I was recently criticised by an acquaintance of mine for being so passionate and immersing myself so much in skincare, fashion, make-up and beauty. They believed that it was all very unnecessary and that we should all be completely happy to be natural. I listened intently and digested everything they were saying before I formulated my own reasons to counter their point of view; the healthy debate got me thinking.
According to most dictionary meanings (this is slightly paraphrased)… Beauty is the quality of being pleasing, especially to look at, or someone or something that gives great pleasure, especially when looking at it.
The emphasis appears to be on the way we look, but we all know that beauty means way more than this. My view of beauty is that it’s down to a person’s perception, what one person finds beautiful is different to the next, each to their own.
In fact I think ‘Beauty’ involves an interpretation of what we see, beauty is in fact our feelings about what we look at and this differs for everyone. My friend went on to add that beauty products and make-up are simply a mask that helps us hide ourselves from other people; I couldn’t disagree more. Beauty is about a feeling that we can’t describe that comes from within, it’s a little bit similar to confidence and there’s lots of things we like to do to help us to feel at our best. For me beauty is all about the ability to optimise what we have so that we can feel our best. If we take care of ourselves to the best of our ability we have pride in our appearance and we aim to preserve what we have for longer.
We do lots of things to make us feel more beautiful or to put it a better way, feel good about ourselves. Here at QVC as you know we have many products to help us feel better and make the most of our appearance whether it’s clothes or fashion and in fact here at QVC we even have our own ‘Beauty’ channel.
As we grow older we know our appearance changes, our bodies change too and luckily we become wiser with that. Thankfully we are able to realise that beauty comes in many ages, shapes and sizes. My Dad still has the view that my Mum is the most beautiful woman in the world even after being together 50 years, because beauty is also in the eye of the beholder.
The point is that how we see beauty and define it not only changes from person to person, but our idea of what is beautiful changes with age. Beauty is not about the way we look on the outside but how we feel on the inside. Ultimately we are all beautiful in our own unique ways and however you want to bring that out of you is entirely up to you.
So I ask you, what does beauty mean to you?