BEACH VIBES: And what they reveal about human beauty
THE beach taught me something valuable recently. Like many guys, I can often find beautiful members of the female persuasion rather intimidating. The thought of approaching these goddesses of beauty and striking up conversation is quite frightening. I’m sure many ‘nice guys’ out there will empathise here.
It’s fair to say that our perceptions of beautiful people are largely obscured by how the media portrays them to be. At nightclubs or social gatherings, people of beauty are further armed with seductive scents, makeup, carefully crafted hairstyles and outfits that attack the imagination.
On the beach much is revealed. One might realise that beneath our seductive garments we all have blemishes and spots; birthmarks or scars. Even the most beautiful are perhaps not as attractive as one might imagine them to be if clad in clothing. The ocean washes away makeup and the salty water frizzles our hair. The beach reveals a large portion of our true selves.
It then becomes easy to single out the secure from the insecure; the one’s fixated on appearance from the one’s who are comfortable in their own, imperfect skins. Beauty is exuded by those with confidence and a sense of fun. It’s not so much about how our bodies look by anyone’s standard, but how to choose to behave within them; and there’s nothing preventing us from taking good care of them.
So enjoy your body, and viva the beach! And now a quick word from Gwyneth Paltrow:
“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick” – Gwyneth Paltrow
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