Beauty can be rewarding
by Myra Cheah
Beauty can be plagiarized as the worst thing ever. The health risk and time that is put into the art of beauty is seen as vile to some. However, there are always two sides of the story.
Spending hours and tons of money on make-up and hair might seem excessive. To others it’s their everyday life.
Joan Rivers, a popular comedian who is 78 years old, has undergone an unprecedented number of plastic surgeries – 734 operations she jokes. In her current reality tv series, “Joan and Melissa: Joan knows best,” Rivers showed how she underwent her latest surgery. When she revealed her plans for another surgery, her daughter Melissa worrying that perhaps enough is enough staged an intervention. However, the intervention backfired when Rivers argued that if she paid for everyone’s operations they would do it, not one person argued against her.
Now plastic surgery is costly and time-consuming, but that isn’t the only thing to beauty. Beauty can range from pretty much everywhere from that volumizing shampoo to a nip and a tuck. Even deodorant is part of this category! Now granted, there are people who don’t use deodorant, but it’s pretty much a given that once one is old enough to produce body odor most people go out and get themselves a stick of deodorant. After all, you don’t want to be remembered as the stinky person for the rest of your life.
Also, many women opt for the au naturale look for their daily appearance, but the truth of the matter is more often than not it’s not truly au naturale. Women shave their legs, thread, pluck, or wax their eyebrows, straighten or curl their hair and many more beauty activities to even achieve looking “au naturale”. So, in all honesty, many who criticize those that wear make-up, are also people who care about their own beauty in the end.
The truth of the matter is that beauty is vain. Humans are vain creatures. By looking pretty we psychologically believe that we are pretty and pretty means our confidence grows. There are always going to be people who have the need to be the wicked Stepmother in Snow White, to be the “prettiest of them all”, just like there are people like Cinderella that are just naturally beautiful.
Wearing make-up and using beauty products doesn’t make one trashy, or lose their self-esteem. It might not though make you into the next Taylor Swift. Beauty can transform someone into the Joker, a zombie, or even a princess. It all depends how one uses it. So before writing off that beauty makes everyone into the next Paris Hilton or Miley Cyrus, think about it, beauty can also accentuate someone’s look into the next Kate Middleton. It’s not just for hookers, it’s for the everyday person. Beauty has its rewards and downfalls; it all depends how much or how little you oblige in it.
Beauty is not about the looks.
by Corrie Krumdick
We live in a society that values beauty over almost everything. So much effort is put into putting on makeup and making a supposed beautiful face, but in reality, creating a supposed beauty covers true beauty.
People spend insane amounts of time and ridiculous amounts of money to achieve what they consider to be beauty. Whether it be with a thousand plastic surgeries or hours on hair, resources are wasted. Time is spent at the hair salon, at the doctor, in the store buying products, and at home putting it all together.
In 2004, Americans spent $12.4 billion on cosmetics, an amount of money that is 33% larger than the amount needed each year (in addition to current expenditures) to provide water and sanitation for all people in developing nations, and, ironically, since cosmetics are often advertised as symbols of women’s rights and independence, just slightly larger than the amount needed each year (in addition to current expenditures) to provide reproductive healthcare for all women in developing countries.
So, knowing that, what is the true definition of beauty? Is beauty looking beautiful, or is beauty having a generous heart? Thats what is comes down to. In the grand scheme of things, Humans are vain. We worry about what people think of us, and how we appear. We don’t, however, look inside ourselves to see what we truly are. Instead of worrying about being physically beautiful, when it comes down to it, being beautiful is more about being a beautiful person.