about the project

In our society, beauty has become a brand. It’s sexy. It’s skinny. It has flawless skin.

If you’ve watched a movie, read a magazine, or listened to the radio in the past decade, this isn’t new information. You’ve passed the magazines and billboards of digitally altered women, and clearly heard the message,

“You’ll never be quite good enough.”

For a long time I have criticized myself against this impossible standard, questioning in my heart if I was beautiful. I’ve spent years feeling insecure, dissatisfied with the way God created me, because I don’t measure up to this standard.

But in the past year I have realized something, the standard is wrong. Beauty isn’t something that can be airbrushed or photo shopped. It’s not a certain look or body type. It’s much more than that.

The goal of this project was to highlight a different type of beauty, a kind you won‘t find in magazine. It’s a confident, strong, creative, and unique. It’s found in womans' heart and it shines through her eyes. It glorifies the Creator.

These women exemplify this beauty and have graciously shared their hearts on the subject. I hope you enjoy their wisdom and realize that

you are beautiful.

the video

Wednesday, June 24, 2009



Anya is a nurse and has been married for two years. She likes to sing, write, read and go to the movies. Anya is always looking for different ways to express her creativity.

What do you think beauty is?

"Beauty is defined by many other words: lovely, funny, humble, kind...but none of the words describe beauty are related to the physical. They refer to exuding other positive qualities that are not related to any outer "beauty". Beauty can look like anything, but the positive qualities that define it are individual and unique and can vary person to person."

How has our culture’s definition of beauty effected you?

"The culture definitely confuses me in my thought processes. I see what our culture glorifies in terms of beauty, and it usually is related to not only being attractive on the outside, but promoting a much more sexually charged image. It can cause even myself to consider things 'beautiful' that I wouldn't normally."

What do you wish women knew about real beauty?

"That real beauty also equals real worth. It would be impossible to feel and acknowledge that you are beautiful if you don't also realize that you are WORTH something. Usually, women link being physically attractive to having worth...but what if you're in an accident and left disfigured? Or if you become poor and unable to keep up with "trends"? Feeling beautiful God's way usually translates to feeling like you're worth something more than just material things and an outer appearance, which also gives confidence and peace in who you are."

What do you think God finds beautiful in a woman?

"God sees things we don't see in our lives. He must see all the weaknesses we might have as woman, but sees them in a perfected form. He sees us as His daughters and, because of the cross, we're perfect."

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