Beauty is the seed of inspiration, the catching of the breath, a feeling that the hairs have raised on your arms, a soft focus of vision, a throwing back of the head, a sparkle, a presence, a whirlwind of scent that may or may not be there, a focus outward that shows you something you didn't know about yourself. Beauty has been codified but true beauty is beyond understanding or definition and will stun you as it has mankind since the beginning of time.
Beauty, unfortunately, is a commodity. And that is something our society has defined. Yes, beauty is inside the person. It can shine through the eyes, or it can be a lilt of the voice. But increasingly beauty is also something that is a tangible byproduct of a very materialistic culture. How many billions of dollars are spent developing "beauty" products for the hair, skin, and nails? Very few women anymore present themselves to the world without spending hours in front of a mirror. And this is every day! One time I asked my ex-wife why she spent an hour each day applying makeup. She had no answer. I told her she didn't need makeup. She had an excellent complexion. But it made no difference. Women (and men) are conditioned to accept a phony image of themselves. For men it's muscles. For women it's 15 layers of glop.
beauty is the eye of the beholder.. may be I'm beautiful in the eye of my hubby (hopefully) lol not in the eye of the other men. Well, the media like magazines and TV make the stereotypye of beauty.. slim, big eyes, long hair, long legs, and young..
Beauty can be an outer beauty or inner. True beauty is a package deal(think there's even a show about it called True Beauty). Someone can be a knock out on the outside and really mean inside which makes them ugly to me, or vice versa.
I agree, I have seen men who are so totally gorgeous, yet when they open their mouth I just want to vomit. There is nothing like a conceited attitude to make an attractive looking person seem repulsive. Everyone wants to look their best, but attitude counts and how you treat others counts even more. Not that I'm knocking good looks. Looking like you don't care about your appearance can also be a sign of a distorted self image. You're right beauty can be both inner and outer.