We’ve all heard it before: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But what does that really mean? Obviously, the straightforward meaning is that beauty cannot be determined by a general standard or popular opinion, but is instead judged by whoever is looking. Hence the reason why your mom can tell you that you are the most beautiful person in the world, but someone else (usually someone you want to impress) thinks you’re just okay-looking. But I believe that beauty is not so much in the eye of the beholder, but is instead in the eye and the mind of the person themselves, regardless of the beholder. Whether you are beautiful is something that others can have an opinion on, but ultimately, it is a decision you make for yourself.
This week, we asked people on campus whether they believed they were beautiful or not. We got a wide range of answers. A popular response was “sometimes” or “on some days” and “maybe, but not right now.” Their reasoning was they felt they did not look the greatest at the moment because of stress or because they were not putting forth a lot of effort towards their appearance on that day. Some students viewed themselves as “in the middle” of the beauty spectrum and said they felt okay about themselves and were happy with themselves.
Some expressed little care about whether they were beautiful or not. “It’s not something I think about at all,” said one student, while another stated, “I don’t think of myself in that way.”
Others felt more strongly about the question. “If we’re talking about statistically attractive, I think that’s bullshit. Beauty is inner,” remarked one student. Another student declared, “Yes!” when asked the question and continued with, “I’ve accepted myself, and a lot of other people say it all the time.”
Male students who we talked to were generally more sure about themselves and their looks than females. When asked whether he thought he was beautiful, one student responded with, “Yes,” and for his reason, he answered, “Because I look in the mirror every day.” Another guy’s reply was “Of course,” and when asked why, the answer was, “Look at me.”