What is beauty? There are many different thoughts regarding beauty. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No matter how plain a woman may be, of truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful” (Confucius, Roosevelt, and Poe). Edgar Allen Poe, regarding beauty stated, “There is no exquisite beauty…without some strangeness in the proportion” (Confucius, Roosevelt, and Poe). Confucius tells us, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it” (Confucius, Roosevelt, and Poe). There are many opinions about what beauty is. A general definition of beauty is, a combination of qualities present in a thing or person that pleases the aesthetic senses or brings about deep satisfaction. However, what may please the aesthetic senses will be different for every individual. There are many types of beauty; some people define beauty through physical characteristics, others by the inner beauty of the soul, or beauty can also be found in nature and the arts. An old proverb states, beauty is in the eye of the beholder; which means, there can not be such a thing as objective beauty. What one person may define as beautiful may be considerably different from what somebody else thinks is beautiful. The determination of beauty varies greatly by the culture of the people judging what beauty is. For example, heavy people in India are considered beautiful because you can tell these people eat well and have money. In America however, heavy people are not thought to be beautiful, our culture values being thin. Cultures may be very influenced by media. Media often tells the viewers what is to be considered beautiful. The press, magazines, and television try to convey that a certain height, weight, hair color, or eye color are far more beautiful than others. If you do not fit the designated description, you are considered ugly. Beauty has also changed greatly throughout time. In the 1600’s, a Flemish painter, Ruebens, painted big, round women as the ideal beauty. Heavy women...
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