Less than a century ago, the dictionary defined beauty as “properties pleasing the eye, the ear, the intellect, the aesthetic faculty, or the moral sense”. Today, the default definition of beauty is narrow, focusing only on what is pleasing to the eye. This change has gained momentum because, for a long time, beauty, even natural beauty, has been defined by the media, movie starts, Hollywood, the model industry, big cosmetic brands. I grew up in a small village, and I couldn’t relate to the idea of beauty brought to you by putting layers on your face to cover your skin. When I moved to London, the pressure increased to fit a certain image, get a job when you look a certain way, be noticed when wearing certain things and soon, having been pure, I started playing along the game. People say, beauty is outwardly focused – a mask that we put on, or what we project in order to please others – we make a game for ourselves that is impossible to win.
Researchs shows that for most females, the inner beauty critic arrives at age 14 and continues to erode her self-esteem as she ages. In addition, research show that people who accept their looks are happier and healthier – the stress of fighting who you are can affect your health which in turn affects your physical beauty.