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 25, 2009



Nancy was born and raised in Miami, became a Christian at 19, and has loved working with Jr. high ever since! She has 5 kids and has been married 29 years.

What do you think beauty is?

“God as Creator created everything beautiful and any beauty we have is just a reflection of His beauty. We should try to keep it (our beauty) as clear of ourselves as possible, so it’s really reflecting Him.”

Do you think your beautiful?

“I think when I am thinking kindly and walking in the Spirit then, yes, otherwise, no. It has a lot to so with the Spirit.”

What is the effect of our culture’s definition of beauty on women?

“The focus is so much on being small, tiny, and thin. Being large boned or being heavier just doesn’t fit in to America’s idea of beauty. The kids that are made fun of in my class are often those that are heavy. It’s very sad.”

When do you feel the most beautiful?

“I feel beautiful when I am worshipping. I forget how I look, so when I am finished it’s like, ‘Whoa, I wasn’t even self-conscious there for a few minutes’.”

What do you think God finds beautiful in a woman?

“A quiet and gentle spirit. Gentle is not rewarded in our society at all. People who are kind and gentle or quit spirited are overlooked in our society and looked as though they are weak.”

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