A few weeks ago, I was taking a last look at Instagram before going to sleep and I came across the February 2021 Vogue Singapore Digital Cover, which instantly captured my attention. Three beautiful women hugged in a very affectionate way, two of whom were very young, meeting the profile of the cover of one of the most famous fashion magazines in the world, and the third, for my surprise, a beautiful lady with a totally different profile than the magazine normally publishes.
Immediately, I was curious to know who that beautiful woman was and, thanks to technology, I found her profile and loved what I saw! I started to follow her and decided to repost what she had done 3 days ago with the photo on the cover of the magazine. It didn´t pass much time before she followed me back. We exchanged some messages until I proposed an interview and she kindly accepted (You can watch the interview in the end of this post). Since then I have been very thoughtful about the concept of beauty.
After all, what is Beauty?
Although the concept of beauty is much more linked to character and feeling than to something or someone it awakens in us, when I Google the word ´Beauty´ and select on Images, I received an avalanche of photos with beautiful young and thin women, except for rare exceptions. This only reinforces the evolution (is it really?) of the concept of beauty and the standard imposed by the beauty and fashion industries, and very well received by our society.
When I launched this Blog, I wrote an article about how the beauty standards of our society hinder the communication that brands try to keep with us, mature women - “Which brands represent you”? If you haven't read it yet, I think you might like it.
Is beauty a synonymous of youth, slim body and perfect face? Does beauty lie in forms only? Where does the content come in end?
I remember that at the age of 20, I loved my body. I had finally arrived at the shape I wanted, combining a healthy diet and a good exercise routine. I thought it was perfect for me. Well, at the age of 26, I got pregnant and the body I loved so much was no longer the same. When I got pregnant for the 2nd time I got chipped! I felt my bone structure widen and the time I had to dedicate to my exercise routine no longer existed. That is, bye bye dear shape.
If I would like, at (almost) 50, to have my 20 year-old body? Yes, of course! But would I be willing to pay the price for it? No!!! My priorities have changed and so has the concept of beauty. From the top of my 49 years, I find myself more interesting than ever! I owe it to the experiences I had and the security and self-confidence I gained from them. Today I am sure that my body is home to my soul. And that, to me, is beauty!
Beauty is everywhere, but speaking of physical beauty, it is nothing more than the representation of what is within us. If life is movement and transformation, beauty could not be different. Throughout life we have undergone several transformations and when we lose the luster in the skin, the collagen, the youth in appearance, we gain wisdom and youthfulness in our soul. We learn to be more aware of ourselves, what is good for us and what does not add to us. You are not wise at 20. Wisdom requires experience and the cost is not low, but the package is well worth it! It is beautiful to see the daughter becoming the mother and the mother becoming the grandmother. This is the course of life and beauty lies in that movement.
As we are in the month where International Women's Day and many achievements of the female universe are celebrated, I decided to explore this theme a little more in order to encourage you to take ownership of your essence. To look in the mirror and learn to like what you are seeing. The fact that you are unique already makes you beautiful! Beauty is within you. Be generous with the world and design your interior so that everyone can appreciate you.
Returning to beautiful Judith, our chat was very enriching and I want to invite you to watch it. I'm sure it will inspire you.