Harm in Beauty

I stand on the stage, adrenaline racing through my body, the only thing I am thinking about is winning.  Every second that passes feels like hours, the anticipation is slowly killing me. The moment we’ve all been waiting for, the winner of the Miss New England beauty pageant is announced. At this moment one beautiful girl’s world just built up around her, simultaneously twenty four other beautiful girls’s world just collapsed around them. Twenty four girls, including me, reluctantly trudge off the stage to retrieve their belongings. They shoo away their parents, tell them not to talk to them. The next few days are full of questions for these twenty four girls, “What did I do wrong?”, “Why is that one girl better than I am?” ,”Am I not beautiful?”       beauty pagents

So I set off to prepare , hoping that I will be named “The most beautiful” in the next beauty pageant. After more weeks and thousands of dollars in preparation, all I can do is hope that I will be the most beautiful girl at the next pageant. After another heavy let down, I start to realize that three measly judges do NOT know how beautiful I am. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

The problem with beauty is that not everybody sees it as an internal quality. Everybody is too quick to judge a person’s beauty by only their appearance. When someone is not told they are beautiful, they believe that their personality is not beautiful either. A person can form diseases that can overcome their lives simply because they do not believe that they are beautiful. For example an eating disorder can over take a person’s life if they are exposed to stereotypes of beauty. Not only does media play a large part in making young girls not feel beautiful, but personal experience as well. Famous actresses and models are forced to be unnaturally skinny to make them “beautiful.” This form of beauty is only an illusion. Photoshop and expensive make-up has corrupted the definition of beauty. Beauty lies in the soul.

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  1. Personal with good information…you should respond to the Kubler-Ross quote (don’t make the reader guess why you included it!)
    Need to work on formatting. These are getting better at identifying the problem. Your comment: “Not only does media play a large part in making young girls not feel beautiful, but personal experience as well. Famous actresses and models are forced to be unnaturally skinny to make them “beautiful.” This form of beauty is only an illusion. Photoshop and expensive make-up has corrupted the definition of beauty. Beauty lies in the soul.” Look up Naomi Wolf “The Beauty Myth” and these poems: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/barbie-doll/
    http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173742
    RUBRIC:
    deeply reflective; some information synthesized to construct new meaning; well organized
    written in an interesting style and voice; words used are carefully chosen;
    all words spelled correctly; no grammar errors; need to fix formatting to make the post more interesting and easier to read
    multiple pieces of multimedia; post is fully categorized and tagged

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