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

Thursday, June 11, 2009



Elaine is in 7th grade. She loves music, writing stories, guitar, cello, and being creative.

What do you think beauty is?

“Beauty is being yourself. Everybody in themselves is beautiful, so if your yourself, you can be beautiful. Who you are in the inside is what makes true beauty.”

When do you feel the most beautiful?

“When I help somebody and they come and thank me, it makes me feel so good. That makes me feel beautiful.”

What effect does our cultures idea of beauty have?

“I think it’s shallow when girls try to fit our cultures idea of beauty. It’s like, if your pretty on the outside, everybody will like you and it doesn’t matter how badly your hurting on the inside. If your look pretty on the outside everything is okay.”

What do you wish woman knew about real beauty?

“Physical beauty is only skin deep and that’s not what kids our age should be worrying about. They should be worrying about who they are inside. When Jesus cleans the inside, the outside becomes beautiful. If you change yourself inside and allow God to mold you into that person He originally wanted you to be, then people will look and say, ‘Wow, she really is beautiful, generous, kind, and anyone can go and talk to her.’ I think that’s what girls need to learn about, that’s what they need to see and understand.”

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