Love guru Christianna Caeliss delves into the idea of beauty, and says we are all uniquely beautiful, like flowers, which is definitely something to celebrate!
Everyone knows the story of the wicked queen in Snow White, whose obsession with remaining the fairest in the land caused her to act in a horribly cruel, indeed murderous, manner towards her step daughter.
Funnily enough, I recently went to watch the latest version of the fairy tale – a Hollywood production called Snow White and The Huntsman and, while the adventurous aspect of the story itself, of course, attracted me, what I was really interested in seeing was whether the role of the queen would evolve into something more complex. After all, these stories change all the time, and are very organic in nature, often reflecting people’s views at that stage.
Now, I don’t want to spoil the ending if you haven’t seen it, so won’t say much more about the film, only that I highly recommend it, as it certainly got me thinking, mainly about our perceptions of beauty at different stages of a woman’s life, and how much our social conditioning plays a part in it.
When the first Disney version was released in the late 30s, life expectancies were much lower, medical treatments weren’t as readily available, and the average person simply didn’t have the time to nurture or care for themselves, certainly not as much as we do now anyway. As such, the ‘beautiful years’ of a woman’s life were short-lived.
This is remarkably different to the world in which we live today, where we’re offered countless ways to take care of ourselves and maintain our health – both of which are two of the greatest foundations of true beauty. Our awareness of our lifestyles, and the significant role they play in our physical wellbeing and overall attractiveness, has also increased significantly.
Beauty: not only for the young
Why then are we so easily fooled into believing beauty is in some way linked to age, and that younger is indeed better? Is it merely a fear tactic, designed purely to entice us into spending crazy amounts of money on products and procedures we don’t really need, or perhaps simply a convenient excuse for men to superficially favour younger women with firmer bottoms? Perhaps, and probably most likely, it’s a combination of the two, mixed with the simple beliefs we’ve unconsciously inherited.
That said, there are many stories about women who’ve disproved such notions, and lived well beyond ‘the average’, while still looking totally fab, largely due to their healthier beliefs.
So, lets forget all this nonsense about attractiveness being an age thing, put an end to the competitiveness between us, and recognise that true beauty radiates from within, and is as varied and complex as the flowers growing on our planet.
Lets not allow other people’s views about beauty become a prerequisite to our happiness, or the amount of love we can have. After all, Aphrodite is 1000s of years old, has grown children, and is still a sexy love goddess and ‘the fairest of them all’!