity hit a lightning rod in a storm? The brain becomes scrambled eyes this is pretty powerful in retrospect clearly exhibits a staggering conclusion this happens when we view beauty there is a theory of fireworks releasing shooting off like a rocket at the same time an internal explosion of some sort, blood starts to pump faster to the heart, and breathing becomes rapid. The eyes bulge out of the head, and the saliva glands begin to release that is the power of beauty. “To be beautiful, handsome, means that you possess a power which makes all smile upon and welcome you; that everybody is impressed in your favor and inclined to be of your opinion; that you have only to pass through a street or to show yourself on a balcony to make friends and to win mistresses from among those who look upon you. What a splendid, what a magnificent gift is that which spares you the need to be amiable in order to be loved, which relieves you of the need of being clever and ready to serve, which you must be if ugly, and enables you to dispense with the innumerable moral qualities which you must possess in order to make up for the lack of personal beauty.” ― Théophile Gautier, Mademoiselle de Maupin

Judgments of Beauty
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The Male Prospective on Female beauty from around the world.
A beautiful woman makes me want to give up my paycheck to her— Michel from Paris France Beautiful woman are a dime a dozen I pass hundreds daily — David from Scotland.
A beautiful woman is awesome to look at — Lenny from Kingston, Jamaica.
A woman can be stupid as long as she is pretty — J.J from Bronx New York the USA
Beautiful woman are angels — Chuma from Nigeria Africa
Being beautiful inside out is what matters — Raj from Hong Kong
I love a woman with a big butt very sexy —- Juan from Puerto Rico
A tall stunning red-head is out of the ordinary — Harry from Australia
I get speechless and tongue-tied when I see a good looking woman — Julio from Spain
The Female Perspective on Male beauty from around the world.
There is nothing like a great pair of biceps to get you through the day — Cheryl from London England
Men are so much more attractive then women they don’t have to rely on superficial means like makeup daily to look good — Claire from Pennsylvania USA
Tall, Light, and handsome is how I like them — Anita from Jaipur India
A man that takes care of his body that is healthy is most attractive — Angelica from Los Angeles California
I personally find a man with money more attractive — Montana from Australia
I love a man with beautiful eyes — Samantha from Seychelles
A nice muscular body the male form is hot — Chloe from France
I love a six pack, and I don’t mean beer — Tiffany from Russia
“In all judgments by which we describe anything as beautiful, we allow no one to be of another opinion.” ― Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment This quote from the author of the book Survival of the prettiest summarizes the reality of beauty quite succinctly: “Nancy Etcoff, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a practicing psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, puts forth that beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of the fashion industry, nor a backlash against feminism—it is in our biology. It’s an essential and ineradicable part of human nature that is revered and ferociously pursued in nearly every civilization and for a good reason. Those features to which we are most attracted are often signals of fertility and fecundity. Women around the world have been bombarded with so many different requirements of attractiveness. We should be thin, but healthy; they should have a flat stomach but have ample breasts and a bigger rear end. And sorrowfully, to achieve the standard of perfection these women have increasingly been turning to plastic surgery, cosmetics, eating disorders, and self-mutation to fit this beauty standard the beguiling attraction of it and social imperatives that surround it. The quandary of a woman who does not possess any kind of beauty. In this superficial world where your validation is men drooling at you while walking down the street. What about “the woman that nobody sees” you know the one that is ignored by men? Society places so much pressure to be attractive and the procedures in which women pull out all the stops to modify our appearance by any means necessary. This society will train you in your way to think about a particular beauty standard even upon deeper reflection it will be imposed through universal thinking what our perceptions of beauty should be, its trains your mind directly or indirectly, through the power of subjection and propaganda their way of seeing and of appreciating beauty – The Beauty Ideal – embedded into our brains every second of the day through television, commercials, and the media. Women are the archetypes of beauty around the world, they are more likely to be judged solely on their aesthetic beauty, which makes them more susceptible to judgment good or bad on their beauty alone. Men, however, are judged on appearance but more so through other measures like their status and wealth. Nancy Etcoff, states in her book “Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty” that, “Beauty ensnares hearts, captures minds, and stirs up emotional wildfires.” Beauty is definitely apart of the genetic makeup of the aesthetics culturally and universal. With all the madness and craze over what one looks like, it is safe to say that it is definitely in the eyes of the beholder. Subjective and Objective.
The Beauty Privilege
Let me tell you something – being thought of as a beautiful woman has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless, and it is always transitory. — Halle Berry 

Physical beauty is amazing With the fervor of a gazelle, we stroll Without a concern for the world Our faces are prettier than a sunrise Drawing those glances our way With those around us silent in awe the crowd drink thirstily of our physical beauty. We know where our beauty originated from It is something that we were born with not something contrived.

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Many capitalize on being genetically gifted because everyone desires beauty. To gaze at beauty is mind-numbing. Beautiful people are the recipients of the privilege – the beauty privilege. Gorgeous people in their lifetime will get better jobs, better treatment, make more money, endless marriage proposals, and unlimited perks. On the other side, they experience hate, jealousy, and envy. Is it their fault? That all depends are they making fun of others that lack physical beauty? Most of us know there are huge dividends when you are good looking, after all, society spends endless hours plus billions of dollars on beauty salons, on cosmetics, and costly plastic surgery entirely to alter your personal appearance. But are good looking people have that certain to puts them above the rest? Based on reality, yes most certain they are highly favored in society. The award for being beautiful is anything but superficial it can really change your life. Good looking people are associated with being right and intelligence, in some cases, yes but in my experience, the less attractive people have higher IQ and are very intellectually stimulating, trust me it goes both ways. Beautiful people are perceived as honest, sociable, and useful.
In some cases, that is the truth, but there are also self-center – ego tactical good looking people as well. There are always exceptions to any rule.

The Ugly disadvantage

There are no makeovers in my books. The ugly duckling does not become a beautiful swan. She becomes a confident duck able to take charge of her own life and problems. —Maeve Binchy I personally don’t refer to people as being “ugly” I don’t agree with that terminology or invoke that judgment on anyone, I prefer to call them “not attractive” .. If you were not born by what the world esteems as “attractive” – which is strictly in the eye of the beholder. Less attractive people are look over more than their attractive counterparts in dating, jobs, and society. But hold on, just wait a minute because there are numerous other talents, gifts, and abilities that you have which should be exploited to their full potential. The world is not evenly balanced between opposing sides of beauty equally; it’s your responsibility to take what you have and make something productive and valuable from that. Your character is the most crucial aspect of your being. Having this ugly disadvantage is such “social injustice.” really it is because some of the most inspiring and beautiful people I know are not genetically gifted but have such an intellectual prowess. Ugly people are perceived to be lazy and unfriendly. That may be true in some cases, but in other causes that are not true.

Eurocentric Beauty Standards

One manifestation of white supremacy is the use of whiteness as the standard of beauty. When whiteness (pale skin) is considered superior, white people are considered more attractive by definition, and if the appearance of people of other races deviates from that standard, they are considered ugly. Lisa Wade Ph.D., “When whiteness is the standard of beauty” article on societypages.org When the white European male sets the standards the world follows, this doesn’t make it real but creates an illusion. To speak of a reality where light skin, light eyes, and tall, slender bodies are presented as the benchmarks of European dogma a spectacle of breathtaking provincialism – “The universal standard of beauty“ It universalizes the concept of whiteness to epitomize beauty around the world. It suggests, perversely, and seriously, dictates what is beautiful and what is not.

White Beauty Privilege

Do blondes really have more fun? In this case, they do… Caucasian Women are presented as “The Universal Standard of Beauty” the benchmarks of perfection. Characteristics of Eurocentric White Female Beauty: Straight hair, Pale white skin, straight nose, thin lips, light eyes, tall, slender, and blonde hair. The Dominate Culture “White People” creates what beauty is even for a beautiful black woman she will go unnoticed. Every woman is affected by a perception of beauty. “White Women” around the world – Suffering from eating disorders, not measuring up to the fashion models or what they perceive as beautiful. “Women of Color” across the globe – Suffering from low self-esteem brought on by colonization, slavery, and the media. Some aspire to look more white. Through the globalization of media, advertisements, magazines, and movies have trended toward a standard of beauty, whereby we are all encouraged to appear tall, thin, fair skin and our face should resemble that of the Europeans the fair-skinned Europeans that is. The image of the beautiful Caucasian woman with blonde hair and blue eyes has become the world standard in terms of what is perceived as beauty.
I will go a step further and say all white women have become the norm all around the world that looks is highly coveted, or is it the media that has everyone hoodwinked by the power of suggestion? Propaganda? The women around the globe want straight hair and light skin through colonization to make a particular group of people full less than human. The world has actually been whitewashed with the alliance of lightness with desirability and beauty in women. The western-dominated culture and media have played in the propagation of the idyllic of light skin globally as perfection. The society that we live in my never changes so we must look for our validation elsewhere with our creator. As far as the earth has been here, they have been many forms of spectacular beauty. The woman has been symbolic of beauty stereotypes founded by ancient and present history. Today there is a valid argument of who the most beautiful woman is on earth. Specific news programs and people have tagged many caucasian celebrities (or ones that closely mimic they look) as the most beautiful, and internet polls can only go so far in there depiction of the perfect woman. Colonization is to be held responsible throughout the world. It changed the perception of beauty into their own standards and their style through the power of persuasion. If you say something for so long, it becomes the truth the norm throughout the world and with the brainwashing for the media outlets they dictate who you should perceive as the standard of beauty. Women and Men are beautiful the world over no matter the skin tone. There is NO one standard of beauty, the world is full of unique people from every nationality, it is our differences that make us unique and beautiful from the palest Caucasian to the darkest African and in between. “The Pedestal” mentality and The Porcelain Doll” effect. A child is conditioned to accept everything that is put before them, there is a conditioning process that stimulates the thought processed before puberty subliminal messages programmed into the brain in terms of what is beauty what is expectable and what is not. Through media and magazines, this has been made possible to dictate to the masses what the standard of beauty is, before television, it was revealed through colonization. If something is subjected continuously or put before you, then you will adopt it as your own, and that becomes your reality and belief.

Most women have brought into the image of the illusion of beauty which Is founded on a lie – an illusion absolute smoke and mirrors staged by the advertisers and magazines of what is relevant to the masses in terms of beauty and how to attain the impossible perfection. I know you passed a new stand at one point this week, and ogled your favorite celebrity photo, do you actually know what they photo goes through before it makes it to magazine rack – a team of makeup artists, stylists, airbrushing, retouching, and of course photoshop all to make the image unbelievably flawless. It takes literally a team to make the perfect image. If you had a team of beauty professional at your beck and call you would look like a celebrity too. Beauty is an illusion it is easily distorted and manipulated. The products they advertise we put facial products on our face daily the ingredients cause cancer or premature aging because we believe that these things we make us look better or even younger. Women, in general, go through so much to be what the powers-that-be say is beauty from spending their hard earned cash to get the latest designers clothes or the newest eyeshadow palette in hopes to get the validation they need to make it yet another day. We press our feet into high heels which are destroying our health and breaking our toes all in the name of beauty. It is not surprising that the beauty industry is billions strong, fueled by the hopeless wonders that seek the esteem of others. I would not say beauty is necessarily an illusion. Beauty within itself is not an illusion but what is misleading and deceptive in how the advertisers paint the picture of beauty. But there is not one solid definition of beauty because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is something that can be changed and manipulated by society. Images are powerful but surface driven. Our hearts are not in the right place, don‘t buy into the illusion.
The Media is to blame

According to the article “Negative Influences of Media on the Society” states that The media affects the way we act and think. It has a profound influence on the behavior of its audience. When people try to imitate something we had seen or heard, are they capable enough to distinguish between right from wrong? Young people often imitate their role models blindly. What is being highlighted in the entertainment industry is the wrongdoings of these celebrities whom the young people idolize. And because they are heroes in the youth’s minds, they are still celebrated despite the bad behavior they have been showing to the public. Subliminal messages are programmed into our brains daily. There are 1500 Newspapers, 1100 magazines, 9000 Radio Stations, 1500 TV stations, and 2400 publishers. They control 90% of what 277 million Americans see, hear, meditate on, and read. Through time, through the invention of moving pictures, birthed the power of the media, they can suggest, claim, and dictate what is right or what is wrong through, television, radio, magazines, newspapers, movies etc.. Media has had an influence on universal beauty standards throughout the world; therefore, it affects women and men of all nationalities. Through television and advertising in magazines who are responsible for planting “idealism” into the brain of the masses. The media is fueled by propaganda, deceptive, or distorted information that is systematically spread throughout the world every minute of the day. The Media has enslaved us to becoming entertainment driven by sports and reality series. Through the influence of the media from childhood on we are bombarded with images and messages that reinforce the idea that to be happy we must be a certain way, drive a particular car, and look a certain way. It is nearly irresolvable to open a magazine, listen to the radio, shop at a mall or turn on a TV without being confronted with what seems to be perfection, the invention, the illusion of the media. For argument sake, if the media’s portrayal of is just a looking glass of this culture and not an originator, the media still needs to take some responsibility for at least dissemination the failure to perform its function correctly in the best interest of society.
In the article “Brain, Behavior, and Media. Is media influencing your brain and your behavior through psychology?” published in Psychology Today, Bennard J Luskin Ed.D. states that “Recent studies now validate the reality of Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD). It can cause tremors, shivers, nausea, and anxiety in some addicts. Try removing a young “gamer” from a video game in a hurry. You will discover how difficult it is to break the attachment between the teen and the screen.” The media has been the main component in our every day lives as a form of personal sabotage.

Distortion of Body Image

According to  www.nationaleatingdisorders.org, “Body Image” is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. It encompasses: What you believe about your own appearance (including your memories, assumptions, and generalizations). How you feel about your body, including your height, shape, and weight. How you sense and control your body as you move. How you feel in your body, not just about your body.

In Society, the images they portray perfection on ads, television, they made me feel inadequate about the way I look. I know you have heard this before or have even contemplative it in your mind, “If I could just lose 5 more pounds they world would love me” one in three girls have an eating disorder… But still, in reality, millions of young girls, woman, and some men suffer from eating disorders annually a lot under the 18. These specific eating disorders are often triggered by bouts of depression, distorted body image, or perfectionism itself. The four major eating disorders: 1. Anorexia Nervosa, voluntary starvation for long periods. 2. Bulimia Nervosa, marked by bouts of binge eating excessive amounts of food followed by compensatory behavior such as purging then vomiting or use of laxatives to rid themselves of the food eaten 3. Binge-eating, marked by episodes of out-of-control gorging, similar to Bulimia without the purging. 4. EDNOS, the most dangerous of all 4, it is the combination of Anorexia and Bulimia, each day it takes on one the eating often disorders. Females are much more likely than males to develop an eating disorder. Eating disorders are closely related to other psychiatric illnesses such as depression, substance abuse, or anxiety disorders. Besides, people who suffer from eating disorders can experience a wide range of physical health complications, including severe heart conditions, teeth enamel erosion, various organ failure including kidney failure, which may lead to death. If eating disorders weren’t enough, many woman and men would resort to cosmetic surgery that gains what they perceive as perfection. Women, both young and old, are taking enormous risks in the pursuit of beauty. Liposuction, Nose Jobs, botox, tummy tucks, breast implants, and bottom augmentation. Who is responsible? The media? The advertisers? They all are trying to sell this image of perfect beauty when, in reality, no one is perfect but a work in progress. Do we have to ask ourselves what are we doing? We must be comfortable in our own skin. We are our sister and brother’s keeper, and it starts in the home, the duty of the parents are to teach their children how valuable they are.
 
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