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Facets of Beauty
What is the first image that comes to your mind immediately after hearing the term beauty? Is it for example the famous model and representative of Victoria’s Secret, Adriana Lima, or a beautiful landscape you have seen and that it is still engraved in your memory, or just someone’s smile after giving him your help? According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, beauty is defined as “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit” (p.108); nonetheless, this concept remains relative and abstract because everyone pretends to know what the term “beautiful” means, but no one can really define it . In fact, beauty takes a variety of facets and may be seen from different perspectives depending on an individual’s perception. External beauty is the first facet that beauty can take. Many people see beauty in physical traits or in the fact of being physically attractive. Having blue eyes and blond hair, being tall and fit or being cheerful and dynamic are all characteristics of external beauty. Nonetheless, these characteristics are not a standard of judgment because they may differ from one person to another. Nowadays, media, movies and advertisement emphasize physical beauty that seems to them to be the most important criteria to attract people. As a result, a lot of people, especially women, swallow what advertisements try to make them think and spend a lot of money and time taking care of their physical aspect, thinking that this is the only way to show their loveliness and prettiness. Moreover, due to the fact that human beings care a lot about what others may think about them, they try to follow the standard of beauty that these advertisements impose to them. As a result, many people do not hesitate to do surgical operations in order to conform to the new wave that has pervaded the world about what beauty is. The second type of beauty is beauty of the soul, which...
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