The notion of beauty as applies to a woman is often confounding. There are various cultural preferences when it comes to beauty. Some cultures prefer women with voluptuous bodies, others like them thin. In the western world, beauty has been largely stereotyped by media propaganda. Media often distort perceptions of beauty for the sole purpose of commercial greed. “A Danish magazine has got into hot water for using a model so thin she looked dangerously malnourished. The publication had to issue an apology, and also faces criticism for removing negative Facebook comments.” – RT News.
RT News further reported:
“In Cover we try to have a nuanced beauty ideal, and we say no to anyone, where we think there is something wrong. We will not work with girls who are sick. The image of the model reproduced in the media now, I would certainly wish not to have printed.”
When the channel asked her if she green-lighted the photo despite seeing it first, Malling replied: “There are several issues here. There is the question of whether such a girl at all should work, and it is up to the model agency and the girl herself. The question for us is whether we should have printed it or not. I advocate that Cover portray beauty as being many things. But of course, Cover does not celebrate a beauty ideal that looks sickly.”
Women should never fall for western-style beauty commercialisation. God created women to be beautiful in His sight, for He declared that “every thing that he had made, …., was very good.“ Why should any woman think otherwise of herself? Not feeling beautiful is all about perceptions, for beauty is only skin deep. Under the skin lies the real person which is beautiful in her own ways. But it is the individual’s responsibility to nourish and cherish the body. Neglect does destroy innate beauty.
RT News carried this story about Maddy, who has Down syndrome:
Maddy Stuart, a Brisbane girl with Down syndrome, has taken social media by storm, with thousands of fans worldwide praising her for her zeal to become a model and inspire other teens like herself to challenge stereotypes and notions of beauty.
Maddy, 18, wants to change the way the world views people with Down syndrome.
“Your self-confidence is amazing. You need to speak to all girls your age whether they have Down syndrome or not about being proud of who you are and challenging conventions. I have students telling me they can’t do something because they are a girl, have a learning disability, or some other excuse they come up with. Never let anything stand in your way. You are awesome,” Delia Edling stated on Maddy’s FB page.
Away from the limelight of mass media, are many ordinary women who may not be described by stereotypes as “beautiful”. But every child is precious and beautiful in the eyes of her parent. Only the parent understands what beauty is. When that life begins its journey from the mother’s womb and into the world, that little bundle is the marvel of creation – beautiful.
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.