_"BEAUTY IS MORE THAN SKIN DEEP"_
It's everywhere. You can't escape it. It's sprawled across flashy billboards with alluring models. It's plastered throughout all kinds of magazines and books. Celebrities ooze with it. And's it's all too friendly with teens; it overpowers their very being like too much axe in the gym change room. It's the pressure of beauty. Good morning/afternoon students, teachers, judges and fellow competitors. Today I'm going to talk to you about true beauty, and how it is much more than skin deep. How many of us care about how we look to others? I know I do, but why? What is the true point in altering the way we look, is it just to impress everyone else? So now my fellow friends, I am here to emphasize that that looks aren't just everything that should matter. No matter what the media portrays, what history has known to define beauty as and what society has taught us to believe since childhood, beauty is more than skin deep, true beauty shines from within.
There is no universal definition of beauty because it's different for everyone; it all depends on your perception. Beauty has become Greek to me because what you may find beautiful may not be for others. No universal definition applies to all races, cultures, ethnicities or time periods. For instance, some people find piercings and tattoos to be attractive, to others, it's repulsive and gross - it all depends on your personality and taste. The specifics on what makes a person beautiful vary dramatically and are affected by multiple factors. A sixteenth century English courtesan would take one look at Halle Berry's tanned, toned abs or Kim Kardashian's voluptuous figure and cringe. During the fifteenth century, a flat stomach expressed of the lower class, but on the contrary, what used to be distasted by the fifteenth-sixteenth century is now in demand. Before World War I, women were supposed to be soft and feminine but now, our culture...
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