The  Beauty Column: Is Beauty Skin Deep ?

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As harsh as it sounds, some people claim that the ‘beauty is skin deep’ saying is only used by people who aren’t aesthetically blessed. What I want to deconstruct is whether beauty really is skin deep, or whether it’s an old saying which has been passed down through generations. Today, the definition of beauty is completely and utterly blurred, and struggles to be defined in a single sentence.

Personally, I believe in inner and outer beauty. You get the obviously beautiful people who you stare at for about five minutes trying to figure out whether they’re actually a real person or not, and you also come across beautiful souls. Beauty is extremely subjective, however I believe a beautiful personality plays a huge role in how you perceive somebody aesthetically.

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Pair the most beautiful human with the ugliest personality, and you’ll see the stereotypical barriers shatter, resulting in an outer shell of perfection with no depth beyond it. I think it’s ignorant to believe that being beautiful depends solely on your physical attributes, because there are other factors which undeniably contribute.

No amount of makeup can disguise an ugly personality and sometimes, physical beauty can be superficial and not as important as a person’s inner beauty. I know it can all sound a little far-fetched and inspirational, but ask yourself this. A pretty face and an ugly personality, or a beautiful soul? You can change your face but your morals, beliefs and actions are hard to mould indefinitely.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re all guilty of being judgemental and defining people based on their physical appearance, but it’s about time we looked a little deeper, thought a little harder, and spent a little longer on getting to know the person behind the face. If we were all to look the same, the beautiful personalities would certainly stand out.

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As a society, we’re generally quite obsessive when it comes to makeup and the notion of being beautiful, but maybe if we focused a little less on it, we’d learn to become beautiful people inside and out, rather than focusing on the exterior we’re so commonly judged upon. Just a little food for thought. Embrace your inner and outer beauty, and appreciate the beautiful faces AND the beautiful souls.

In the wise words of Audrey Hepburn: “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years”. So hold on to and appreciate the fact that beauty grows as you do.

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