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Beauty

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A Dove ad showing how models are heavily photoshopped.

Contributed by Empriś Durden

"I should be more thankful for my natural beauty" Take this to heart and realize you are beautiful!

Contributed by Jeana Logue

The Secret to be Beautiful from Jenna Marbles

Contributed by Jeana Logue

This series of videos explores the idea of beauty and its implications.

Contributed by David Hamilton

The Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre) was burned in 80 AD to keep the people of ancient Rome occupied. Now in the present day, it's a tourist attraction. This piece of historical architecture holds so much history and beauty that represents the amount of time, integrity, and human effort it took to build something to grand. The picture attached was taken by me on March 9th, 2013 on my study abroad trip to Italy.

Contributed by Daní Líps

Marilyn Monroe if her face was symmetrical. Beauty does not necessarily require symmetry yet we still seek it.

Contributed by Janine De La Cruz

Symmetry is a major contributor to outward beauty. Picasso's works of art are known for its asymmetrical characteristics and are not necessarily described as beautiful but rather a statement or form of artistic expression. However, symmetry in the face and body is pleasing to the eye and thus many digital and surgical methods have been invented to achieve it. More often times than not do magazine photography editors photoshop pictures to achieve symmetry in the model's face or body proportions. Even in Ancient Greek statues we see symmetry. Even in statues of regular people we see too-perfect-to-be-real representations. We have even taken our obsession with symmetry beyond the scope of physical beauty. We seek symmetry in practically everything we do--whether we are aware of it or not.

Contributed by Joanne Park

In the times of the Ancient Romans, beauty was described as a confidence; this is why you see almost every picture from this time period with beauty being executed in the form of nakedness. Women were not known to be what we call "modest." It was common for males and females to bathe together. The physical beauty was not as important to earlier society as it is today. Women portrayed their beauty through household chores and obedience, rather than physical exposure. Men were attracted to the characteristics that women could provide for the inner home, while the man provided for the outside of the home. A man's beauty was judged by the outer appearance of strength and power. If a man was ranked high in the military (showing his power), he was known as a highly-wanted man. He was usually offered women that did not show strong confidence or self respect as an award. Marriages were often planned and the individual's decisions were not considered; this also took away from the attraction to physical appearance, since marriage was determined by skill and abilities.

Contributed by Kaycee Danielle Wilson

Beauty: an inherently precious worth attributed to a thing/person for its likeness/contrast to that which we believe to be preeminent; used as a term to describe that which is like or positively contrasting to that which we believe to be preeminent

Contributed by Samantha Regis

Beauty can be easily manipulated. It is also subjective. People generally considered "beautiful" can also be "ugly", depending on their current state.

Contributed by Gwen McKee