What Is Real Beauty?

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder in the sense that everyone finds beauty in different things. There is beauty in almost everyone and everything. It doesn’t necessarily have to be physical, but what’s on the inside of a person and how they treat others. America’s physical beauty has been regarded as a highly valued attribute, but some believe that beauty can be a deceptive mask covering up what’s “real” beauty. Does everyone with a model like figure and a pretty Barbie doll face have to be the definition of beauty? Advertisements are selling products by hope of either making oneself more beautiful or maintaining one’s beauty.

We are bombarded everyday with beauty contests like Miss Universe and shows like Extreme Makeover, as well as People Magazine, featuring the most beautiful people in the world. The media is hung up on the physical aspects of beauty, making people think they need to look a certain way in order to be considered beautiful, but that’s not at all true. “We long to be not only works of nature but works of art” (Etcoff). Everybody wants to be beautiful and feel beautiful, not from their looks but by the impression they want to have on others.

Some feel that beauty is all about plastic surgery, tanning to look their best, and being the skinniest you can be. More and more people are getting cosmetic surgery each and everyday. The popularity of beauty can be dangerous to people who are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve beauty to the fullest. Plastic surgery has not only become a want or need to some people, but an addiction. They will go above and beyond to do whatever it takes to find the best surgeon in the United States. “It is a troubling case study of how American culture grapples with techniques designed for therapy that can be used to fulfill our personal desire” (Rosen). Cosmetic surgery is also in denial of aging because women tend to “lift” their face with botox to make wrinkles and blemishes disappear.

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