Today, I want examine internal validation of beauty, instead of looking at how external factors judge what makes us desirable.
How would you answer the question: What makes You Feel Beautiful?
In a recent social experiment aimed at capturing different visions of beauty and document participants’ own impressions of what makes them feel beautiful, the eBay Fashion Blog team sent photographers Alizon Luntz and Viola Gaskell out on the streets of New York and Seattle to ask 80 random people just that question.
People listed family, exercise, the outdoors, and even brushing their teeth essentials to their feelings of being beautiful. One of my favorite answers comes from one of the Seattle people: “Life just makes me feel happy and beautiful–waking up every day and looking at all the beauty in the world.”
I wish I could wake up feeling like that every day.
Short and chunky, I’ve never measured up to the standard ideal of beauty. Something I came to terms with a long time ago. My own answer would probably be closer to another Seattleite’s answer: “What makes me feel beautiful is my accomplishments, big and small.”
Accomplishments and challenges are linked to confidence for me. I like to challenge myself to do new things and accomplish hard goals, reaching those goals makes me feel confident. And when I’m confident, I feel beautiful.
Check out all the pictures and answers from the experiment and then share what makes you feel beautiful in the comments below.
You can follow the Tweets that started with this experiment by searching for #MakesMeFeelBeautiful.