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Beauty - A Blessing or a Curse? How to dispel the myths surrounding this question.

Updated on January 13, 2013
A scene from Disney Classic Animated Film: Snow White and the seven dwarfs.
A scene from Disney Classic Animated Film: Snow White and the seven dwarfs. | Source

"Beauty has a lot to do with character"

- Kevyn Aucoin.

This question frequently brewed discussions for several centuries - " Is being beautiful a blessing or a curse or both?". This question often target particularly those famous people with tragic lives as well as successful and glamorous celebrities. Is beauty a blessing just because a person is merely beautiful to look at? Or is being too beautiful a curse that will affect those beautiful people's lives? Snow White, the heroine from the famous fairytale, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, is no exception when it comes to being asked this question. With skin as white as snow, hair as black as ebony and lips as red as blood, it seemed that Snow White is blessed with such perfect beauty. Yet Snow White is also said to be cursed as her stepmother, the Evil Queen, is very jealous of her beauty and is determined to kill her. In spite of this so-called myth, Snow White has a happily ever after ending! Why? It is because of Snow White's inner beauty that ignited her outer beauty. Her innocent and sweet nature touched many whom she met - the huntsman that was sent by the Queen to kill her; the seven dwarfs and finally the Prince who saved her from near-death through a kiss.

Inner Beauty Becomes Outer Beauty  by ANONYMOUS.
Inner Beauty Becomes Outer Beauty by ANONYMOUS. | Source

" Because beauty isn't enough, there must be something more"

- Eva Herzigova.


Most people associate beauty with crystal-clear complexion, smooth, shiny and thick hair, hourglass figure, even teeth and aquiline features. In reality, such perfect beauty is non-existent! Movie stars, supermodels, certain sports-persons and socialites look picture-perfect thanks to their immaculate make-up, good camera angles, artful photo-shop and of course working-out under the personal supervision of professional trainers as their well-groomed looks are their ticket to fame and success in their respective careers. Many starry-eyed youngsters like to emulate their idols by copying their look or style and even try to be like them by exercising too much or starving in order to match their favourite celebrities's physique. This is a startling trend, especially among teenagers. Remember that beauty is only skin-deep. It is inner beauty that counts much more than outer beauty. We, the people, are all beautiful in our own way. We all are blessed in many ways. Possessing more inner beauty than outer beauty makes us most beautiful!

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The lessons from the movie Malena - about the most beautiful woman in the town"cursed for her beauty".

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it" - Confucius.


I am going to relate to all of you a story from an Italian movie masterpiece titled Malena (2000), starring Monica Bellucci, the well-known European and Hollywood actress in the title role.

Malena is a young and lonely woman who lived in a Sicilian town in the 1940s during the World War II. Her husband went to war and she missed him terribly. Malena is so stunningly beautiful that she is envied by women and at the same time she is an object of desire among the men. The local 12 years old boy develops a crush on her and slowly understands her true nature and feelings. Malena is not only attractive but also is well-bred and wore sophisticated dresses that gained more jealousy from women and admiration from men. Whenever she walks by, all the townspeople would focus their eyes on her and gossip a lot about her. Malena, though quite aware of all this, completely ignored their malicious gossip. This went on until the tragic incident occurred. Malena loses both her father and husband in the war. Her vulnerability, in the face of this tragedy, is taken advantage of by some mean townspeople. Suddenly, Malena is plagued by poverty. She begged for help, but she is turned away by all. Deeply wrenched and unable to bear her hunger, she decides to sell herself to the townsmen. Thus, over time, Malena from being the center of gossip becomes the target of scandal in the town. When the German army enters the Sicilian town, she sold herself to them too. When the war is over, the townswomen gang up together and beat Malena severely for having alleged affairs with both the townsmen and German men. Then they harshly order her to leave the town. The much humiliated Malena quietly leaves for some other town. Unexpectedly, Malena's husband is alive and returns. He asks the townspeople about his wife but is rebuked and insulted by them. The boy, who had witnessed what had happened to Malena from the beginning, tells Malena's husband about Malena's where-about indirectly through a letter. A year later, the townspeople while going about on their duties meet Malena and her husband. This time, Malena is dressed in ordinary clothes. It seemed obvious to the townspeople that both Malena and her husband want to stay in their town. One day, Malena visits the market, she is greeted by the probably same townswomen who had earlier beaten her up. Malena responds politely to their greetings. This time, the townspeople are friendly and helpful to her and no longer stare at her unnecessarily. Her young fan, the boy, after briefly lending a helping hand to Malena, wishes her good luck. Malena smiles back, unaware of his feelings for her. Finally, Malena finds her peace and happiness!

Now, after reading this film plot, what have you learnt from this story?

Well, this story taught the following:


(i) Malena's priceless qualities such as nobility, composure, poise and tolerance made her more and more beautiful.

(ii) Malena's well grooming and enhancing of her natural beauty sparked unnecessary envy in townswomen who are indifferent to their self-grooming.

(iii) Malena's high upbringing and aristocratic bearing set her apart from the whole town who are neither refined nor courteous and this resulted in difference of opinion about Malena by the townspeople.

(iv) Malena's unconsciousness about the whole town-crowd's gaze at her beauty or wrong rumours about her showed the wise and sensible side of Malena.

"To be too conscious is an illness. A real thorough illness" - Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky.


(v) It is quite surprising that her husband accepts her in spite of her multiple affairs which indicates a deep mutual understanding, love and faith in each other.

(vi) Malena's ability to return to the town that had thrown her out, showed that she is full of determination and courage.

(vii) Malena did not retaliate against those who humiliated her - her prize virtue is forgiveness.

(viii) Is Malena cursed for her beauty? No! It is the uncivilized townspeople who, until the end, failed to notice that beneath her physical beauty lies an exceptional personality!


It is concluded that Malena is blessed both with outer beauty and inner beauty . It is her innermost invaluable qualities that enhanced not only her physical beauty but also her soul and persona.




Why this delusion? Dispel it!

I have witnessed certain cases where this question hovered over those prominent female figures whose lives ended on a tragic note. From the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, the young French Queen Marie Antoinette to Hollywood's Golden era's star Marilyn Monroe and one of the first supermodels, Gia Carangi - are they doomed just because of their beauty? The reality is that these eminent women met their demise either because of their own actions or inability to tackle their dizzy fame or their turbulent past or lack of family support.

This is not supposed to happen to each and every woman. It is up to the women on how to control the consequences around them and emerge victorious in the end.

I took some illustrations of some notable women who broke these myths due to their self-assurance, capability of dealing with any problem that crop up in their way and above all their courage that help shape up their personalities that touched many of their fans.



Catherine Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones | Source

1. Catherine Zeta Jones

Considered as one of the most beautiful and successful actresses of Hollywood, this popular Welsh star with her brave decision on settling down with the much older actor Michael Douglas; balancing her marriage, family and career with equal aplomb; battling her bipolar disorder and eventually came out with complete triumph and that reflected in her roles onscreen!



Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin | Source

2. Sarah Palin

An accomplished female politician in the dominant world of men, she earned the admiration of many people not only for her attractive looks but also for her smart political moves, her steady family life and her active participation in welfare campaigns.

Steffi Graf
Steffi Graf | Source

3. Steffi Graf

Said to be one of the greatest female tennis players ever, the credit went to her inborn dedication and honesty to her sports career as well as her outgoing personality that had won the hearts of her innumerable fans.

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey | Source

4. Oprah Winfrey

This world-famous 'Chat Queen' reached to millions across the globe due to her experimental fashion, her unparalleled gift of connecting with both the people and celebrities on her signature show and her humanitarian work.

Susan Boyle
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5. Susan Boyle

Though she may not be glamorous in person and herself a target of public ridicule, this Scottish singer with her likable nature, her unique singing talent and her determination of making it big in the glitzy world of pop-singers, impressed people and gained a massive fan-following and a glorious music career.

These women show that they got all the required qualities that helped elevating them to fame and success in their professions. Their forwardness and intelligence enabled them in fearlessly facing their problems and above all, their positive thinking and self-confidence!

" Real Beauty is to be true to oneself. That's what makes me feel good"

- Laetitia Casta, French model and actress

Beauty is all about how you conduct yourself, how to look at the world and how to make your life beautiful. Hence we can break this centuries-old delusion by proclaiming that beauty is all about goodness in its true form. We have to make beauty alive in us by seeing beauty in an open manner. We should learn to appreciate beauty in its various forms, be it nature, music, simple pleasures of life like giving to others and making people happy, and above all valuing ourselves and our life! That is true beauty and this is the best blessing for all of us!

"Real beauty isn't about symmetry, weight or makeup; it's about looking life right in the face and seeing all its magnificence reflected in your own"

- Valerie Monroe, writer

Copyrights © 2012 By Ishwaryaa Dhandapani



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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 3 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Paul Kuehn: Hi, thank you for the visit & very encouraging comments. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Paul Richard Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

    ishwaryaa22,

    This is an awesome hub and I enjoyed reading it very much. You are completely correct in stating that true beauty is the goodness which each person shows. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ FullofLoveSites: Wow! An engaging comment and interesting story! Similar to Malena. Please tell me the name of this TV biopic. Thank you not only for the read & encouraging comments but also sharing your pearls of wisdom and the story of the TV biopic. Happy Hubbing!

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    FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

    Some people blaming themselves that their beauty has brought them misfortune sounds far-fetched at first but then it turns out that to be true. I've watched a TV biopic (based on a real-life story) of a girl who was the object of lustful desire among men. Wherever she went, she turned heads and attracted unwarranted attention from the guys. Even her male relatives attempted to take advantage of her. But in the end she was abused by her philandering stepfather, even with her mother's consent (so that he would not leave her for the other woman -- isn't it sick?). Not once but many times. She even attempted suicide once.

    The girl managed to run away and sought refuge at a shelter for abused girls and women. She repeatedly blamed her beauty as a curse and so she cut her hair and slashed her face to make herself look ugly. Fortunately, with the help of the nuns (who ran the shelter) she managed to rise above her fear, depression and the trauma -- she bravely testified in court about the abuse and had her assailant jailed for life. But her mother is still at large and in hiding. Now she's happily married to a man who has accepted her who she is despite her monstrous past.

    Malena sounds like a beautiful movie, as I was reading its summary. It reminds me somewhat of that girl I've talked about, though I know each of her own story is otherwise entirely different.

    The world we live in is cruel nowadays... there are many people (esp. men) who are blinded by someone's beauty that they take advantage of that person. And there are other women who are jealous of a beautiful girl and so some of them make sure that that girl will suffer. However, it only takes a real person to appreciate the beauty of a person beyond physical appearances.

    Sorry for my very long comment, I just got carried away didn't I? Hehehehe. Anyway, beautiful hub. Thanks for posting.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Suzie HQ: Hi, thank you not only for the visit & very encouraging comments but also sharing your pearls of wisdom and enthusiasm to watch this Italian masterpiece. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Hi ishwaryaa,

    A beautiful journey you brought us through. Outward beauty is something that changes and inward beauty shines through the good times and the bad.

    Great movie choice, must watch it, I was fascinated and intrigued throughout your storyline.

    Congrats on a gorgeously written hub! up, useful, interesting, awesome and shared!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Indian Chef: Hi, thank you not only for the visit & encouraging comments but also sharing your pearls of wisdom. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

    very beautifully written hub. As you said beauty lies inside a person but I also believe in that first impression is last impression and definitely how you look is a big part of first impression.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Au fait: Hi, thank you for the visit & very encouraging comments. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

    An interesting hub though I can't say I agree with some of the women you have chosen to exemplify both inner and outer beauty. Overall, a very good hub and an interesting viewpoint.

    Voted up, interesting, and beautiful. You make this hub beautiful. Will share with my followers.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ radhikasree: Hi, thank you for the visit & very encouraging comments. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

    Your description of beauty is very interesting. The ladies mentioned here are all beautiful for their commitment in their respective bailiwicks. Very well-written hub!

    Voted up, beautiful and interesting. Shared as well.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ mary615: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Your views about women in today world are right. I agree with you, madam. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

    I enjoyed this Hub very much. I have to agree with your examples of beautiful women. Who would think Susan Boyle is beautiful, but she certainly is, I believe.

    Some women are so vane. They think it is so important to keep their looks without working on their innerself.

    It has been proven that in the work world, attractive women are more apt to get jobs and promotions than the homely women.

    Voted UP etc.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ chamonixfirst: Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comment. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Phil, Sarah and Danny 4 years ago from Chamonix

    Beauty a blessing of a curse? Thankfully not a problem for me :-) great hub thanks

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Mike Robbers: Hi, thank you not only for the visit & for your encouraging comment but also sharing your pearls of wisdom. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

    Someone once said "it is beauty which captures your attention; personality which captures your heart." We should remember that if we do not develop our inside, all our hard work trying to perfect the outside will be completely in "vain."

    Thanks for your Great hub, voted up & shared

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Denise Handlon: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your encouraging+engaging comments. This movie is good - a typical European film. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

    This is a wonderful hub about the intricacies of 'beauty'. I was intrigued throughout. I'm so interested in seeing the movie now! Thanks for sharing. Rated up/U/I sharing. :) BTW--I think the image and analogy of Snow White is just perfect!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ shabushaj: Thank you for the read & for your encouraging feedback. Take care

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    shabushaj 4 years ago from india

    an interesting hub! the title and pic attracted me to the hub. your writing teaches a lot to me...thanks..

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Alecia Murphy: Hi, thank you not only for the visit and for your encouraging comments but also sharing your pearl of wisdom. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Sunshine625: Hi! It is an honor to get the second visit and read from you! Thank you so much. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    Someone always seems to think that beauty is just skin deep but it never really is. People who value themselves and take time to develop character and strength possess lasting beauty.

    I think your hub exemplifies that quite well and very eloquently.

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I'm back for a second read. Always a pleasure to re-read a hub written by you Ish.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ iguidenetwork: Hi. Malena is a good movie and I decided to use this movie as an example for this hub as I felt it fits quite well with this topic. Thank you for the visit & sharing your engaging insights. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ sergs_pogi: Thank you for the read & for your very encouraging comments. Take care

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    iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

    For a woman, it's more unfortunate if she has it and lives in a place where other women get jealous and men display lust on her, just like Malena. It's not all glamour and happiness inside the beautiful surface. She is human too, I sympathize somewhat with her character.

    Great hub, excellently well-written. :)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ remaniki: I am very sorry. I was very busy and also my comments are set as pre-approved. That is why they are invisible to fellow-hubbers unless approved by me. Your 1st comment was already there and I approved them now. Once again sorry for the inconvenience. Happy hubbing!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ remaniki: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your encouraging comments. You are absolutely right about inner beauty far more important than outer beauty. Take care

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    sergs_pogi 4 years ago

    Simply amazing! I find it hard to finish reading all the comments. I just voted this hub up. Congrats!

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    Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    Hi ishwaryaa22,

    Sometimes I feel frustrated because I posted a nice big comment here last night appreciating your effort in getting out this beautiful hub but today I don't find it here. So please excuse me for not writing it again here. Wonderful hub. Loved it. Cheers, Rema.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ midget38: Hi, thank you not only for the visit and read but also sharing your engaging insights. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Mama Kim 8: Hi, thank you for the visit and sharing your engaging views. Take care

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    Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    Hi ishwaryaa22,

    Lovely hub that is well presented. I believe more in inner beauty than the superficial appearance of a person. We will be remembered more for our inner beauty rather than the exterior gorgeous appearance as this beauty is sure to wane with age and illness.

    Shared as always. Cheers, Rema.

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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

    Ish, beauty is really in the eye of the beholder and what we make it out to be....sometimes, being beautiful can be a curse, because it creates so much misunderstanding. Thanks for a thought provoking after dinner read!

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    Sasha Kim 4 years ago

    Truly beautifully written! This was a fantastic read packed full of so much wisdom ^_^ The movie plot was an excellent addition and it did indeed provide wonderful examples. Voted a bunch and sharing!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Cracknutcase: Thank you for the read, for your encouraging comments and your wise insights on beauty. Take care .

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ rajan jolly: Hi, yes you are right about physical beauty being time-bound while inner beauty is not. Thank you for the visit & for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ shruti sheshdari: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your very encouraging comments. Take care

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    Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore

    You are an amazing writer! Yes, Real beauty indeed comes from within and is reflected on the outside.

    Nice work :)

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Ishwaryaa, physical beauty is time bound whereas inner beauty is not. A wonderfully tackled subject.

    Voted up, beautiful & awesome and shared.

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    shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

    This is really good stuff! i mean excellent choice of topic and very well done indeed! Women have everything don't they? It is for us to showcase the right thing in the appropriate manner.

    voted up :)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ jeannieinabottle: Thank you for the read and for your very encouraging comments. Even I used to wonder about this myth and now felt that beauty is skin-deep and it's all about how one carries oneself confidently as well as looking at life positively - that is real beauty. Take care

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    What a fascinating hub. I often wonder if beauty is a curse or blessing, too. It really is all about how one carries herself. Great hub and voted up!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Deb Welch: Thank you for letting me know that you watched this film and sharing your insightful views. Take care

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    Deb Welch 4 years ago

    I watched the movie, Malena, a few days ago. It was an R rated movie but done correctly - and her beauty tore her down when she thought she had no other alternatives, the good part was the ending. The young boy who was in lust with her not love - tended to be very confusing to me - as to his reasoning for doing the things he did. Thanks.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Deb Welch: Thank you for the read & for your engaging comments. Malena is a good Italian film. You are completely right about the world's views on beauty. Also thank you for sharing your wisdom. Take care

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    Deb Welch 4 years ago

    Well done and very excellent. I want to see the movie, Malena. I think the world in a way punishes people male,female, or child for outer beauty - SEX - is a keyword for beauty in this world now and years before. The beautiful ones then must move forward or inward, if you will, to enhance their inner beauty for all to see and experience for self-acceptance as well. Awesome and interesting - Up.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Sunshine625: Hi, it is nice to get the second visit from you for this hub! Thank you so much for the second visit and for your encouraging comments. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Just as amazing as the first time I read it. Well done, Ish.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ vespawoolf: Hi, yes you are right about external beauty being just a superficial shell without the light of inner beauty - this saying of yours is truly well-quoted! This list of women are beautiful just because they are courageous, confident and have a positive outlook of life. Thank you for the read & for your engaging comments. Take care

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    You're so right...external beauty is just a superficial shell without the light of inner beauty. Thank you for such a nice list of woman who are beautiful both outside and inside. I love your well-written hubs. Thanks! Voted up and shared.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    Welcome to HubPages! You are absolutely right - true beauty comes from within and not outside and often it (inner beauty) is unfortunately forgotten about. Thank you for the read & for your engaging comments. Take care

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    Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

    ishwaryaa22,

    Very inspiring hub on true beauty! It doesn't just come from looks but what is on the inside. Oftentimes, the latter part is unfortunately forgotten about. Thanks for sharing these wonderful insights on beauty with us!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ billybuc: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your insightful comments. I totally agree with you that people exude beauty because of their personality & love of life & not just their physical appearance. Take care

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I have seen and known many a person who would not be considered physically beautiful, but because of their personality and love of life, just exuded beauty. Great hub my young friend; you are beautiful in every way.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ carriethomson: Hi. Thank you for the read and for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    carriethomson 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    The whole story is very nice.........even sometimes beauty is a curse also...... people have to face so many thing un known to the whole world

    great job ishwarya .......by expressing your views with us

    take care dear

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ unknown spy: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments. Take care

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    IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    not everyone sees the true beauty of a person. some people judge others by their looks, some couldn't get a job..

    your hub is astounding. you definitely get the readers hooked on the story plus the great quotes from famous people.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    kelleyward: Thank you for the read and for your insightful & encouraging comments. Beauty is all about how one looks at life and appreciates life and not physical appearances. Take care.

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    kelleyward 5 years ago

    Beautiful hub from a beautiful person! I remember reading this a while back. So glad I read it again this morning. Just a reminder of what most important in life and it's not outer appearances. Voted up and shared! Kelley

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ molometer: Hi, I have not heard about Rubens till now thanks to you. I will check out this artist in Wikipedia. Yes, you are right about the importance of time. The concept of beauty has changed over the years. Thank you for the second visit and sharing your refreshing views. Take care.

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    molometer 5 years ago

    Had to come back and give this hub another read. It is interesting how art and the media portray 'beauty'.

    Time is important too. Look at the artist Rubens, all of his models were just normal women. Today they would be considered voluptuous.

    Beauty a blessing or a curse? is a great debate opener.

    SHARING

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ denisemai: Welcome to HubPages. Thank you for sharing your interesting story with me. Beauty is all about character rather than appearance. Thank you for the visit and sharing your insightful views. Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ tammyswallow: Hi, nice to see you. Thank you for revisiting and I am humbled by your encouraging comments. Take care.

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    Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

    Great hub. I've known a lot of people I initially thought were beautiful only to see the shine wear-off because they are ugly on the inside. On the other hand, I can think of one particular instance of meeting a woman who was considered very unattractive. She was the most beautiful person I have ever encountered and I found myself noticing the beauty of her eyes and smile and wondering why she found it difficult to find someone to share her life with. Fortunately, she did find someone who noticed her beauty! Well done, hub! Voted up.

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Still one of the most beautiful hubs I have read on hubpages. :)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ katyzzz: Hi, the beauty lies more in character and the way one carry off rather than in physical appearance. These mentioned women are full of spirit and confidence and that are what make them endearing to their fans! Thank you for visiting and sharing your invigorating views. Take care.

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    katyzzz 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Amazing and you have captured the very essence of beauty and with an amazing range of unusual women there.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ tammyswallow: hi, thank you for sharing your engaging views. "The good is the beautiful" - Plato. This could signify that being good-natured enhances the overall personality much more than physical beauty! Take care.

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Great hub on the real nature of true beauty. You hit the nail on the head. Well done!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ inaniLoquence: Once again thank you. Looking forward to more interesting hubs from you!

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    inaniLoquence 5 years ago from Singapore

    You're welcome, ishwaryaa! I'm enjoying your insightful hubs immensely. :)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ inaniLoquence: Hi, you said very well. Beauty is only skin-deep and nothing is a curse - one should look at beauty in a different and positive perspective! Thank you for the read and your insightful views. Take care.

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    inaniLoquence 5 years ago from Singapore

    Hi Ishwaryaa, nice touch with Malena as an example. I have watched the movie a year ago and really thought that beauty can be a double-edged sword. Depending on how we look at it (since it can be quite subjective), it can either be a curse or a blessing. For Malena, it's a curse but with her character, she was able to emerge from everything and found happiness in the end. :)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ learner365: Thank you for reading & sharing your engaging viewpoints. Yes,you are right-inner beauty is all about how you see in yourself, many around you and life.

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    Saadia A 5 years ago

    Beauty is all about your inner attitude,how you behave and how you act or react towards everything around you. It's a blessing if the inner you is beautiful.

    Really enjoyed reading this Hub.My vote up and awesome !!!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Brett.Tescol: Thank you for reading and sharing your insightful viewpoints. You are right. People, irrespective of their looks, need to ignore difficult people and walk with a confident smile. Take care.

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    Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

    There is good and bad to an excess of good looks, or great personality. Unfortunately the world is full of bitter people, jealousy and envy. If you are good looking, it can open more oportunities, but many will be for the wrong reasons or ridiculed by others. If you are very likable, you are likely to be popular because of your inner beauty, but still people can get jealous, especially if you are successful. Whether beautiful or not, there are good and bad aspects of both.

    Socially SHARED, up and interesting.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Sannel: You are very much right - elegance is all about how one conducts oneself more according to one's inner beauty rather than outer beauty. Thank you for the read and your invigorating comments. Take care.

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    SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

    To be beautiful may come easy. However, it is the inner beauty that brings out the elegance.

    What a lovely hub. I truly enjoyed reading this very interesting and well written hub. Thank you for sharing! Voted up, interesting and very beautiful.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Sunshine625: Thank you for visiting and sharing your insightful viewpoints. You are right. A beautiful soul makes the people's lives beautiful. Nothing surpass or outmatch a beautiful soul!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ barbergirl28: Yes, you are absolutely right. People ought to see the inner beauty rather than outer beauty. Beauty is all about how we embrace life, be surrounded by genuinely good people and above all, accepting ourselves happily.

    Thank you for reading and sharing your engaging viewpoints. Take care.

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    Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I was just having a conversation the other day with a friend...beauty comes from the inside out. A beautiful soul radiates more beauty then makeup or a wardrobe. Voted UP and beautiful!

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    Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    What a beautiful hub. As in always... we should never judge a book by the cover. The book might look terrible on the outside but be the best thing you ever read. On the other hand, a well decorated book might leave you snoozing. The same goes for beauty. What matters most is what is on the inside! I wish more people could see that and use it instead of tormenting others because of their looks!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Melovy: Thank you for the visit. Glad to hear that your daughter is aware of what lies beneath the "perfect exterior" of the models. An important quote: 'Taking joy in living is a woman's best cosmetic'- Rosalind Russel. Every woman and girl should be happy with themselves and look at life with a positive attitude. That is real beauty. Once again thank you for sharing your story. Take care.

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    Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

    Great hub. I loved how you pointed out that Snow White’s beauty doesn’t actually die, but lives happily ever after.

    While reading it I had a realisation that my daughter watching ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ is actually a good thing - she’s been glued to it recently and until now I had been thinking it could create anxiety about her body and looks or else an obsession with appearance. But it allows her to see that these girls in reality look no better than anyone else, that is is, as you say, immaculate make-up and good camera angles that create their looks - and it’s given us the opportunity to have a few discussions about that. Thank you for opening my eyes!

    Beauty is, indeed as you point out, about how we look at life. Thank you so much for this beautiful hub. Voting up and sharing!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Vinaya Ghimire: You are right about the present concept of beauty. Malena is indeed a good film. Thank you for sharing your insightful viewpoints and for the visit.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

    Today the concept of beauty is molded by the cosmetic companies and the show like beauty pageants.

    I have watched Malena, this is a wonderful film.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    There is a saying by (i guess) Anonymous: "Beauty gets the attention but Personality ( literally speaking inner beauty) gets the heart" Your well-said comment syncs well with this saying. Thank u for visiting and reading.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Nell Rose: Hi, I totally agree with you. I had seen and heard of some people being proud of their looks or are arrogant , though not all born with good looks are arrogant or proud. You said that someone can be shy and can't cope with their beauty reminds me of the late Princess Diana. She was very shy and did not know how to deal with both her beauty and her huge popularity among the people and the media.

    Thank you for reading and your invigorating comment.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ thumbi7: thank u for visiting and reading. I agree with u that grooming is important as it enable us to look neat and smart, especially in certain professions. Inner beauty enables in bringing out the real personality in a person and those born with plenty of inner beauty tend to be more charming than those with outer beauty.

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    cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

    Outer beauty will attract a lot of people but inner beauty will be the key to keep them mesmerize. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    Hi, Beauty is in the inside of a person I believe, when someone is beautiful it can lead to arrogance, and sometimes the person can be shy too, so they can't cope with their beauty, but lovely hub, voted up! cheers nell

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    JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

    Awesome!

    We must take care of grooming and dress appopriately for the situation. Grooming also becomes important when you mingle in a professional circle.

    But at the end of the day, it is the inner beauty that shines!

    Thanks for SHARING:)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ nityanandagaurang: Thank you for reading and commenting. Inner beauty always enhance the outer beauty and makes one more radiant than before as inner beauty comes from within!

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    nityanandagaurang 5 years ago

    thanks for such a nice hub ishwaryaa22.If you have other qualities ,then it enhances the beauty.Beauitful and voting it up.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Jhangora: Actually, inner Beauty is more important than outer beauty. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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    Dinesh Mohan Raturi 5 years ago from Dehradun

    I may be wrong, but I see beauty more in terms of symmetry - physical beauty that is. Your Hub is beautiful no doubt.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ MP50: Thank you for reading and your encouraging comments.

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    MP50 5 years ago

    Beauty does come from within, having said that. Many people I have met in my life, have had both, beauty inside and outside.

    These people were a pleasure to meet, great beautiful Hub. Thank You for SHARING it with us, VU and SS:-D

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Peggy W: Thank u for your visit and encouraging comments.

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    What a wonderful hub about the true meaning of beauty. Inner beauty lasts forever unlike outward appearances if our days on this earth last a while. Inner beauty is what counts most. Voted up, useful, interesting and beautiful. Also SHARING with my followers & tweeting.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ KrystalD: Thank you for reading and your encouraging comments.

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    KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

    This is a wonderful hub. Societal concepts of beauty can be quite limiting. Thanks for such a thought provoking hub!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    carolinemd21: Thank u for your invigorating comments. Glad that u found it informative and agreed that beauty lies within.

    Have a nice day. Take care.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ alocsin: Thank you for your visit and your engaging comments. Malena is an interesting film and teaches a great deal about human values. Once you finish seeing this film, please feel free to tell me about your views/opinion on this film.

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    Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

    This is such a great hub! Very informative. I agree that beauty lies within. Voted up!

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    alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

    Like anything else, you can view your appearance as a blessing and a curse, whether or not you're traditionally beautiful. An excellent hub and I'll need to re-read it again after watching Malena. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Ruchira: Thank u for your encouraging comments. Yes, beauty is more about character and perception rather than physcial appearance.

    Have a nice day. Take care.

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    Hi ishwaryaa,

    you have tackled this issue beautifully with poise and elegance :)

    your hub was such a delight to read since, it was well written. beauty is sure way deep than physical aspect...jai ho woman!

    This hub symbolizes the beauty within you as well. Cheers!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ molometer: Thank you for your visit and invigorating comments. Inner beauty is much more important than outer beauty! Every single person is beautiful in their own way and it depends on how they carry themselves according to their overall personalities!

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    molometer 5 years ago

    A great hub and tribute to true beauty. This hub is beautiful, as it helps people understand what 'real' beauty is.

    It is not about 'looks' but something much deeper as you have eloquently explained.

    Voted up and awesome.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ John Sarkis: Thank u for your visit and encouraging comments. Yes, you are right. Beauty is all about how we conduct ourselves and not the way we look.

    Take care. Have a nice day.

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    John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Absolutely awesome hub! I'm impressed! Yes, beauty does have it's ups and downs. I've known very earthy looking women who wished they weren't - so earthy, so to speak... One lady even told me that she cannot gas up in the mornings because guys whistle and make comments about the way she looks (she suffers from hand arthritis - get it! LOL). Well, keep up the good work.

    Take care - God Bless - voted up

    John

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