By Nicole McClain at NotableStyles

Our girl over at NotableStyles, contributed this great piece what it means to be beautiful.   Check out her blog for some great fashion sense and fun info!

Beauty is an ideal that many individuals have come to define within their own minds and spectrum. Although, beauty is one of the simplest topics to define, the fact that people have deviated from its original meaning is why there are so many people confused about the subject.

Within the African-American culture there are many examples of what people have decided define physical beauty and that is based on that persons social and economic status, what that person is exposed to through the media and their family life.

In the 20th century, beauty is more prominently being measured from a physical aspect only. And some people’s approach to beauty has become, I like the reaction that “reality show actress/actor X” is getting and I believe it is their nose that makes them beautiful, so I want to be beautiful in the same way as this person.

Beauty is only a portion about the reaction that people get when they look at an individual, but that reaction does not have to be solely a physically induced reaction and I believe people across all cultures have forgotten this. Yes it is important, to be well groomed, well dressed, presentable, and to look nice everyday, but it is not the only responsibility one has to maintain a beautiful life.

Beauty (n.) – the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. Merriam Webster

Being beautiful is determined by being pleasing to others in 3 categories: the physical, mental and spiritual. I have come to see less of this kind of beauty being displayed everyday within the African-American culture. I think people have lost their respect for all 3 parts that make up beauty and have decided to just work on 1 of 3 or 2 of the 3 core principles of beauty.

Maybe people still respect the 3 key qualities of beauty, but because of the lack of interaction between one another it is hard to tell what people respect or how they feel about themselves, outside of the social networking updates and the persona that others decide to portray. Are there really beautiful people sitting behind the computers and the world doesn’t even know it?