On my commute to work the other day, I couldn’t help but over hear a guy saying “She’s put on weight, she looks so healthy”. Surprisingly, this is only my second time of hearing someone whisper these words, aside from my Nan. It was both refreshing and sad; refreshing in the sense that here was a man who appreciated the fact that we eat, and have vital organs in our body, and it is important to be at a healthy weight, yet sad in the sense that this is such a rare view. But is it a case of generation differences, cultural views, the media? Or does beauty come down to that one simple saying; that it is in the eye of the beholder?
As I continued my commute down the high street, I began to observe the many passer byers and notice their looks. What I think is a beautiful man or woman, may differ to that of my friends. We’ve been friends for years and have shared similar experiences, so where does our idea of beauty stem from and is there one singular definition?
I’m so glad and proud to be apart of the generation who are changing the face of beauty, that people are now recognising that people from all walks of life are beautiful. There are now movements such as Changing the Face of Beauty, Madeline Stuart‘s debut at New York Fashion Week in November- the first person with Downs Syndrome to model. I love the diversity that the fashion world is now portraying, in shape, sizes, height, disabilities, colour, race- because everyone is unique and beautiful and we should celebrate diversity.
But we need to do more, we need to stop comparing ourselves to others, because everyone’s body and facial features are unique and beautiful in their own way.
Beauty is an appreciation of diversity and our uniqueness- celebrate you.