What we perceive as “beautiful” majorly impacts the way we view ourselves and how we perceive ourselves and others. After reading The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, one of the things that stood out to me the most was the difference a well-developed sense of self can make. If you hold yourself up to unrealistic ideals, you can only be disappointed. If you recognize and embrace your strengths, whether that means beauty, intellect, personality, or one or more of any other number of awesome things, you’ll likely project confidence and beauty. On a less serious note, thinking of loving oneself reminds me of the sage words of Ru Paul…

Ru Paul, inner and outer beauty icon.

Perception of beauty is most certainly variable across any number of intersections of identity. Americans’ vision of beauty varies, often drastically, from what is considered beautiful in other countries around the world. I think that race and ethnicity certainly impact the ideal of beauty for women; however, the largely white American media is so pervasive that their “ideal” can be far more influential than “traditional” beauty ideals within various groups. I think this relates back to the discussion last week about hair as politics; to resist accepting an unrealistic beauty standard is to resist oppression.











One thought on “Beauty

  1. I loveee what you had to say about beauty!! I love Ru Paul. I am a believer of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” ! I think beauty does have to come from within. I think social media puts the unrealistic ideals of what beauty is and what should be considered beauty. Social media is what causes people to be disappointed and have self hate.

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