I have always been intrigued by the word beauty. Though since childhood I have been told that Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. But, while growing up I really couldn’t understand whether people really meant that when they used to quote beauty. In today’s world where we want that perfect selfie so as to post that flawless picture on instagram, what exactly beauty mean? Does having blue eyes like Aishwarya Rai, Madhur Dixit’s smile, pouty lipes like Angelina Jolie, perfect butt like Kim Kardarshain make someone beautiful?

Recent unblushed video featuring Radhika Apte tells women to find their own beautiful. For those who haven’t seen the video, it shows the actress talking to one of her younger pics pondering what she wishes she could tell her younger self today. Would she like younger Radhika to talk less and study more? Or not cry after losing that fancy-dress competition? Or would she tell her how fantastically her life was going to change in the future? However, she would only like to tell her younger self, “You are beautiful”. The video tries to tell that women should love themselves. It tells that women should love their imperfections. It tells that women should not define their beauty based on social norms.It tells that everyone is beautiful despite their height, weight, hair, eyes or skin color. Agreed!

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

However, when I ponder over the video I understood that it  talks only about the external appearance. Appearance is a very powerful tool but at times it is superficial.So, is beauty all about physical appearance, only about how one looks? Is beauty all about eyes, hair, height and weight?

“That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste.”
John Green, Paper Towns

Since childhood I have been told that I am the ugly duckling in the family. I remember once my cousin mentioned in front of my family members that she would never ever want a child who would look like me. I was a kid that time didn’t really realise what it meant. Somehow, I made peace with this and I  started believing that Screw beautiful I’m brilliant.

“What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.”
Scott Westerfeld, Uglies

A beautiful woman is the one who is humble, who knows what is right for her, who knows how to speak her mind intelligently, who knows how to present herself, who is confident in her own skin, who cares about more than just themselves, who is beautiful in her boldness and her open mind. It’s something that is beyond explanation, it’s something that is beautiful!



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