What is Beauty, anyway?

We were required to read The Little Prince, and there’s a beautiful line there that goes: “What is essential is invisible to the eye.” I think you can take a lot of wisdom from that line. Especially when you are young and undergoing physical changes. Or even at any age, when you compare yourself to magazine covers, models, and the like. What is important is who you are, not what you look like.

And that’s why there’s so much hoopla about these beauty contests. There’s a transgender who was disqualified, and then re-instated to join the Miss Canada beauty contest. He was disqualified because, well, he’s a man. And then re-instated because of outside pressure.

Umm. Hello. Anyone else see what’s wrong with this picture?

This is part of a long line of “corruption” from the world. First we allowed women to be judged by how they look in swimsuits and evening gowns. Yes, there’s a question and answer portion, but how many times can you hear the answer “World Peace”?

And then we allowed these women to fix themselves. Noses, breasts, butts, waistlines, eyes, teeth. All for what? All to be beautiful for whom? The judges? We all watch as these women, who change their appearance to be accepted and loved by people, compete. And they battle each other waiting to see who looks the best – which is part of their brokenness in the first place. So the cycle continues and the women get shattered.

So what’s to stop men from changing how they look – to become women – and enter the competition as well? They can argue that the women who are there are not their true selves either. They’ve been re-molded as well. It’s a corruption of womanhood. And a corruption of beauty.

What is essential is invisible to the eye. What these women (and men) should work on is who they are inside. And accept themselves for the beauty that God gave them. And then they will be content. And happy. But unfortunately, media and all these shows keep telling us that it is not enough. We need to be thin (anorexia, starvation, Bangkok pills). we need to be white (glutathione, skin whitening, papaya soap). We need to have arches on our noses (nose jobs, face lifts, botox). We need to be hairless. We need to have long lashes.

We need to be who we are not.

But that isn’t beauty. That is commodity.

What is essential is invisible to the eye. Work on yourself. Work on accepting yourself and happiness will be just around the corner. Because we all know that if you cannot accept who you are, then outside appearances will never be enough.

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