Today's post is a little bit different than most of my 15 Minute Beauty readers are used to reading. I've teamed up with Kroger and Suave, who are celebrating American Beauty (more about that later), to share what American Beauty means to me.
And I admit, growing up American Beauty mostly meant scenes like the one above to me. Doesn't that just scream Americana, beauty and money to you? And it's the way American Beauty has really been portrayed for a long time (and in particular I can think of a few American designers that portray that lifestyle still in all of their ads and runway shows). Blonde hair, tan skin and white teeth. Perfect blue eyes. And actually, while I come close on some points, I don't fit that stereotype. Most of us don't fit it, and that's the point.
I think the faces of American Beauty looks more like this now that I'm older, and American Beauty has become more inclusive. I've pictured them at the Academy Awards, but really, what do Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong'o, and Jennifer Garner all have in common? They all have glowing skin, great hair and cosmetic contracts. That's Corporate America agreeing that they are beautiful (and that I'm right!)
While it's true that there are a lot of things in this country that still need to be worked on (and that's waaaaay outside the scope of this little blog post), I think we've made a lot of progress. Rather than idealizing one specific archetype of woman, our country is much more embracing of different looks. Woman of different ethnicities, nationalities, weights, and ages are celebrated as beautiful. You no longer need to fit into a very specific mold to be thought of as "attractive", and I love this! I really believe that everyone is beautiful and has beauty in them. You shouldn't be told that just because you don't fit into that "Barbie" archetype that you are not attractive.
IMAXtree, Models backstage at Blumarine Spring/Sumer 2014
So, what does this mean for beauty? Instead of changing your looks to fit that mold, you can simply enhance what features you have. Become your best self, rather than changing your self, to be more beautiful. Work with your hair's texture to get a great style, wear eye shadow that makes your eye color pop, and find a skin care routine that makes your complexion glow.
So, that's what American Beauty means to me. Because we're a melting pot that is becoming (slowly) more tolerant, we're no longer only looking to one "look" as beautiful. We celebrate many different looks, ethnicities and there is room for everyone.
Here's me on a day that I was feeling particularly beautiful (tutorial coming soon on that hair!), and yes! I am not that blond haired and blue eyed model that I grew up thinking was the only way to be beautiful. But, I still am beautiful.
Now that I've shared what American Beauty means to me, what does it mean to you? Kroger and Suave want to know!
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