Beauty is most commonly defined as the aesthetic quality of certain physical characteristics that makes these characteristics aesthetically pleasurable to see. These physical characteristics can be in the form of colors, shape, size or anything that appeals to the human eye. Beauty, along with beauty, is the fundamental theme of aesthetics, one of the most important branches of psychology. In this essay, I’ll be exploring some of the most important aspects of beauty.
The term “beauty” can be used in two fundamentally different ways. On one hand, beauty can be seen as an ideal that we all want to attain, whereas beauty can also be seen as the quality of a particular person or thing, which has its own, independent merit. A former definition of beauty was that it is “the proportionate proportion of things to their parts,” hence beauty being the aesthetic equivalent of proportion. However, most social media experts and psychological researchers now reject this definition of beauty, considering it to be a psychologically empty concept.
Social media experts have argued that beauty is the aesthetic value that human beings find in others, whereas beauty is merely what other people find in us. Therefore, when we talk about beauty in social media, we are actually talking about how beautiful someone is, according to another person’s perspective. As social media experts Valiyaki and Gurkan Ozcan note in their book Human Representation in Cyberspace: “On the Internet, beauty is judged according to how it improves the person’s life.” Thus, beauty is subjective, and not objective, as the aesthetic quality of a particular model might be objective according to one person’s point of view, but be very different from someone else’s.
Beauty in aesthetics depends on the aesthetic senses of a beholder. Beauty is subjective, dependent upon the individual’s own aesthetic sense. To the beholder, a work of art may be very beautiful and utterly horrible to another, yet the former would not classify as ugly or hideous if he or she were to look at it. Beauty is therefore a subjective feeling, an internal state that can only be measured against an internal standard. In other words, beauty is a property of the mind, and the mind is subjective, dependent on the individual.
Fashion designers, too, argue that beauty is an aesthetic quality that can be objectively measured. Fashion designers work on a daily basis to come up with new styles that will be both attractive and appealing to their customers. With social media, fashion websites and television shows taking a more personal approach to beauty, it is not surprising that the line between beauty and aesthetics has become blurred. Fashion designers have come to consider themselves aestheticians more than ever, because beauty is now associated with confidence, authority and success in business. In fact, many fashion experts say that a good model will be one who looks confident while running a few minutes on the runway.
Aesthetics and social media may seem to be at odds, but there is a fine line between being beautiful and being unattractive. If you feel less than beautiful, then perhaps it is time to take stock of your situation and make some changes to improve your appearance. Taking positive action, even if it means making changes to how you dress, can make a big difference in your confidence and in the way people perceive you. By putting yourself in front of the camera everyday, by posting photos of yourself online and off, or even by designing your own clothing, you can begin to build a positive image for yourself and your business.