What do you consider beauty to be? The perfect hair? Nice clothes? A Victoria’s Secret body?
On Tuesday night, November 20, students and faculty gathered in the YU Great Room to watch the Totally Real Beauty Show, prepared by students of Brianna Evans’ classes paired with the Gender and Equity Resource Center and the Alliance. The show aimed to answer the question of what is truly beautiful. Not the conventional thought of beauty, not what your classmates consider as beauty, and not what the media portrays as beauty, but what you, yourself think beauty means.
“How do you define something as diverse as beauty?” Bryan Lester asked as he stood in front of the crowd. Perspectives change, we are all completely different and so is our view of beauty.Bryan believes that actions, acceptance, and growth, especially in oneself, are all beautiful traits in a person.
A second speaker, Heather, described her ideals of beauty as what she had grown up with. Growing up in a close-minded family, she had a hard time speaking and thinking for herself. Heather began to think that beauty, according to everyone else’s views, was the most important thing. She said that when you begin to listen to what others think, then you begin to believe them. After high school, Heather began wearing and doing what she wanted to which is what made her into the strong woman she is today.
“The best luck is to not look at things such as the media, remember what you are,” explained Heather.
Tammy, the third speaker, has gone through life as a larger person and at times struggled with what she thought was beautiful. These three things are the most beautiful in any person to her: happiness, joy, and a smile. . Tammy described that when you can see another’s happiness you can just feel their beauty.
“Real beauty is not what people see, it’s what they perceive,” Tammy stated.
Tammy then had everyone in the crowd take a piece of paper and write down three things that they consider beautiful about themselves, something that she does to reflect and put a better perspective on things. She challenged everyone in the audience to be thankful for what makes them beautiful.
A fashion show followed and everyone in attendance was invited get up on the runway. The Totally Real Beauty Show ended with a slideshow consisting of hundreds of pictures and sayings describing what beauty truly means.
So what exactly is beauty? There is no clear cut answer; beauty is whatever you perceive and believe it to be, and that is why beauty is beautiful!