The totally real beauty show

Katie Wilk­er­son — The Stinger

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.

Katie Wilk­er­son — The Stinger

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.

Katie Wilk­er­son — The Stinger

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!

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