LittleBeautyBook: The Definitive (Un)Guide to Beauty
I've spent a lot of time thinking about beauty over the last few years.
Okay, I've spent a lot of time thinking about beauty my whole life...because I'm a girl in the western world, and growing up GIRL in the western world basically means that by the time we can walk we're being inundated with other people's definitions of beauty, the media's definition of beauty, Hollywood's definition of beauty, and horny teenaged boys' definition of beauty.
Which got me wondering...
What is beauty, anyway?
Think about it, I mean really think about it. Hard.
Can you define beauty—string together several words or so that sum it up in a nice little sentence of a package? Can you recognize beauty, identify it instantly if it were to pass you on the street? Call it by its name if you saw it out in public, “now THAT is beauty!”
What is it?
Is it a noun: a person, place or thing? Is it an essence—something you can capture, something you can bottle? Is it a state of being? Is it a look—like the way your mother looks at you when you’re sleeping? Is it a secret formula of dimensions and angles and ratios that make up a face, a body, a vessel?
Or is it something that’s impossible to truly see, only sense? Is it none of these things? Or is it all? And if or when we finally grasp it, can we keep it? Or is it fleeting like a day, like a week, like a year? Does beauty expire? Is beauty constant? Does it change? Expand? Contract? Adapt?
What is beauty?
I don't know if there will ever be a cut and clear answer. That saying, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," is a saying for a reason, you know?
We all have our own definitions.
I created littlebeautybook: The Definitive (Un)Guide to Beauty to take a humorous stab at my own definition of beauty, to share some of my strangest but totally (little)foolproof beauty secrets, and to prompt you to see the beauty in yourself.