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I have two young girls, they are 8 and 10 years old. I am concerned that this world will try and force them to think that outward beauty is the thing to aim for above all else. I really want to help them believe that the qualities and characteristics that are really important and that are actually worth having are those that you have within you.

I want to show these precious gems that I have under my roof that even though that magazine cover has an image on it that seems flawless. It is the result of hair and makeup artists, professional stylists, and then finally because that still isn’t quite enough, the girl in the photo is airbrushed and altered to fit in to this worlds’ idea of beauty.

I am a firm believer in the fact that you can see a beautiful woman, who obviously spends lots of time and effort looking gorgeous, and you think ‘Wow she is stunning!’ But then she opens her mouth and what comes out is anything but pretty. You then begin to wonder why you thought she was beautiful at all.

What is true beauty?

True beauty shines from within. You can see it by a genuineness in a person’s eyes. By their selfless, loving acts towards others, by their empathy for others less fortunate, for their lack of hypocrisy and double standards and for their open, honest and warm smile.

That is what I want to teach my young girls. In my mind that is real beauty. These are the qualities that others will look up to and will love them for.

I want them both to look in the mirror and love what they see.  Not to be unhappy because they are too thin or too fat or too tall or too short or whatever the style of the day is. I want them to be able to look at themselves and see a beautiful person, because of their amazing qualities, because of their loving spirit and their kind souls.

I think if you are trying to do the right thing. If you are generous, loving and kind hearted then you truly are a beautiful person.

Do you think this world is obsessed with outward appearances? Do you believe that real beauty shines out of a person’s eyes?

  • Yep, the world is too obessessed with appearances. Often, we don’t take the time to meet people if they don’t look good, sad because we can be missing out on the best people

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  • True beauty is by far an internal thing. Ugly or beautiful on the outside, you’re ugly all over if your inner beauty doesn’t exist

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  • Yes, ice always been told that true beauty shines from within. Some people lack both inner and outer beauty

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  • I have a daughter who us the epitome of beauty. She shines from within. She’s empathic, kind caring loving giving and to cap it off, she’s gorgeous too

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  • Interesting! Really interesting article! Thanks for sharing this!

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  • true beauty is what you have on the inside!

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  • Yes sadly I believe in this day and time many people look at outer beauty and superficial things, personally for me true beauty lies within someone x

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  • thanks for sharing with us :)

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  • I too have two young girls and am concerned about how beauty is portrayed in society.

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  • Definitely! True beauty is the beauty within. The world is way way too obsessed with appearances!

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  • I completely agree, I want my beautiful daughter to be confident within herself. I just worry about the attitudes of other people and the effects they will have.

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  • to me true beauty is in the heart and soul

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  • I think that being bright, happy and confident is beautiful

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  • Delightful article – true beauty is seen by the person who genuinely loves you :)

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  • I do believe beauty comes from within and shines from a person and not from their looks

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