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

Friday, June 19, 2009



Kim lives in Willow Grove and has been working with Crosswalk for 6 years. Kim enjoys reading, going out for coffee with friends, and traveling to Ireland.

Do you think your beautiful?

“It depends on what day it is. Yes, there are definitely days when I feel ugly, whether it’s internal or external. But there are definitive times and places, I would say times in the Spirit, when I know I’m beautiful. When you stop gauging who defines your beauty and you start realizing Who really defines your beauty, that’s when you feel beautiful.”

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

“Most of the time I just think it’s dumb, so it’s okay. But there are some parts that do effect you, and you think, ‘I’m never ever going to measure up to those people.’ But at the same time, you know people who are like that, and you know what they are really like. I think the culture is trying to replace true beauty with something you can just make up. It’s dumb.”

What do you think God finds beautiful in a woman?

“I think God thinks people are beautiful just by being themselves. He wouldn’t have created us if He didn’t want us. And when He sees us excelling or He sees us doing the thing we always wanted to do, and doing it well, I think it makes Him happy.”

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