What makes a person beautiful?
It is a combination of inner beauty (psychological factors) and outer beauty (physical attractiveness). Beauty is defined with individual, cultural and universal standards which every single person desires to achieve.
Throughout time and across cultures, there are several characteristics of physical attractiveness. Boston or not, beauty is:
- proportion and layout among facial features (Proportion: The Rule of Thirds and Fifths)
- well aligned appearance on profile
- Clear, Smooth, Even Skin
- A Youthful Appearance.
Although we are ranked as one of the countries most intelligent cities, we don’t fare so well in the areas of physical attractiveness (or friendliness for that matter!). It’s 2011 Boston! You can be both smart AND beautiful.
We look in the mirror over 30 times a day focusing on “flaws” that do not fit our individual standard of beauty. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks – not your best friend, not your husband, not your mother – if something bothers you, it is significant. Our conservative culture makes it difficult to attain our individual goals in beauty. We have questions, but don’t know where to seek answers. So, we rely on our best feature – our intelligence – and go on the internet, or read magazines.
The Beauty Industry
We spend half our paychecks trying to look good, we invest so much hope and money in the “next best thing” to fix our appearance, and continuously feel let down. Companies and products capitalizing off a basic human need is a 14.5 billion dollar industry, and as a nurse, reminds me of our healthcare system! The best of contemporary science and medicine offers the ability for us to achieve outer beauty. As a provider of both healthcare and aesthetics, and as a woman who idolizes Barbie (not just because she’s blonde) it is my individual goal to help educate about aesthetics in a way our culture Boston culture understands – through science!