The Definition of Beauty

Let's Talk About Beauty

Think about a time when you looked at your reflection in the mirror and tortured yourself with cruel, degrading comments. Do you think your thighs are too big, or your chest is too flat? Who told you big thighs and flat chests were not beautiful? Better yet, who gave them the authority to decide what is beautiful? The definition of beauty is vague for a reason. It has a greater volume of meaning than what this person considers attractive. Big thighs or small thighs, you are beautiful. Flat chest or large chest, you are beautiful. If anyone tries to argue with this concept, they have a distorted meaning of beauty and are unable to see past what society has morphed them to believe.

Pink's VMA Speech

I started pondering the meaning of beauty after watching the 2017 VMAs on August 27th. Pink, the singer-songwriter who won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, gave an acceptance speech that was not only inspirational, but also, revealed the definition of beauty. In the speech, Pink tells a story about her daughter, Willow Sage Hart. One day in the car, Pink’s six-year-old daughter confessed that she thought she was the ugliest girl in the world because she thinks she looks like a boy. Like any mother, Pink aimed to make her daughter see her self-worth, but in the process, she also taught her daughter, as well as those watching the VMAs, a valuable life lesson. Pink told her daughter how she is also picked on for her masculinity; Pink’s short hair and a strong body make people believe they have the permission to tell her that she is not feminine enough for her gender. However, Pink made sure her daughter, and even the rest of the world, understood the true meaning of beauty. Here is a quote from Pink's speech at the VMAs:

I said to her, 'Do you see me growing my hair?' She said, 'No, mama.' I said, 'Do you see me changing my body?' 'No mama.' 'Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?' 'No mama.' 'Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?' 'Yes, mama.' 'So, baby girl, we don't change. We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl and we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.'

Do Not Listen to Society

Society needs to change. Beauty is not one-size-fits-all. Beauty is not a singular characteristic that all people have to shift their outer appearance and personality to fit. According to the dictionary, beauty is the quality present in a thing or person that gives deep satisfaction to the mind. Do you know what the dictionary did not say? It did not say beauty was a thin body or long hair. It did not say beauty was a good complexion or outgoing personality. Beauty is everything. It is infinity; beauty is every shape or form. Beauty is you. With the multitude of opinions in the world, you cannot let one person, or even a group of them, tell you what you should not love about yourself. When you are happy, you are abundantly beautiful. As Pink said, the world needs to change, not you.I applaud Pink for using her voice to speak up for those who do not fit into society’s standards and proving that beauty is indeed boundless. So, what is truly the meaning of beauty? You. Your every trait is the definition of beauty.