I was flipping through my facebook feed late last week and noticed a link a friend had shared that led to a Huffington Post article titled ‘Photographer Shows That Beauty Is Ageless In These Stunning Nudes’. (Note: Although the images are artistic and not crass in any way, they still may be considered NSFW, thus I will not share the link here on the blog. You can google ‘Photographer Shows That Beauty Is Ageless’ if you’re looking for the article and pics)
Well, anything that talks about ageless beauty always catches my attention, so I clicked on through.
And well… hmm…
The women, all in their 40’s and 50’s, were all attractive, but the lighting or filter that the photographer chose to use was a little gritty for my taste. I believe the women would be even more attractive with a more natural light or filter.
I will just say that I get what the photographer was doing and I applaud him for doing so. He was being artistic and creative and also making a point that beauty is ageless… lines, scars, skin that isn’t so taut, and all.
But it was the comments about the pictures that really caught my attention and that is what I want to talk about here…
There were people who understood that the lighting or filter had given the photos the gritty and somewhat washed out tone that they had, but most still saw the beauty in the women.
But there were also several commenters who just couldn’t bear the thought of these women in their 40’s and 50’s being called beautiful. To these commenters, these women were much too old to be beautiful. And as the internet goes, some were very unkind in their way of saying this.
And this is where my questions come in…
When did we decide that there was an age limit on being physically beautiful? When did we decide that the 20-something version of ourselves was more beautiful than the 40, 50, or 60- something version of ourselves?
Now, I know that there are studies showing that there are some evolutionary reasons that can make a younger woman appear more attractive to the opposite sex.
But beyond this ‘younger women make the babies’ evolutionary thing…
Why can’t a woman in her 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and beyond still be seen as just as beautiful as a younger version of herself… or even more beautiful?
Do a few lines really make a woman less beautiful? Does skin that is a little less taut really make a woman less beautiful? Do any of the typical signs of aging really make a woman less beautiful than she was when she didn’t have those things?
I’m bringing all of this up so that we can begin to talk more about our own beliefs about aging and beauty.
We don’t have to look too long and hard to find that our society supports the belief that physical beauty is to be found in our youthfulness and is something that we lose as we grow older.
But is that really our truth? Is that really my truth? Is that really your truth? Or are we just following some beliefs and ideals that have been pretty much force-fed to us from the time we were young children?
We have been looking at things all wrong…
Maybe we’ve never even given our own true ideals of what physical beauty is that much thought. Maybe we’ve never even created beliefs that are truly our own about what physical beauty is to us. Maybe we’ve just been using someone else’s beliefs to determine what is physically beautiful to us all along… by default!
A little something to think about, right?
If you’re interested in learning more about your belief system, I have created a five-part series that you may find of interest. Check out Beliefs – Part One: Your Belief System.
If you’d like to know a bit more about your subconscious mind and how it works in all of this, check out Your Amazing Mind – Part One: The Conscious Mind and the Subconscious Mind.
Keep checking back and we will continue this discussion in future posts.
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