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The definition of beauty



There is beauty in everything, and it is up to us to see, to feel, to touch and to experience.

Through the years, we remember some quotable quotes, such as the French fashion designer who rattled the world with her visionary trendy ideas, the Coco Chanel, who declared, “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

The nymph-like film icon, Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA awardee, UNICEF ambassador and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn enthused, “The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because this is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”

Diplomat, human rights activist and the longest serving First Lady of the United States of America, Eleanor Roosevelt avowed, “No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.”

Even the visually impaired saw the beauty in all things. Thus, let’s not forget Helen Keller, the deaf and blind educator and bestselling author who affirmed that “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”

Some believe true beauty is defined by someone’s outer appearance, while others contend the real beauty of a person goes far beyond physical facade.

There is beauty all around us. We are able to find it in almost any expression, be it in personalities and places, art and fashion, landscapes and environment. We have the ability to perceive, and the passion to admire them.

Meanwhile, meet five lovely Cebuanas and their opinions on what encompasses true beauty.

 Frances Alfafara

At the heart of beauty is the comfort in carrying oneself with graceful elegance and quiet confidence without being imposingly overbearing. I find the truly beautiful those who are delightfully and silently at ease sans the need for applause and praise from others.

Beauty is being calm and collected, unfussy and independent. More than anything, it always shines through in actions — in being kind, compassionate and considerate, patient, tolerant and forgiving within reason.

Isabel Velasco

Many persons perceive beauty as something physical, something visual. But beauty is not simply about having a pretty face. For the most part, it is our innermost feelings and desires, and it reflects in our eyes. To put it humbly, beauty is being the best possible version of yourself, inside and out.

Alice Woolbright

Beauty is more than just seeing aesthetically pleasing sights. It always starts in the heart. It is felt within your soul. It is about self-love, accepting and embracing all the qualities in yourself — including your imperfections — that sets you apart from the rest. Beauty is also confidence and humility all rolled into one.

It is about exuberating an inner glow without being boastful. A beautiful person does not feel the need to change who they are, but rather enhance themselves and improve on exemplifying their greatest values. That, to me, is true beauty.

Aziza Mondoñedo

My definition of beauty has changed over the years. I think that is part of my evolution as a person.

Beauty is a work in progress, always striving to be better. It is accepting imperfections, being flawed and embracing those flaws. It is owning who you are and celebrating what you can contribute.

Most importantly, to be beautiful is to be able to see all of the other beauty in everything that exists around you.

Nicole Ong

First as a wife, then as a mom, my view about beauty has changed significantly. I have come to realize that when you are genuine, kind to yourself and to others, your beauty will always naturally show itself. Regardless of your physical attributes, if you do not have a good heart, your external beauty won’t radiate.