A recent discussion with the viewers of Ashley Mardell’s YouTube Channel has sparked a conversation between myself and my internet friends about the social construction of “beauty” and “perfection.”
A Zurich shop replaced the typical mannequins with ones which represented four unique individuals with disabilities, all modeled from their measurements.
In a beautiful portrayal, Pro Infirmis’ campaign challenges the idea of physical perfection in the closing remark, “Because who is perfect? Get closer.” While the thought provoking effort by Pro Infirmis is an admirable effort to change the idea of beauty, I suggest we take it further.
Not only does the idea of what is beautiful need to change, it needs to be corrected. The formula we currently prescribe to is invalid.
One of the Merriam-Webster definitions (alongside the defined physically beautiful) is the following definition, “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.” This means the definition of beauty is quite literally in the eye of the beholder.
Most importantly, the declaration of beauty more accurately described the type of person declaring it not the object of description.
So you want to be beautiful? Blogger at Chemical Free Makeup suggests,
“The easiest thing you can do that will completely change your mindset is to get rid of all negative thoughts regarding how you look. Instead of focusing so much on a flaw you have, be proud of and highlight some of your strengths.”
I will add,
Be the change you want to see in the world, be the beauty you want to see and everything will become a little more beautiful to you, including yourself.
- Pro Infirmis: Because who is perfect? (adsoftheworld.com)
- This Video Will Make You Completely Rethink What It Means To Be Beautiful (elitedaily.com)
- Mannequins depicting people with disabilities in ‘Because who is perfect?’ campaign goes viral (globalnews.ca)
- Pro Infirmis Raises Body Diversity Awareness With “Disabled” Mannequins (joindahunt.com)
- Pro Infirmis Raises Body Diversity Awareness With “Disabled” Mannequins (queiserc.wordpress.com)
- “Disabled” Mannequins (chinabambi.wordpress.com)