particularly in this postmodern society? Despite the adage that beauty/handsomeness is only skin deep, looks do matter. In fact, the more attractive a person is, the more privileges he/she receives. In this image obsessed society, particularly the entertainment business, doors are opened for those who are beautiful/handsome which are NOT OPENED for the plain to homely. Attractive people are treated better and usualy earn more than those who are not blessed in the looks department.
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Yes, however, beauty is beauty no matter what one does and if one is very aethestically challenged so to speak, no amount of clothes and personality will make such a person attractive!
Asking "what is beauty" is a lot like asking "what is normal". The answer is going to be different for everyone. What do you consider to be the traits of an "aesthetically challenged" person?
A person who would be considered homely or even ugly according to the societal/majority consensus. A person who is hard on the eye so to speak and is generally repulsive. Each time you look at such a person, you wince as if in pain!
Beauty to the human eye = balance. That's why we admire well proportioned--balanced--faces. That's why some art is enduring. The Mona Lisa painting is balanced in dozens of ways.
Unbalanced stuff is ugly,
I'm speaking more about the trends. There are certain styles (hair and body types included) that become popular, and are known as "hot", so many people attempt to look that way. What becomes popular amongst the majority is what causes the changes.