What is Beauty? A BELLA Reader Answers


How do you define beauty? This is a question we’ve always asked in every BELLA interview. This time, one of our readers responds. Thank you Victoria!

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What is Beauty? 

By Victoria Hollister

Markus Zusak wrote in his book I Am the Messenger, “Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are” (224). To me, this means that beauty isn’t always about appearance or saying the right thing. It’s about being the best person anyone can be. People make mistakes; no one is perfect, but as long as they learn from those mistakes and move forward everything is okay.

True beauty is on the inside as well as the outside. The inside beauty is the beauty that really counts, which is why it is so important for people to try their best to be good human beings. Everyone should be nice and respectful of others. They should be givers, not takers. They should be caring, confident, and loving people.

I think being different makes people beautiful. People shouldn’t be afraid to be themselves; it’s what makes them who they are. There is nothing wrong with being different, and there is nothing wrong with being the same as everyone else, either. It doesn’t matter what people look like or where they come from; what matters is what kind of person they are. As long as they treat everyone with respect and are the type of person who gives not takes, then nothing else matters. Everyone should be confident in themselves and embrace who they are. They should never care what people think.

A dictionary’s definition for beauty is the qualities in a person or a thing that gives pleasure to the senses or the mind. Beauty comes in all different shapes and sizes, and everyone is beautiful.

Zusak, Markus. I Am the Messenger. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. (Originally published in Australia in 2002 as The Messenger.) Print.

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