What is Beauty?

What is beauty to you? Often we think it’s the obvious things – the supermodel figure and the movie star face, but let’s be honest, how many of us actually have those things. How many of us know someone in our inner circle who does? Not many. Maybe a handful of people we know. So, is the world full of un-beautiful people  with only a select few beautiful ones living in Hollywood or Paris? No, we would be ignorant to think that.

There are beautiful people who cross our paths every day – we see it in them, but not many of them see it in themselves and almost NONE of us see it in ourselves! Why is that? Has our perception of what beauty is been so skewed that we neglect to notice it right in front of us?

When I sat down to think about what #BeautyIs I came up with the following list…

– clean hair
– freshly painted nails
– a contagious laugh
– a naughty look
– good posture
– a confident handshake
– eye contact
– a fun personality
– silly dance moves
– a courageous career move
– a squishy mommy tummy
– soft hands
– radiant skin
– a friendly face
– self-acceptance & love
– a generous spirit
– a listening ear
– a genuine smile
– inner peace
– a warm embrace
– subtle scent
– body confidence

Upon reflection I realised that beauty is in fact all around us, you, me, everyday! We all have the opportunity to embrace our own beauty everyday but so often we don’t! We all possess the power to feel beautiful, the trick is learning how to change our state of mind in order to unlock it.

Once we believe that beauty is a state of mind, we can begin to feel beautiful and confident every day.

This was beautifully demonstrated by Dove in a recent video they released called Dove Patches.

Watch it here first and then I’ll chat more about the outcome…

Throughout the Dove: Patches film, it becomes clear how low self-esteem affects many elements of the women’s lives. As the women become more confident about the way they look, personal relationships flourish and they develop a more optimistic outlook on their daily routine. One of the women who participated shared that she felt ashamed of her arms and had always avoided shopping. A few days into the experiment, she started to feel more beautiful and invited her daughter to go shopping for the first time. The two of them spent an unforgettable day together and they tried on dresses that she had never dreamed of wearing.

“When a woman feels beautiful, she radiates happiness and confidence, which inspires her life in a significant way.” – Dr. Kearney-Cooke.

A question I often ask is how can we teach our children, especially our daughters, to love themselves if we don’t see the beauty in ourselves first? Would we ever repeat what we tell ourselves in the mirror to our best friend or our daughter, our sister or our mom. Not a chance! We would be the first to tell them how lovely they look and what a beautiful person they are. So why is it that we stopped believing that we were beautiful?  dovepatches2

What drives our self esteem and our impressions of ourselves and how can we change our own minds to believe a new narrative about our beauty? No, we don’t actually need a miracle patch, what we need is to start believing the good things about ourselves and our appearance! To start telling ourselves good things! If we have the right state of mind we can unlock a powerful feeling of beauty that lives inside all of us women.

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Can you relate to the women in the video?
How can you change the way you’ve always thought about beauty and your appearance?
If asked can you name one thing about yourself that you think is beautiful?
What conversations should we be having with one another to boost our self-esteem and empower the beautiful real women around us?
What do you think #BeautyIs?

I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment below!

I have 10 Dove hampers including branded white journals for the 10 most thought-provoking comments left below!

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Winners will be drawn and announced on Monday 19 May so get commenting soon!

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

69 Comments
  1. I think it’s a person’s heart that makes them beautiful. A nice, compassionate, caring person is beautiful to me, regardless of how he/she looks #BeautyIs I have shared this giveaway on Twitter (@flutterbymegs! Fingers crossed! xxx

  2. I honestly think the most beautiful a woman ever looks is when she smiles. Magazines and the internet have taught us to pout, to look disinterested, to pull duckfaces. Really? Yes, maybe your eyes crinkle, maybe you get a few extra lines, but there’s no denying that happiness is just GORGEOUS!

  3. Beauty is often hard to put your finger on. Someone with a beautiful spirit and a generous heart can often look perfectly plain but their kindness and genuine caring for those around them can make them the most beautiful person in the world.

    There are so many extremes that women go to in order to make themselves look beautiful by Hollywood standards. Hair, nail and lash extensions, spray tan, straightening their hair, whitening their teeth and the list seems to just go on and on. Yet these women who try so hard very rarely are as truly beautiful as the girl with the smile that lights up the room or the woman who offers an empathetic shoulder to cry on.

    #BeautyIs: a line dancing granny, a woman who laughs from her belly, a kind smile for a stranger, looking a homeless person in the eye and talking to them like a fellow human being, curls and curves, a woman who knows her worth, standing on your own two feet and going after what you want, living your life to the full and choosing what is right for you.

  4. Thanks Becoming you for sharing this video. This video is very insightful and a true reflection of us woman and our insecurities. Our biggest enemies are ourselves and we are the harshest judges. Even when people give us a compliment we don’t always believe them. We should all be embracing our womanhood and the fact that we are all beautiful no matter our age, size or looks. If we can make peace with ourselves and embrace our inner beauty, then we will automatically radiate beauty on the outside. After all we are all unique and beautiful in our own unique way. Also looking after ourselves have a big influence on our emotional well-being. When I feel a bit down and insecure I always take a long hot bath or shower, put on a bit of make up, a hint of my favourite perfume and wash my hair! Also treat people with dignity, respect and empathy. Making other people smile and brightening up someone else’s day makes me feel good inside. The smallest gesture can make a huge difference. It doesn’t have to cost money. A smile or a kind word goes a long way.

  5. Loved this 🙂 I think Beauty is being yourself, natural and always being comfortable in your own skin. U will always get someone better, someone prettier, someone who has more than u but at the end of the day you will not get another u! SO regardless of your color of skin or race and even if u do not have super model figure. U are still beautiful. and Beauty comes within 🙂 So smile at world 🙂

  6. I have 2 daughters aged 6 and 3, and have pondered the ‘beauty’ question often! My mantra to them is ‘being beautiful is not about your clothes or make-up, it’s about being kind, honest and positive’ … Simplistic , and easy to understand for children! We are inundated with unrealistic concepts of physical perfection, and with the degree of photo-shopping being utilized, it is more important than ever that we as a society focus on character building ! A good tip to remember , when meeting young girls, comment less on their ‘cute dresses ‘ and ‘pretty hair’ … Rather ask ‘what’s your fav book’ or ‘ what do you enjoy doing on the weekend’ . Hopefully they can learn that their self worth is not dependent on their physical attributes!

  7. Beauty is God’s handwriting and is only skin deep and every person see beauty in a different way, it’s the doorway from your heart and grows within you .To be true to yourself have fun in life and be cheerful and have a charming personality. Beauty is loveliness, joy,happiness,courage, discipline, integrity, sensible,wisdom,softness,power and it’s art that sparkles and shine in your smile. Beauty is youth and to be like a child to appreciate every small thing around that life offers you. Imperfection is beauty.

  8. I thInk as females we always tend too see the beauty in others and faults in ourselves…to me beauty is how u feel about yourself the way you carry youself and your personality…being confindent and loving yourself will make u beautifulvto those around u

  9. Wow. This video was amazing. I actually started crying as I too feel the way they felt. I still feel like that today. Having 2 daughters, I have learnt to empower them by telling them they are beautiful girls and no one can say otherwise. And that they one day will achieve there goals. I just wish that my mother did that for me growing up. Wish I believed what I am telling mdaughters. Since having my daughters, they have changed me. Before babies, I was all about make up and lots of it. I though that I looked more beautiful when wearing it, my mother never said, Elize that’s to much stop. So I thought make up is beauty. But since having my first one it all changed. She use to wake up on a Saturday, we would have breakfast and she would say.. mommy you are so pretty. Hair a mess, no make up . And that is what she thought is beautiful. Having my daughters has truly changed my way of thinking and seeing the world. Beauty comes from within.

  10. wow, stunning giveaway… I think beauty comes from inside. if you true to your self and confortable with being you.

  11. Beauty is a joy you create, for you! A pleasure, once realised, can change your world. An appreciation of yourself, a sincere love for yourself.

  12. #BeaUtyIs Beyond what the eyes can see! It is a feeling of belonging like what a mother gives to her child, that he/she is loved unconditionally. @Feroza_56446

  13. For me beauty is having a good posture, confident don’t care about people how they talk bad about you as ling as your happy confident, that video inspires me that there is nothing can change you or no beauty patch that change how you n feel about yourself. Show the world that we have unique beauty inside that it needs to be out beauty that they can see from day n night even we are not dress as the celebrity do. We just need to let it out!

  14. Can you relate to the women in the video?
    This video actually stirred up emotions as we all feel that if we use something that says it will make us beautiful we will become beautiful ! i related in the sense that everyday i used to want to do something to make myself feel and look beautiful because i didn’t really know if i was beautiful and this insecurity made me think if i will ever be, especially if i wore or used something or a product that said i will be ?But this was based on a perception i had of what i thought was beauty.

    How can you change the way you have always thought about beauty and your appearance?
    Acceptance of what we are inside and outside of our bodies. If we accept that no matter what we try and use it will not make us beautiful . Our beauty comes from our confidence and stamina to be strong willed and happy !! If we accept and we encourage happy thoughts to be ourselves and have confidence in ourselves we can be beautiful ! “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I never thought i was beautiful and always looked around at everyone else and thinking they are beautiful i want to be like them but it dawned on me i need to accept myself and move on as we all have something everyone else envies. Every woman will look at another woman and think she has a beautiful something and wished they had it too.

    If asked can you name one thing about yourself that you think is beautiful?
    My personality!

    What conversations should we be having with one another to boost our self-esteem and empower the beautiful real women around us?
    We should be standing together strong and telling each other that everyone is beautiful but not emphasizing our looks but emphasizing on our personalities. Even our children as young as they are get affected by wanting to be beautiful. my daughter is 8 and she feels that because she has darker skin than me, she is not beautiful and that is where you know how deeply our society has emphasized on beauty being physical attribute. I tell her everyday that she is the most beautiful girl i know and that is what women all over should do !!! boost others self esteem which will make them strong and greater woman.

    What do you think #BeautyIs?
    So in that light now i think our souls are beautiful and we are beautiful because we must choose to accept that we cannot change the things we don’t like about ourself but we need to embrace what we like the most and use that to be beautiful . I have been told i have a great personality and for me that is my beauty and is everyone else’s!!

  15. Beauty to me is having a pure heart you do something for people out of the goodness of your heart without expecting anything. Be kind, patient, loving, understanding and always respectful to yourself and others.
    Being able to help another and just passing on good advice so that they are able to do the same for someone else, that is beauty to me. When you are always making other people smile even if you’re not able to make yourself that in itself is part of being beautiful.

  16. To me beauty is internal that comes from the heart , beauty is sincere, genuine , kind and extra-ordinary…..external beauty is pure it is not made up or false , it is natural. Beauty is also in the eye of the be-holder. Different people may find different things beautiful. REAL beauty to me is timeless and does not fade.

  17. Beauty is something that comes from the inside and works its way out. If u have a great personality and a good heart it brings out your beauty. Beauty is not something that is defined by everyone else, beauty is defined by ones self. If you think your beautiful so be it your beautiful. Beautiful doesn’t only mean physically, its whats inside that matters.

  18. beauty is definitely something that is on the inside that radiates outwards, having a good heart and being gracious 🙂

  19. Question :Can you relate to the women in video ?

    Answer: Sure, we all have moments like that as women. It really depends on the timing!

    Question: How can you change the way you’ve always thought about beauty and your appearance?

    Answer: The best and easiest way for me is to stop comparing myself to others because everyone is unique.I might think something somewhere else has the perfect figure but that lady in turn also has her own self doubts. She may feel that I have the most beautiful skin with no wrinkles where she has developed lines already.

    Question: If asked can you name one thing about yourself that you think is beautiful?

    Answer: I have a contagious smile and socialable spirit that likes to put others at ease, in order for myself to be at ease.

    Question: What conversations should we be having with one another to boost our self-esteem and empower the beautiful real women around us?

    Answer: We should be complimenting each other more and teaching young girls from an early age that beauty comes from within and is within the eye of the beholder.

    Question: What do you think #BeautyIs?

    Answer: For me personally, the outer appearance is only enhanced when windows of the soul are opened and the person exudes inner qualities that resonate with you.

  20. Can you relate to the women in the video?

    Yes I can

    How can you change the way you’ve always thought about beauty and your appearance?

    By being more confident,engaging more with others,making an effort to try new ideas.

    If asked can you name one thing about yourself that you think is beautiful?

    My eyes

    What conversations should we be having with one another to boost our self-esteem and empower the beautiful real women around us?

    How to empower ourselves to receive and give good compliments.you are beautiful just the way you are,be yourself and others will admire your inner strength.We negate compliments we always feel the need to apologise when told we look good.

    What do you think #BeautyIs?
    Inner confidence is true beauty when you know you have done everything in you power to look good ,you feel good and radiates within you.This attracts others to give you a second look and want to have your feel good glow.

  21. Can you relate to the women in the video?

    Yes I can.

    How can you change the way you’ve always thought about beauty and your appearance?

    I recently starting dancing and it has changed my entire life. I am not longer self conscious. I have learnt to love my body and embrace it. I would encourage other women to do something you enjoy. Society puts so much pressure on us to look a certain way. But we are all different and we are all BEAUTIFUL.

    If asked can you name one thing about yourself that you think is beautiful?

    My shoulders 🙂

    What conversations should we be having with one another to boost our self-esteem and empower the beautiful real women around us?

    I think women should start being real. So often I hear women complaining about how much weight they’re picked up or how their face is sagging. Why don’t we start talking about things we enjoy and things we love about ourselves. We were created differently, there is something special about being a woman! Embrace it! Love yourself and accept the things you cannot change. You will learn to become more confident.

    What do you think #BeautyIs?

    I think beauty is loving who you are and celebrating it. Beauty is soul deep. Beauty is walking with confidence. Beauty is celebrating women. Beauty is you. Beauty is me.

  22. Beauty is becoming you. It is becoming of a woman to be a lady. It is becoming of a lady to be confident, strong, loving, nurturing, bold, brave. Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder… Cliche but so true, we learn this through experience how true beauty radiates from within. A natural glow a perfect smile. Soft and gentle, smooth and sleek, bold and strong yet mild and meek. Beauty is believing in yourself, finding your yourself and embracing your confidence, your smile your personality. With all this in mind, all I need is that special magical touch to top it off… Dove, I feel all these special qualities when iv used dove. I’m not just saying this. Its true, I’d love to win this hamper- its awesome 🙂

  23. Beauty to me is simple, when I was younger I believed I needed to look gorgeous at all times and I also wanted to be part of It Crowd. The older we got the more superficial we became, most of my friends from then, either had or want to have surgical work done. I have a little one now and I cringe at the thought that she may think that way one day.
    To me beauty has become someone with a good heart, one who has kindness, and works to better others lives! Beauty is the Old Woman who wakes at 4 so that she can go and do Manual work for almost no money so that she can better the lives of her Grandkids! and still thinks that she has a pretty good life! These are the type of Woman who have now become my inspiration!

  24. #beautyIs my girlfriend. She’s simply amazing and a few of her qualities are: she’s confident, sweet, loving, beautiful, bold, radiant, nurturing,caring, soft hearted very giving kind.her strength is admirable.she has the sweetest smile which warms my heart thru any rough day. These are a few of her natural qualities. Her skin and hair always soft and silky and her scent is soft clean and fresh. She uses dove products only and I often joke with her and ask if she’s a dove ambassador. But since she’s used dove products, no other product has been used by her. Iv seen and felt a difference in her persoanlity and beauty since she’s used dove. To me beauty is a state of mind and when your state of mind is beautiful, it emits beauty to the world. I’d love to win this hamper for my girlfriend 🙂 thank you

  25. Beauty definitely comes from within. A generous spirit, a kind heart and a genuine smile are components that create beauty. Physical Beauty is ethereal and changes with each specific time – our perceptions of beauty with the prevailing fashions. INNER BEAUTY IS ETERNAL and is not subject to the whims of personal taste

  26. Someone is beautiful if they can accept everyone around them as an equal.Treat others with the same kind of respect and sympaty they expect to be treated with.Beauty comes from within and shines through in your manners.

  27. Beauty is both on the outside and inside, when you are happy on the inside it will shine through to the outside.

  28. I once read this somewhere and think its so true : Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life your beauty will shine

  29. I think becoming you is to just be yourself. To be a women is a person with a strong heart, someone who’s always happy, laughing and cheering all the time.

  30. Beauty is… Staying true to who you are, despite it not fitting into a “click”, despite it not being the norm and despite the funny stares you may get. Beauty is… Embracing you! Embracing that loud laugh and silly grin! It’s emphasizing your qualities and forgetting the things that you see as negatives. It is being confident enough to say, this is me… and I don’t need you to tell me that I am beautiful because I am. Beauty is believing in yourself, even when the odds are against you. Beauty is confidence in you!

  31. Feeling beautiful unfortunately comes as we grow older and wiser and learn to love ourselves, learn to love our bodies despite the imperfections, and find joy in our health, our inner strength, our wonderfulness.

    It is my dream as a mother and I believe for all mothers out there, to ensure that our daughters learn to love themselves and their bodies at a younger age than it took us.

    Love yourself, love your body, you are gorgeous, your are strong, you are unique – each and every women out there, embrace your awesomeness – life is too short for regrets.

  32. Beauty is diffrent things in every person. But I heard a wise person say when I was still a kid that every woman has something beautiful. And men look for that something to find a wife. Some ladies have beautifull eyes, ears, lips. Some have beautiful hands, feet, legs, boobs, or butt. Some is beautiful becauseof their personality, they have spontanous laugh a good sense of humor. But when a women is loved and she loves you back , that is just beautiful an irresistable.

  33. a woman is a beauty from self and to be proud to be a woman and every woman always must look beautyful and gorgeous thats her pride

  34. Beauty to me is being comfortable in your skin and being able to go out looking fresh and clean without tons of make up. Beauty comes from within and it will radiate through without having to fake it with make up. I think keeping it natural is the best thing women can do to their skins.

    Being confident and unique is also very beautiful to me!

  35. What a woman says and how she looks is not beauty in my eyes BUT that what she DOES radiates beauty. When I see inspiring women helping others and helping animals she is the most beautiful woman on earth for me! A woman like that inspires me to be more. My daughter understands beauty like that as well and she radiates beauty when she helps me to feed strays and when she helps her school to make food for less privileged children. She is SO gorgeous!!!

    The happiness that I get from doing things for others is a happiness and radiance that follows me every day and then things around me does not have a huge influence on the way that I feel. My happiness and confidence is safely inside of me 🙂

    Go do something that makes you happy and then look in the mirror that night … You will be more beautiful than ever before!

  36. beauty is accepting yourself that you are amazing, beautiful and strong inside and out. nothing can ever make you beautiful but the belief in yourself will make you accept your beauty 🙂

  37. Beauty is our differences, and uniqueness. Each and every one of us is truly beautiful in our own unique way. Imagine if we all had straight long black hair? Or big beautiful brown eyes? Or if all of us were tall and skinny? The world would certainly be a boring place wouldn’t it?

    Beauty is uniqueness!

  38. Beauty is….Being true to yourself. Believing in yourself & that you are worth something. Beauty is loving yourself & being confident in the skin you are in, even if you are in your thirties still getting your share of the teenage acne you never had at school. Beauty is embracing yourself, the unique & wonderful person you are. It’s waking up in the morning & looking at yourself in the mirror & saying I am beautiful just the way I am!

  39. Beauty comes from within the heart. Beauty comes in different forms for every woman. Natural, wonderful, healthy, fabulous, unique. That’s what you are, and that’s what beauty is.

  40. #beautyIs looking at myself and seeing myself as my children see me. As a teenager I had no confidence at all and was so withdrawn and anti the world because of the way I preceived myself I didnt even have friends it was a burden I carried for many years I have always had very low self confidence to the point where I turned to drastic measures in my life. Then time came for me to have my children and I asked my six year old daughter what she thought of a new outfit I had tried on something I seldom do and she came and put her arms around me and said Mummy I like the way the sun lights up your eyes and makes your hair glow gold like a princess I like the way you smell it makes me think of rainbows and when you laugh it sounds like fairy bells and it was like a light came on in me people who are true and good will see the beauty in you no matter what they dont care if you are overweight have stretch marks or a zit. Tney see you for whats in your heart I dont care if I am perfect I know who I am supposed to be if i dress crazy or dont wear makeup thats ok being beautiful is just about being you the good and the bad and other people who are truly beautiful will see that and not just what you are on the outside

  41. To see the beauty of a person,look into their eyes. The eyes are the window of the soul…& there you will get a glimpse of their beauty,that then enhances their physical features such as smile,skin,glow and thus confidence. So yes,beauty comes from within you & enhances your outer appearance! we all have inner beauty. Nourish it so it spreads to your exterior and becomes infectious!

  42. Can you relate to the women in the video?

    Yes i can. This video inspired me and brought up so much emotions. Being beautoful comes from the inside.

    How can you change the way you have always thought about beauty and your appearance?

    I think if we confident and accept who we are and accept that we are beautiful no matter what. Sometimes we tend to look at other people and if they have the perfect built or the perfect skin it brings us down but we should feel comfortable in our own skin as everyone is perfect and uniquely made.

    If asked can you name one thing about yourself that you think is beautiful?

    My smile

    What conversations should we be having with one another to boost our self-esteem and empower the beautiful real women around us?

    We should be talkin about how beautiful and unique we are. And if we have the confident in who we are and accept we are beautiful we can over come and take on the world. We need to enpower each other about how beautiful and perfect we are. If we are confident and feel good and always have a smile we can overcome anything.

    What do you think #BeautyIs

    Beauty is something that comes from the inside and works its way out. If u have a great personality and a good heart it brings out your beauty. Beauty is not something that is defined by everyone else, beauty is defined by ones self. If you think your beautiful so be it your beautiful. Beautiful doesn’t only mean physically, its whats inside that matters.

  43. Being true to ones self,and confident in your own skin,I don’t really think of beauty as in appearance,beauty is helping others and caring for them regardless of their background,I think beauty it’s more of an essence,a personality,two eyes filled with hope,love,laughter and that is a delight,a smile that is ready for everyone and makes you feel welcomed,a heart that is warm and understanding,a few kind words that lift you out of your gloom or sadness,a helping hand for those who need it at some time in their life…beauty is someone that gives without expecting anything in return,someone beauty within shines through and can be seen by whoever meets meets them…beauty is something that feels like it comes from heaven…true beauty is composed of strength,love,courage,and of course giving

  44. I can def relate, Ive always compared myself to other woman. Yet since having my girls (aged 3yr and 11 months) Ive completely changed my perception of myself, simply because I have vowed to make my girls believe that they are beautiful no matter what. I have grown in so many ways, in that I am now able to accept the loss of my once perky bust because I have fed my babies- whats more rewarding than that? I have the occasional stretch mark and thats ok because my husband still tells me Im beautiful. How am I going to give my girls the confidence they need to find themselves beautiful if I dont believe what I am telling them about myself?
    What do I find beautiful about myself? Id have to say I have beautiful blue eyes, and Im always happy- no matter what.
    The Dove #BeautyIs campaign is awesome and so necessary. Woman Have forgotten how beautiful they are inside. We should build each other up and not nit pick about small things that in the end hurt people.

  45. #BeautyIs feeling good about yourself, and making the effort, making sure you hair and beauty feels good!!

  46. Beauty is being content with who you are, accepting your body and flaws aswell as being confident, friendly and kind. You are the best and most beautiful version of you!!! You are one of a kind ♥

  47. Every women should feel beautiful no matter what anybody tells you, you are the most beautiful when you are comfortable in your own skin. I know everybody has their own body issues, but with confidence in yourself you can make. Like in the video many of the women had confidence issues, and they thought a match would help them gain confidence which it did in the mind. Confidence is all in the head as long as you are happy and confident its all that matters no matter what size or race you are. Beauty is not only superficial and its in your soul when you have a good heart and great confidence it shines through brighter than the sun, and people will notice you.

    I was super shy at school, I always felt like I was being teased and I just didn’t feel confident. But as I grew up I realized its not what others think of me or if they think I’m not pretty. As soon as I got out of that zone in my life I became so much more out going and I just felt happy with the world at my feet.

    Confidence is in your heart you just need to bring it out from the inside. 🙂 You dont need someone to tell you are beautiful just know that you are beautiful inside and out 😉

    Regards
    Nooreen 🙂

  48. Can you relate to the women in the video? absolutely because beauty has always been superficial and unfortunately we seem to receive a warped version of it because of what has been taught to us, portrayed in the media and peer pressure. H
    How can you change the way you’ve always thought about beauty and your appearance? It is all about acceptance of your appearance, unfortunately this is a long journey of discovery and we come to realise that as we mature and discover how superfical it really is. We need to cease conforming to what society portrays and as Mothers/women we need to raise our daughters (and boys) with a better sense of self esteem and how they see themselves.
    If asked can you name one thing about yourself that you think is beautiful? Physically I would say my eyes but there is so much more to me than the physical and if there is one thing I love about myself is my strong will, self determination and independance which will never fade.
    What conversations should we be having with one another to boost our self-esteem and empower the beautiful real women around us? We should be more honest with ourselves and the other women in our lives about beauty and self acceptance. We should avoid the pitfalls of Beauty via Media and stop trying to attain those levels of perceived beauty. Teach our daughters (and sons) that beauty is really superificial and does not last an eternity. Be a positive role model for our kids and others around us…practice what we preach.
    What do you think #BeautyIs? Accepting that as humans we are beautiful and perfectly imperfect in whatever skin colour we have. Having a good character, morals, personality, self esteem is what makes you beautiful on the inside and shows on the outside.
    I was watching BBC Lifestyle Channel 174 “Make Me White” with asian journalist Anita Rani who embarked on this remarkable journey to discover why asian women were hell bent of the path of achieving a lighter skin tone. Anita grew up with her own mother having a preference for a lighter skin which played a role in her own life. The programme really showed how much pressure from not only society and the media, but from those closest to us, how beauty is perceived and then taught and ingrained into others, especially daughters.

  49. I think beauty is a soft and warm loving heart, because that makes you a caring person. If you care for others, you first have to care and love yourself, be kind to yourself, take care of your skin and health, and be the best you that you can ever be. Then you can love other people, and love make you a beautiful person in their eyes. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  50. To me Beauty is being in balance and harmony with whatever Is happening in your life bad/good; loving yourself and showing love, kindness and respect to other people; taking care of yourself physically by bathing, keeping your nails clean and polished, exercising – and spiritually by reading motivational books, going to church and pray.

  51. Thanks Becoming you for sharing this video. This video is very insightful and a true reflection of us woman and our insecurities. I can definitely relate to this video.Our biggest enemies are ourselves and we are the harshest judges. Even when people give us a compliment we don’t always believe them. We should all be embracing our womanhood and the fact that we are all beautiful no matter our age, size or looks. If we can make peace with ourselves and embrace our inner beauty, then we will automatically radiate beauty on the outside. After all we are all unique and beautiful in our own unique way. Also looking after ourselves have a big influence on our emotional well-being. When I feel a bit down and insecure I always take a long hot bath or shower, put on a bit of make up, a hint of my favourite perfume and wash my hair! Once we learn to be content with our bodies and looks we will have confidence and this will automatically show. Also treat people with dignity, respect and empathy. Making other people smile and brightening up someone else’s day makes me feel good inside. The smallest gesture can make a huge difference. It doesn’t have to cost money. A smile or a kind word goes a long way.

  52. Beauty to me is love, light and laughter! You cant go wrong with the above … and off course the amazing smell of Dove!

  53. Beauty is about accepting that u beautiful.Not everyone will have perfect skin tone or flawless face but everyone of us are bebeautiful. Dove is the best product to use to improve ur self esteem. Just three easy step.

  54. I think that beauty is Confidence. When one is able to love yourself for who you are you have a certain confidence and this shines through in everything you do. I also think that having a good heart is something beautiful not all have it but if you have it you have a really special beauty within you 🙂

  55. Beauty is comes from within, its not what you look like. Put a smile on. A world looks brighter from behind a smile. Smiles make us feel good. Beyond that fact, smiling actually plays an important role in brain functioning. Smiling activates brain circuits that enhance positive socializing and allows us to fully experience empathy and express compassion. This leads to a reduction of stress which is known to be damaging to the brain. With less stress you have better self confidence. With better self confidence, you are more beautiful. So smile darling, becuase you ARE beautiful…

  56. Beauty to me is…being able to make other ppl feel beautiful, no matter how hard life gets! To touch other ppl’s life in a good way so i make their life easier.

  57. Beauty is a lady who looks neat and tidy and speaks without using slang and curse words. One can look like a million dollars but undo it all when the language is from the gutter.

  58. Beauty is to see others,to live for others, even with flaws, no one is perfect. To accept that we are all created by GOD who created us in his own image. Beauty should reflect from the inside out, respect for others and GOD and yourself.

  59. wow..what a truly powerful clip..I too have struggled with body issues and the way I look. If only there was a magic patch to give you the confidence you need to feel happy and proud about your body. Ive struggled after having my two kids and have finally gotten to that stage where im just happy to be me. Ive created two miracles and my body is a reflection of that.. I will never be as skinny as I once was, but I don’t want to be either.. im a healthy weight and that makes me happy.. I think beauty is being happy with yourself, without needing to change or cover all your flaws but finding a way to embrace and love them. Beauty is looking at your scars and marks and remembering the journey you took to getting them. I love my kids and wont ever change a thing.. they are my beauty.. the way in which my heart smiles and is happy when I see then play and do things they have never done before.. beauty is in everything..from sleepy cuddles in the morning to little smiles you get for no reason. beauty is not just skin deep.. 🙂

  60. To me real beauty is deeper than just the surface, It should radiate from ones heart, soul and there mind

  61. I believe every woman is beautiful,every person is unique and perfect,you just have to believe in yourself. To have confidence and be proud of who you are is true beauty, I may not be perfect but I work on my inperfections and have confedence in myself. You must be comfortable in your own skin,never compare yourself to others,take for example the beautiful flowers they blossom and grown into true beauty without comparing themsleves to another flower. I also believe true beuaty comes from within,if you are a beautiful person inside it wil glow to the outside,so yes a beautiful personality equals a beautiful person. Be happy,laugh a lot,even at yourself,be kind to others,these are all things that make you beautiful. Very important take good care of your body and it will take good care of you,eat healthy and look after your skin,cleanse,tone and moisturise twice a day,even when you come home late at night. So to me true beauty is having that amazing confidence,believing in yourself,tell yourself every day “I’m BEAUTIFUL,just for being me” be that perfect lady lady well-dressed,well-groomed with the golden key to beauty CONFIDENCE #muchlove to all and remember you are special,perfect and unique just the way you are, don’t every change for anyone,God never makes mistakes,he created you #Perfection #JustBelieve xxx

  62. beauty is how you see yourself from the inside and not the outside. Every women and girl is beautiful. Beauty is your smile, the sparkle in your eyes, your lovely beautiful hair. Beauty is how your husband sees you, admiring every detail of you.

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