There has been a lot of press and talk this week about what makes a person beautiful or cool. The old adage, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is so very true. In the eye of this beholder, the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch would definitely not capture my eye as someone “beautiful”. And, since we’re always honest with each other here, I’m confident he wouldn’t find me beautiful either. My other physical attributes aside, the mere fact my waist line won’t fit in a size 10 or less would disqualify me from his characterization of both cool and beautiful.
Guess what? I’m okay with that – because to the people who matter to me…I am cool. I am beautiful. My twelve year old nephew thinks I’m the coolest Aunt ever and his opinion matters more to me than any CEO ever will.
The purpose of my post is not to rail against the CEO of A & F – he is entitled to his view of beauty, just as I am to mine. AND, as America is a free market, he and his company have the right to advertise to whomever they want. While I, as a consumer, have the right to patronize and support whatever store I want.
People find beauty in different places and in different people. The more open we are to finding beauty, the more our lives will be blessed by both wonderful people and places. Most importantly, though, I believe its critical to find beauty within ourselves. Learning to love ourselves, regardless of our pant size, hair color, or bust size is a critical component of finding both peace and happiness.
So this next week as we are bombarded with advertisements, articles and opinions on how to become more “beautiful”, remember YOU are unique and special and there are others out there who want to see the beauty in you. The more you believe you are beautiful (both inside and out) the more that will show through and bless those around you.
Go on…Be Beautiful!