A Poem and an Ugly App: I'm Beautiful After all.

The Ugly Meter App

The ugly meter rating should always be taken with a pinch of salt, after all Brad Patt had a 10 rating--totally ugly.
The ugly meter rating should always be taken with a pinch of salt, after all Brad Patt had a 10 rating--totally ugly. | Source

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Feeling ugly—all the time, sometimes, never? Statistics show that not many people feel beautiful. In fact, one survey done among UK and American girls show that 77 percent feel that they’re ugly. And who can blame them? The media would have us believe that thin and slim is perennially in and desirable. The commercials on TV tell us we need shiny hair, bright teeth or the flawless complexion to feel beautiful. Bombarded daily by countless images of perfection (did we slow down to remember that most are digitally enhanced and airbrushed?), ugly can become real when you make the comparison.

If you’re feeling ugly and you don’t need any more reminders. Here’s one that will put ugly in its perspective. Recently, there is a smartphone app that you can purchase for just 99 cents that can gauge your level of ugliness. Named “The Ugly Meter,” it will analyze a picture of you or any object and give you a rating. 10 means ugly, as ugly as it can get and 0 means very attractive. It also delivers an insult or a compliment, depending on the level of ugliness.

If there’s any consolation to those of us feeling not quite beautiful, here’s what the The Ugly Meter thought of two extremes of male attractiveness:

Brad Pitt scored a whopping 10: As ugly as it can get

Howard Stern: 0.0—way too sexy

If you’re thinking what I’m thinking—that the rating is laughable—then, it goes to show that ugly can be beautiful—it’s all in the eyes of the beholder (glad the adage still stands).

If you’re still feeling ugly, there are options. There are many beauty aids and procedures that can help in this department. Then, there's another option that is free and totally attainable---cultivating inner beauty . Ok, it may sounds all too naïve and idealistic but if you think about it—it’s the one quality that ultimately endures—even old age can’t age that.

The flower outside my window reminds me of this all over again--that true beauty shines. The joy, love, compassion, the genuine interest and care you have for people around you, the sense of humor and wonder will shine through and make you truly beautiful.

Unpretentious Beauty of Cactus Orchid

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Outside my window

Softness glows

Lit from within

Above chaos and din

An attitude so pure

Bold yet demure

It doesn’t demand

It doesn’t command

It’s no attention hoarder

Just a quiet reminder

That true beauty shines

From an inner place

A higher expression of grace.

True beauty runs deep--it sprouts from an inner glow. If that's the case, you can be as beautiful as you aspires....even without beauty aids. Still, there will be days when you feel ugly--if that's the case, here are some beauty quotes:


Beauty is not in the face;
beauty is a light in the heart. ~ Khalil Gibran

People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.~ John Kenneth Galbraith


A person is only beautiful, when their own beauty, is reflecting on to others.~ Tara Grady

Life is too short to spend hoping that the perfectly arched eyebrow or hottest new lip shade will mask an ugly heart. ~ Kevyn Aucioin

Ugly. Is irrelevant. It is an immeasurable insult to a woman, and then supposedly the worst crime you can commit as a woman. But ugly, as beautiful, is an illusion. ~ Margaret Cho

What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain.~ Victor Hugo


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

haha...this app is useless esp if brad pit scored a 10 and howard stern a 1.

your beautiful poem said it all, angi. Beauty lies skin deep and not just outside so, let's trod along this path and continue writing :)

voted up indeed


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Very nice hub, has humor along with the truth. Beautifully said, '...true beauty shines, from an inner place....'.

Beautiful, and voting up!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I judge beauty by actions, not looks. :) Nice hub, voted up and awesome!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I can't believe they actually have an app with that would score Brad Pitt as ugly. I sure won't be getting it! I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I love your poem and particularly the sayings at the end of the hub that give good definitions of beauty. Hollywood destroys people's self esteem if they let them. Voted up, awesome and useful.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow.. this is wonderful every woman in UK and America needs to read this.. it is so true.. Great writing my friend

Debbie


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teaches12345 4 years ago

The cactus orchid is beautiful! Thanks for the reminder of what true beauty really is in us. I enjoyed your hub and the quotes on beauty.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Haha, Ruchira, this app is qutie useless, in terms of gauging true beauty and but it is good for a laugh or two. Thanks for being the first to comment. Always good to hear from you.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, La Thing, for your positive comments. Appreciate your kind words and many happy returns.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

TToomb, I totally agree with you. Actions speak louder than looks:))


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Pamela, lol on the ugly app but I think the rating is meant to be taken with a pinch of salt. It's a fun app. I agree with your observation about Hollywood--sometimes, it annoys me that they've all the say about what beauty is about. Thanks for commenting.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting and important Hub. Beauty radiates from within. There are quite a few "gorgeous" ladies/men out there, but within a few weeks of knowing some of them, the personality is the opposite.

Media is affecting our teens. They want to look like their "airbrushed" favourite Celeb. I can't believe the amount of women who have breast implants....and we haven't touched on Botox and the plumping of lips. People marry for looks and don't take enough time getting to know the real personality. I could go on and on...

I enjoyed your poem and the photo of the flower is lovely too. You captured it perfectly.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Haha....Yep, the app is stupid. Love your poem and this quote: "Life is too short to spend hoping that the perfectly arched eyebrow or hottest new lip shade will mask an ugly heart." My perception of beauty has a lot to do with happiness and health. Anyone who's happy and healthy looks beautiful to me. No need for designer clothing or $1000 cosmetics.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Deborah, I agree with you. As women, we're often told what beauty is. It's always good to be reminded we're beautiful no matter what.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, teaches12345, I love the cactus orchid too--the persona of true beauty.


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tom hellert 4 years ago from home

Angi,

I dont even wanna see how high my number would be if Stern is a 10...I'm just glad I dont know anyone with one of those apps.

TH


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Great hub, Anglnwu! I guess this app goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder! I say that beauty is as beauty does!

Voted up, up and away!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Lady E, for contributing to this hub with your observations. I appreciate your comments and thank you for your continual support.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Om, I agree with you--anyone who has a sense of humor and smiles often is beautiful. Thanks for dropping by to comment.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

tom hellert, you'll naturally be a 0, which is totally gorgeous...haha, no kidding. Thanks for commenting.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Dexter, totally agree with you--beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Thanks for voting it up and always good to hear from you.


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Your article, anglnwu, was simply delightful and inspirational. Well done!!!

As they say, "Beauty may be skin deep, but ugly is to the bone."

Too much emphasis is placed on eye appeal. There are plenty of attractive women in the United States, but many of them are lacking where it truly matters and this is why they may feel ugly.

Best wishes, behave, and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer

P.S. Voted up and away and Happy Mother's Day!!!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thank you so much, CJ Sledgehammer, for your sweet comments. Good observations--beauty comes from having a good disposition and good character. Enjoy your day.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

anginwu I love this sister. I am grateful I came for a visit. A great reminder for those less then beautiful days. Bookmarked. Thank you for a beautiful share.

This is my favorite!People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

love you anginwu. Keep on girl. (0;


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

So good to hear from you, Skye, glad you enjoyed the read. I love that quote too--so very true. Love you too. Thanks for commenting.


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KevinMillican 4 years ago from Stilwell, OK

The most difficult thing for me is finding that true beauty in someone.

Nice post.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Awwhh...Kevin, sorry about that. But you can if you look long and close enough. You may not find perfection but I'm sure you'll find beautiful souls out there .Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

This is an interesting hub. I didn't know there was an app for "that" but I did know that true beauty comes from within. There are some beautiful people in the world and sometimes if we open our eyes, we might see them staring back our own mirrors. Awesome hub.


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Express, got to love that part about seeing ourselves in the mirror. That would be nice. Thanks for dropping by to comment.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

Seriously? Hahahaha!! What a way to spend idle time. LOL!


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

beingwell, hehe, I think it's a fun app, a little silly but fun. thanks for dropping by to comment.

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