We have an ideal standard of what we consider beautiful in our culture. Typically, our agreed upon ideal can be represented on any fashion magazine, in our movies and on city billboards. Our women see the model standards in which they would have to adhere to reach that goal. For guys, it is no different. We have our own standards to live up to. We must be tall and muscular as well as present confidence. We think these standards are often near impossible to reach by us mere everyday humans, but perhaps not. There exists a loop hole created by the impossible standards themselves.
When we paint our faces with makeup what are we really trying to convey to others with our blushing cheeks, full red lips and wide inviting eyes? When we spend hours in the gym slimming down and building up our chiseled muscular form what are we hoping to convey in our physical appearance? We wrap our painted and chiseled bodies in the best brands of clothing and accessories to display the best of ourselves. But have we really considered what we are actually seeking to accomplish?
Vitality, youth, health, friendliness and sensuality are the key elements to beauty in every culture. These common traits are emulated in every form of preening we do across every culture regardless of our individual preferences as societies. And we subconsciously measure each other based upon how well we can emulate these key elements.
These key elements are more easily achieved than merely seeking to emulate them. In our efforts to emulate vitality, youth, and health we can actually destroy our health, our skin and muscles and break our bodies down. The Japanese women once broke the bones in their feet to achieve the ideal of a petite beautiful foot. Certain cultures in Africa utilize neck rings to forcibly extend the cervical spine over time to extend their neckline. In some cultures, voluntary starvation is practiced to maintain an ideal waif-like body weight.
All these practices actually work against the ideal we are hoping to convey to others. Sensuality is not exhibited in our short skirts but within the way we feel about ourselves and with our partners in the privacy of our own homes. We spend hours in the gym because we have not incorporated enough activity and exercise in our daily lives. We portray youth by having a positive outlook on life. Vitality encompasses every aspect of our appearance when we are truly healthy and open to new experiences and meeting new people. These key elements are easily obtained and portray within us the unique and uncommon beauty that we each possess.