“We delight in the beauty of a butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty”_ Maya Angelou. It’s true. Beauty has been reduced to a sadly vague connotation (“In this world, when a girl’s called ‘beautiful’ sometimes my reaction to this is: in what terms? In fashion terms? Beauty pageant terms? Real people terms? I wish I could just say ‘she’s beautiful’, and leave it at that,” V Magazine creative director Stephen Gan). This picture helped remind me of a broader impression of both beauty and worth by revealing a degree of boldness, assertiveness, confidence…. Necessary to grab hold of the kind of self-esteem media implicitly tries to hide from women. That beauty really is in the eye of the beholder (I know corny). One has to catch it. Feel, be it. Esteem established on self-love and virtue costs less than a dime, with worth beyond human comprehension.
(Image: hirst magazine)