Kianna Garmanian, Staff Writer
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How many of you have glanced in the mirror and were disappointed at what you saw, or constantly told yourself how bad you looked? We are all probably familiar with these moments, whether it be shaming your weight, height, hair, or general appearance. And, let me tell you, if you have dealt with these feelings, you are not alone. According to various studies, about 85 percent of individuals deal with low self-esteem and body image issues. Some may experience more negative feelings than others, so the result of self-esteem issues leads to different outcomes for everyone.
Children, teenagers, young adults, and adults are constantly being told by the media and others that they are not good enough, not fit enough, not talented enough, not pretty enough, not perfectly flawless, and not free of imperfections. Companies feed on such claims and sell thousands of products that are supposedly able to “cure” your body from any sort of blemish. How about the miracle cream that reduces under eye circles or the secret formula to losing 20 pounds in a week? Ever heard of the anti-aging advertisements or the perfect shampoo to win over the love of your life? The list goes on and on, and millions upon millions of dollars are invested each year into these types of products.
We live in a world where looks are criticized, judged, and picked apart. Beauty is defined by specific labels and standards, mostly centered around outward appearances. So then, what hope does 85 percent of the population have to “achieve” or “earn” beauty? According to many media sources, beauty is all about sculpting the perfect body, with small waists for women, six pack abdominal muscles for men, and of course, not having any cellulite! Yet, amidst all the false definitions of beauty, the Bible has a different view on this matter.
1 Peter 3:3-4: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
What a wonderful reminder to each of us who has struggled or currently struggles with low self-esteem and body image issues. This beautiful Bible passage explains that it is your soul, your very essence, that matters most. How do you treat others? Are you a kind-hearted and loving individual? Contrary to what society says, beauty is not about what you look like on the outside, but instead, who you are on the inside. Sophomore Melissa Brito comments, “I feel like beauty is defined by who you are and your personality, rather than what is externally, or on the outside. The thing is, what society defines as beautiful will fade away with age- yet, your personality will not.”
The next time you start doubting your worth, importance, or beauty, remember this Bible passage and the great love of God, who looks upon the beauty of your soul. Freshman Rowan Carabba says, “God made everything beautiful, and God made you. Therefore, you are beautiful!”
Remember, you are beautiful and you are loved! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.