Friday, October 14, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Check out True Beauty to NAM Girl Paige McArthur





By: Paige McArthur

                What does “true beauty” mean to me? True beauty can mean so many different things. Being beautiful is so much more than what meets the eye. So many people don’t see this. Being beautiful is not always based on the clothes you wear or the amount of makeup you put on before you start your day. It is not the style of clothing you can afford or the cost of the necklace around your neck.
Thankfully, for me, being beautiful is SO much more than any of these things. Being beautiful is showing unconditional love to the ones who mean the most to you in life. It is doing what in your heart you feel is right even when the rest of the world may be doing the total opposite. To me the most beautiful and true thing you could ever do in your life is accept Jesus Christ into your heart and have faith that he will help you conquer all of life’s journeys.  Because without your Lord and savior what is possible in this life? In my opinion the answer is NOTHING! He makes life so much more beautiful and when I look in the mirror every day I see him and thank him for all of the beautiful opportunities he has blessed me with.
Through pageantry I never imagined how many truly beautiful friends I would make. Many girls who are not only beyond beautiful on the outside, but on the inside as well.  For every new friend I meet through beauty pageants I know that is why God placed this hobby in my life. Pageants are not all about the glitz and glam. They are not all about winning prizes or a beautiful crown. They are about what you do with the crown to make a difference in the life of others in your community and around the world. We are role models for younger children and are expected to set an outstanding example for these young girls and boys to live by!
For everyone in this world there is something beautiful in you. It is up to you to find out just what that may be. I feel that the most beautiful thing about me is my loving heart and being a great friend to others. Sometimes that is all a person really needs in life is a true friend. I feel so lucky to not only be beautiful on the outside but to also have such true beauty on the inside.

Monday, October 10, 2011

True Beauty is ....




According to Dictionary.com, the definition of “True” is the following three statements:

1. Being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false.
2. Real; genuine; authentic.
3. Sincere; not deceitful.

            Also, the definition of “Beauty” according to Dictionary.com is:

1. The quality present in a thing or person that gives intense           pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising           from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a           meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a        personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).

            So, to put together these words, logically, “True Beauty” means a “genuine ‘like’ person’s exterior qualities.” Is that all it’s really about? People are judging others on whether or not they are beautiful… and it’s all a matter of opinion. Not everyone likes the same things and no two people are identical. So, who are we to judge whether or not someone is beautiful. We’re all different, but we’re all still the same. I know that’s a contradiction in itself, but we look at others on the exterior and we’re all original; however, sometimes you have to go deeper than that to find “true beauty”.

            So, what is “true beauty” in the non-logical and completely opinionated definition? My definition: a person who has spirit, who can be who they really are without worry; someone who’s dedicated, honest, supportive, helpful, caring, and, most of all, unique. They have to be themselves. Flaws and everything.
            No one can be their own person without being unique, and that’s what every person with true beauty is. There’s no such thing as normal. Every person that I meet is trying to find themselves. They’re searching, but they’re searching for the wrong thing. They’re searching for a sense of “normalcy” when there’s no such thing! No one’s normal and that’s what makes a person unique without them even knowing. Nevertheless, the person that realizes this uniqueness in everyone, including themselves, is the one with true beauty. No amount of make-up can make that.
            We all have true beauty somewhere inside us. It’s our personality. Who we are as a person is what people should be judging us as, if at all. Our outer beauty is a plus, but to be truly beautiful is to have an even greater inner beauty. Writing this reminds me of the show True Beauty with Tyra Banks. They judged the person’s outer beauty while judging their inner beauty without the contestants knowing. The show helped people realize that it’s not all about what you look like, but it’s also how you act that makes you a beautiful person.
            Children, teenagers, even adults need to remember that not everything is based on how you look. If everyone knew they were being judged on their true inner beauty before their outer beauty, I’m almost certain that everyone would act a little nicer and smile a little brighter every day. That’s what everyone needs. That’s what true beauty really is.