Aishwarya Rai was named "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World" a few weeks ago. She is the star of many Bollywood films who is trained in native Indian dance. She sings, is a former Ms. Universe, and has also had campaigns with several cosmetic companies. Recently she was told to lose weight for an upcoming role in a movie that was to begin production soon.
At the time, I didn't know who she was and hadn't remembered even seeing her before. Shortly after, I saw a music video on a blog featuring a beautiful Indian singer. It wasn't until this morning when I read this article that I realized they were all the same person.
Friends. Gentle readers. Fellow fat bottomed girls who are carrying around some extra pounds.
If the "most beautiful woman in the world" was told to lose weight, what does that say to the rest of us? I'll tell you what that says to the rest of us.
That says you're only beautiful if you're versitile.
That you're only beautiful if you fit someone else's image of 'beautiful' at the time.
That you're only beautiful if you're willing to sacrifice what you are to become what they want to see.
That you're only beautiful if you appease the masses.
That you're only beautiful if you're subordinate to society.
That you're only beautiful if you're seen and not heard - present in the body form, but absent in the thought process.
I have 2 words and 1 finger for society's stigmas attached to being beautiful.
Real beauty does exist, but not in the form society is searching for. No matter which country they travel to on their quest to find "the world's most beautiful woman", they will never be successful.
True beauty is being who you are and being it loud.
True beauty is demanding that they accept all of you or none of you.
True beauty is knowing that you're beautiful and not needing society to validate you.
True beauty is something you can't see from the outside. It's a feeling. It's a behavior. It's an attitude.