What makes a person exceeding beautiful or handsome? Why beauty/handsomeness matter
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.
I don't think it's much different in today's society, but what is deemed as attractive has changed.
It will continue to change, but "attractive" people will always be treated as if they deserve special attention.
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.
It sounds incredibly cliche but beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. One person might find super skinny super model type girls attractive where others are repulsed by them and consider them to be bony instead of beautiful and prefer a more voluptuous appearance. One person might think sharp features on a man makes him took to stern or unapproachable while another might find it to give him character and admire him for it.
I do agree that unfortunately appearance is important in the professional world. However a "plain" person can become beautiful by simply changing their wardrobe and hair and actually wearing makeup. The same can be said for men as well. Washing your hair and keeping it maintained can do wonders for your appearance. Also most guys can never go wrong with a pair of khakis, well fitted button up and a tie.
Wardrobe and hair changes are great for improving the first impression and then you can dazzle them with your charm and wit and become even more attractive in a persons eyes.
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!
Before anything else, let me say that I like your questions, (if I am not mistaken, this is the third time I answer your question) they really make sense to me.
Now for your question.
I can only speak for myself since the subject "beauty" is really a controversial issue. What is beautiful to one may not be beautiful to another...it's a matter of individual perception that is influenced by culture and one's exposure to the media as well as how one is being treated (as far as his/her own beauty is concerned) by society, beginning in the home environment and the public as a whole. And one more, it is also influenced, most importantly by one's perception on his own look or attractiveness.
Generally, beauty is a matter of perception and illusion. I would rather say degree of attraction instead of beauty. Personally, I don't consider myself beautiful as far as our Filipino standard of beauty is concerned but my experiences show that wherever I go and whatever I want, such as applying for a job, buying things in the mall, or being in an office for some things to accomplish, among others, I always make a good first impression so that people would give me special treatment. If I would listen to what colleagues, friends, and even strangers would say...all of them agree that I got "sex appeal" or "X-factor" or "animated beauty" or "photogenic" in my photos. The bottom line is that beauty can be translated into "degree of attractiveness". In this sense, I can say that beauty is enhancing one's uniqueness in looks rather than trying to look like a xerox copy of everyone else.
The general and universal rule is that every unique thing is a thing of beauty in its own right and this uniqueness when enhanced makes one look very highly attractive.
There have been a few good psychological experiments related to this. First, it is known that a person with a symmetrical face is rated as more attractive than those without symmetry. This may be an evolutionary phenomena, as a symmetrical person may have better health and genetics, thus the offspring may be healthier. Second, it has been discovered that a computer-generated "average" face from a large population is rated higher than other faces on an attractiveness scale. This means individuals who represent the features of the human race evenly are more attractive. Finally, there is some research that attraction on an individual level can occur because of body odor. If you find the natural scent of someone to be appealing, it is likely that they have a very different set of genetics and immunities than you do. By breeding with them, your children will have a stronger immune system and a well balanced genome.
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