True Beauty

True BeautyI guess it is safe to say that each person has a different standard for beauty. What I may find exquisitely beautiful may be disappointingly plain in your eyes. Likewise, what you may find extremely attractive may seem hideously repulsive to me. Quite laughable, actually, but quite true also. But no matter how diverse our preferences are, we usually come to terms with a general “standard” for beauty.


So, what makes a person beautiful? Is it the big and expressive eyes or the small and mysterious ones? Tall and straight nose or the button-like cute nose? Full and luscious lips or thin and pale? Or perhaps it’s not the individual details, but the overall effect of the combination of all these facial parts. How about the body structure — long and slender, or short and squat?

With the widespread fad of aesthetic surgery, we have become more superficial in our standard for beauty. We look at the facial features of famous Hollywood actors and copy them. We work out several times a week to achieve the perfect abs of the hottest movie star. We meticulously practice every makeup trick designed to make us look like someone else that we perceive as beautiful. But is beauty really just skin-deep?


Sometimes, we “fall in love” with a person’s looks and find that later on, we cannot bear to be with that person anymore because we cannot bear that person’s bad character. And then, there are times when we meet person who does not quite reach our standard for beauty but we come to love that person deeply in spite of the lack of physical beauty. And yet, when we gaze into that beloved person’s face, we see the most beautiful person in the world.

Beauty, after all, is not just skin-deep. Yes, we can be initially drawn to a person by how he or she looks, but later on, it’s what’s in the heart and character that will radiate outside and show us the real beauty of that person.

How about you — what do you think makes a person beautiful?

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Israel Bans Ultrathin Models

The fashion industry has long debated the use of ultrathin models. Now lawmakers in Israel are attempting to ban them.

A new law passed on Monday requires that male and female models in Israel must have a body mass index (or BMI, a measure of weight proportionate to height) of no less than 18.5—a standard used by the World Health Organization—or a note from a doctor saying they are not underweight before they can be hired for a modeling job. A six-foot-tall model, for example, must weigh no less than 136.5 pounds.

The legislation also bans use of models who “look underweight,” and creators of ads must disclose whether they used Photoshop or graphic programs to manipulate images to make the models look skinnier.

Lawmakers are hoping the measure encourages a healthier body image among teens and fights the spread of eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia. According to a study cited by the Associated Press, 2 percent of girls aged 14 to 18 in Israel have eating disorders.

“Beautiful is not underweight,” Rachel Adato, one of the lawmakers who voted for the bill, told Reuters. “Beautiful should not be anorexic.”

Adi Barkan, a top modeling agent in Israel who helped Adato craft the law, described underweight models favored by the fashion industry a bit more bluntly: “They look like dead girls,” Barkan told the AP.

Source: Yahoo News

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