Beauty is….

On February 14, 2013 by Francesca



Beauty is…..subjective. Which means it exists in the mind of the individual. We acquire guidelines as to how we see this through the world’s perspective, society, current culture, local community, universal aesthetics, personal opinions and gut feelings. Is there a right or a wrong?  I would have to say no; it is subjective. Beauty is for the viewer at the time in which they are seeing.

Willendorf of Venus 22,000 - 24,000 BC

Willendorf of Venus 22,000 – 24,000 BC

Based on artifacts, around 24,000 BC the female body that was immortalized, probably worshiped and likely considered desirable, is thought to be depicted in the 4”sculpture named the Venus of Willendorf.

Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli 1489

Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli 1489

This Venus is quite ample, voluptuous and brimming with visual messages of fertility and an abundance of sexuality. This general view of women is reflected throughout the centuries with slightly different artistic interpretation.

The past century we have seen quite a number of different “fashion” interpretations of beauty. Below are some of the predominant silhouettes that reflect the US perception of American beauty over the past century.

A Century of American Beauty

A Century of American Beauty

2 Responses to “Beauty is….”

  • Francesca, This article made me curious about your own journey of coming to terms with what beauty means to you. How did you find your “compass” in the midst of all the different messages?

    • Thank you Hannah for you question. What beauty means to me is expressing your true self. A flower is so beautiful because is expresses its true self, even while it is dieing. It is our subjective view that decides when it is no longer beautiful. As to my personal journey, I can’t remember thinking any differently. In regards to clothing, my mother always made beautiful clothes for me to wear until I was 7. Then I started sewing my own clothes, so I never thought of looking like anyone else but myself. As to all the different messages, I have not always been comfortable with them because many of the messages are in contrast to how I feel about life and beauty. That being said, I have come to learn to enjoy them because they tell me who we are as a social being and really you have to applaud us for coming up with some many different ways to reflect ourselves. I makes me laugh just to think of them.:)

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