Is it feedback from others? Reality? Something you feel yourself?
Might be my 2 least favourite words we speak.
There's too many factors to work-out any kind of classification. Rita Hayworth seems to me almost hurtful to look at she's so beautiful, BUT - I once started a new job and met a co-worker and I instantly thought to myself 'how terribly sad, no one is ever going to kiss this girl, she's never going to know that kind of human-contact kind of affection' . . . so was so aggressively ugly, every feature was over-sized, she had a big nose, big hair, big ear, big chin, etc, etc, and giant pores that gave her a rough leathery skin.
But as the day, that one single day, went on I discovered a smart, creative, wickedly witty person, a great friend I would remember forever, and I thought 'how is this girl alone, she should be having to beat them off with a stick' . . . she seriously looked different to me by the end of the day, not pretty really, but not at all ugly, just adorable in her own way.
There are people like you, Kimberly, who just rip your heart out, they are just too pretty and it may not really be advantageous to them - and there's people like me, who aren't so stunning to look at but . . . when I was single, back in school, I could actually get just about any girl I wanted . . . I owned an unreasonable confidence, a very independent spirit, a kind of inner manliness that (it seemed to me) have an attraction that superseded cuteness. And I did in fact marry the prettiest girl in school - fortunately for me she also happened to be the most remarkable woman alive.
I don't know that I agree that beauty is in the eye of the beholder really, some things, people, are just plain prettier than others, but just in certain ways and there are too many other aspects for a direct and simple 'beautiful' or 'ugly' classification.
My new wife is beautiful and everyone else is ugly, just to keep me safe !
But beauty is all about balance and proportion, with some imbalance that defines the whole and so becomes cute, like a one sided dimple or strategically correct blemish.
Your question stems from the axiom that "Beauty is in the eye of the Beholde. However science tells us some interestin thins about beauty I found this on
www.gizmodo.com egheads "from University in the U.K. have figured out exactly what makes a perfect swivel-hipped walk with "a more angular swaying and bounce to the hips." The mathematicians got out their slide rules, calculators, blow-up dolls and binoculars, scientifically determining the perfect ratio of waist to hips. Their results? The closer that ratio is to 0.7 (waist measurement is 70% of the hip measurement), the sexier the swagger". This 0.7 ratio translates into a waist of 25 inches and 36-inch hips. So technically this is a generality and scientific response to your question. A WHR of 0.7 for women and 0.9 for men have been shown to correlate strongly with general health and fertility. Scientists have discovered that the waist-hip ratio (WHR) is a significant factor in judging female attractiveness. Women with a 0.7 WHR are usually rated as more attractive by men from European cultures. But hey there you go...al nice n scientific.
Assessment of physical beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Other than that, pretty is as pretty does; and ugly is as ugly does.
The preponderance of actions and words tell the full story of whether someone's beautiful inside or ugly inside.
Strangely, there's probably more consensus on "ugly" and "beautiful" when describing abstract things than physical things. For example, you'd probably get more people to agree on whether a person's personality is ugly or beautiful than on whether their appearance is. The more abstract the thing, the more concrete its aesthetic appeal.
The idea of what or who is beautiful is strictly a subjective perception. We have all seen couples that don’t seem to match as far as looks go and we wonder what he or she saw in the other person. We don’t know anything about the variables that another person is using to determine beauty or its contrast.
MickeySR makes a good point when he shares the experience he had with his co-worker. Adding to his comment, I have met beautiful woman that changed the way I perceived them by demonstrating an ugly disposition. Therefore, to me, if I’m looking at an object like an artwork, it’s very subjective as to how I perceive it. If I’m evaluating another human being, it’s still a subjective observation, but it includes all the intervening variables that make up that person.
The only way to rate beauty or ugliness is through knowledge, and when we speak of an individual such as you Kimberly, it takes but a tiniest bit of knowledge to deem you as beautiful, which you undoubtedly are, but I would also argue that that sense of beauty grows, and you, my dearest, best friend, are quite literally the most beautiful person who has ever and will ever live.....
Your beauty, to me, whether to look at you, to speak with you, to experience your love and incredible compassion grows like wildfire every minute, every second, I know you...
I figure at this rate, given my life changing so much, so fast, because of you, and your beauty, I'll be up for the Pope's job in no time, and then, who knows, sainthood perhaps, but of course, I'll be trailing you, because that's what this is all about...your incredible, mind boggling beauty, inside and out, is almost more than any human being can bear...and boy, do I love you so...my dearest best friend in the universe...
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