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

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hannah A.


Hannah is in 7th grade. She likes reading and playing the saxophone.

What do you think beauty is?

“Being beautiful is when your different. You don’t follow the crowd or the popular people, and try to be what they think is beautiful. It’s being yourself.”

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

“It’s hard to be in 7th grade because, the thing is, you have to be a size two, and have the newest styles, and if you don’t have those things, sometimes you get talked about.”

What do you wish women knew about real beauty?

“You don’t need to be skanky to be pretty. A lot of people think you have to wear skin-tight paint-on pants, and really low shirts, but no one really wants to see a girl dressed like that.”

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