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A Deeper Look at Beauty in Idaho

Updated on June 16, 2015

Empowering Others

People often say that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder,'" wrote Salma Hayek. "And I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves."

Idaho is known for its beauty. But people usually think first about its sprawling mountains, rich, green pastures and glistening lakes. Less known is a bevy of top notch models who grace the Gem State. They are a visible and potent presence, akin to the ancient myth of Pygmalion and his living sculpture of a beautiful woman. In the story, this mythic figure represents the profound wish to emerge as a beautiful being and the wish for the power to create beauty in another.

Candis Standridge is a classy, sassy gem of a model with great proportions who exudes spiritual energy. MUH by Lindsey Sheets.
Candis Standridge is a classy, sassy gem of a model with great proportions who exudes spiritual energy. MUH by Lindsey Sheets. | Source

Breaking Stereotypes

The popular beauties of the Gem State disprove the stereotype that attractive women cannot be smart. All are excellent businesswomen and know very well how to manage a long and profitable career. They are actors, TV show presenters and video fitness instructors. They are mothers and PTA members. They are business owners, realtors and artists.

Idaho's beauties launch makeup and hair and fragrance lines. Some are survivors of abuse and violence who tell inspiring stories that help others cope and heal. Many of them run charity events and perform extensive community service.

Amanda Woods combines her stunning beauty with charm, grace and a special talent for uniting people around good causes,
Amanda Woods combines her stunning beauty with charm, grace and a special talent for uniting people around good causes, | Source

Mesmerizingly Beautiful and Beautifully Creative

Idaho's photogenic stars stress the vital importance of beauty: its diverse sources and manifestations in the lives of everyone. These women possess the ability to be mesmerizingly beautiful and beautifully creative.

All human beings strive toward mastery of beauty. Wishes to be transformed or recreated are universal desires. The professional women featured here are a great help to others who often overlook or dismiss issues about creating beauty in themselves.

Heather Harrington embodies versatility, brains and personality. (Hair by Tod Alan)
Heather Harrington embodies versatility, brains and personality. (Hair by Tod Alan) | Source

"Her Soul and Her Spark"

A quote from a blog entry I wrote, Tiffany LaRocque Creates Beauty Wherever She Goes, sums up women like these:

"It’s the quality that elevates a woman from just hot or sexy," according to Elite Daily. "It’s in the way she walks, talks and presents herself. It’s the way she radiates from the inside, out. It’s her soul and her spark and that thing you just can’t put your finger on."

Unique Angeline Irish is a walking poem, an ode to mysterious yet accessible beauty.
Unique Angeline Irish is a walking poem, an ode to mysterious yet accessible beauty. | Source

Enduring Rewards

There are many definitions of beauty and many ways to be beautiful. But in a culture filled with overpowering images of one kind of female beauty, this truth is easy to forget. Thus, many women feel inadequate.

Nonetheless, the unique and diverse models of Idaho remind us that though humans can’t change our genetic makeup, many of the most compelling aspects of beauty are completely within one's power to encompass and radiate. Their work and example brings benefits that are both rewarding and enduring.

More Than Skin Deep

For the shallow and superficial, beauty is just an escape from reality. But Idaho's models imbue it with deep meaning. They demonstrate how what’s on the inside is inextricably connected to what can be seen on the outside.

"Does external beauty create self-confidence, or does self-confidence look beautiful? The answer is both," writes Debra in The Beauty Prescription: The Complete Formula for Looking and Feeling Beautiful. "Inner beauty and outer beauty complement each other in a Beauty-Brain Loop."

These women are not just models in pictures, but models of what everyone can achieve: greater confidence, stronger self-esteem, better health, more joy from life, and lasting beauty that shines for all to see.


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