I love the saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” It’s never been truer! Especially when the fashion and entertainment industry try to shove their idea of beauty down our throats. And as Latinas, we’re always battling the stereotypes that they’ve placed before us. The truth is, we all have different opinions of what beauty is.
But what about “true beauty”? Does it mean something different to you?
I believe that true beauty shines from the inside out. The latest fashion and beauty products have nothing to do with it. It’s about loving yourself for who you are, not what you look like. It’s also about living a positive life and helping those who are in need. It’s about being the best human being you can possibly be. That’s my definition in a nutshell.
I was curious to find out how other Latinas from different parts of the country viewed true beauty. I asked, and 15 answered. On a side note, I’m so honored to know these women.
What does true beauty mean to you?
“True beauty is reflected in one’s soul—being truthful, honest, helpful, and trustworthy. Smiling at others even when you are having a bad day, complimenting someone and meaning it, spending time with family and friends, kindness, and most importantly being the best person that you can be.” — Yvette, MuyBuenoCookbook.com
“True beauty is how you feel about yourself. Knowing and accepting who you are, despite what others think of you. That confidence eventually comes from many life experiences and lessons. Figuring out what you like, what you don’t like and owning it. 40 I feel is the magic number. You’ve lived enough to know your direction in life, but young enough to make core changes. You can be the skinniest, prettiest and most social woman, but if you don’t like what you see in the mirror, then it doesn’t make a difference. Knowing who you are, accepting your individuality and owning it everyday…is true beauty.” — Silvia
“When I was younger, my abuelita told me that that true beauty is within you. She stressed to me and my sister that we should never judge a book by its cover because external beauty would fade and all that we are left with who we are as people. She said even the most beautiful people can be ugly. She was 100% correct and I have always tried to be beautiful inside before being beautiful outside.” — Carolyn, CaroInCarolina.com
“True beauty goes beyond our reflection in the mirror. It’s taken me time to understand that, I’ve struggled with body image most of life. It’s easy to flip through magazines and point at all the images that look nothing like me. However, I’m learning to embrace all the things that my body can do, rather than focus on what it looks like. Self-acceptance is the first step to achieving true beauty.” — Lisa, Babble Contributor & AutismWonderland.com
“Audrey Hepburn once said “True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.” I believe anyone can be beautiful with confidence, a positive attitude, and a loving heart. An ugly personality or attitude will show through any physical features no matter how beautiful one is on the outside! True beauty truly comes from within and will shine through to the eyes of the beholder.” — Brenda
“True beauty is being confident in your multi-cultural self, accepting your flaws (but not obsessing over them) and being open to new people and experiences. It’s about realizing that you are different, but knowing that you still fit in regardless of where you come from. It’s about living in the moment.” — Pattie, LivingMiVidaLoca.com
“True beauty is the very essence of what Latinas are, and should be. We are role models, we are mothers, sisters, daughters, cousins, warriors. We often fight a double-battle, because we are both mujeres and minorities. The mujeres I know and am close to are beautiful—selfless, fiercely devoted to their causes and to their fellow hermanas, loyal and possessing an innate integrity. I believe actions and attitude make a bolder statement than the latest fashion. Wear your attitude well, and others will see your belleza.” — Laurita, HoldinOutforaHero.com & EspressoconLeche.com
“To me, the definition of true beauty is someone who knows who she is inside and out. She doesn’t need to define who she is, she just needs to be. She can girly and flirty, or tough and stern, but always stays true to herself.” — Yolanda, Babble Voices contributor & SassyMamainLA.com
“True beauty is confidence in who you are and what you do. Latinas are not always taught to speak up because appearances matter too much. I finally learned on my own that when I speak up to defend who I am and what I believe in, I feel confident and beautiful.” — Ana, LatinaBloggersConnect.com
“From my mother, to my sisters, to my nieces, to my daughters, to my friends—I have dozens of other Cuban women in my life. I’m always amazed at how lovely they are at most any age. My own mom is 99-years-old and is still beautiful. There are three things these beauties have in common: 1)They are comfortable in their own skin. 2)They laugh a lot. 3)They are generous. To me they are all truly beautiful.” — Marta, MyBigFatCubanFamily.com
“In my opinion, true beauty is about your principles and the way that you treat others. People with “true beauty,¨ captivate your heart.” — Natalia, ComiendoEnLA.com
“True beauty is not found on the outside. One of the most beautiful people I’ve known was my ‘Buelita. In her seventies and eighties, she was a plump, wrinkled viejita who loved people and was always kind and compassionate. She always had a smile or a laugh, and that inner beauty taught me the true meaning of what it is to be beautiful.” — Monica, MommyMaestra.com
“My definition of true beauty is that radiant smile found when you’ve accomplished what you want at each stage of life and have found peace inside.” — Silvia M., MamaLatinaTips.com
“True beauty does not come from your beauty products or the clothes you wear. It grows from your kindness, your laughter and your ability to bring out joy from everyone you meet.” — Divina, DancingHotDogs.com
“True beauty for me is looking beyond what you’ve told is beautiful and recognizing what makes you unique. Once you recognize that, you can feel confident and really reflect your beauty. It’s not about size, proportion or symmetry. It rather is aligning who you are with who you show the world.” — Jeannette, Babble Voices contributor & HispanaGlobal.comMore On