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Beauty is in the eye of the Web

By Lynn Pierre
Contributing Writer

Whatever happened to the expression, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?” Last time I checked, God had created everyone in his image, so we are beautiful inside and out.

BeautifulPeople.com has changed those facts. This Web site was created by Greg Hodge because he was tired of “unattractive people” passing as “gorgeous” and “attractive” people: apparently this wasn’t fair to the more attractive people who had to settle for the less “attractive people.”

Even though signing up for the Web site seems easy, you have to upload a picture. It needs to be a full facial picture with no sunglasses or facial hair. It should only have one person and updated regularly if you become a member.

In the beginning of the year, the site dropped — rather expelled — an estimated 5,000 members for gaining weight over the holidays.  

I believe sayings like, “Self-esteem is a good thing,” and, “You are beautiful in your own way,” are true. You should not have to rely on people telling you what you should look like and be like just to be part of their own little corner full of people who are just so insecure.

In the generation in which we live, it’s very easy to get influenced by the media. We look to other sources in the media for the latest news, gossip and fashion. All of that is fine if that’s what you want and makes you feel happy, yet self-worth is far too important; we can’t rely on others to make us feel appreciated and “in style.”

What people seem to lack these days is confidence in themselves. People coming out with foolish Web sites like this doesn’t make the cause of finding self-worth any easier.

The best way to eradicate these genres of sites and media in general is to not pay attention to them. No one needs the judgment of others to feel beautiful.

Everyday as you wake up, if God is pleased with what you see in the mirror that is all the approval you need.

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