What is beauty?

What is beauty? If you look up the definition, beauty is 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.) We all want to be beautiful! We want that feeling of satisfaction, of looking and actually FEELING beautiful!

Growing up as a Latina, a Mexican female in the United States and having to see very few women that looked like myself on television and/or magazines was a bit difficult. I grew up with the idea that beauty was what was being shown, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz…it wasn’t until Tyra Banks came along that I remember seeing a curvy woman on the big screen.

Growing up with two very skinny sisters, I was often called “cachetona” or it always had to be pointed out that I was in fact, CURVY. So basically, I felt that I didn’t “fit in”. When in reality, growing up in a Hispanic community, curves were aaaaaall around me. I just didn’t see them as beautiful…

That was until I experienced living in Mexico. For the first time I was in Mexico for longer than just two, three weeks…I was living there. I was working in the city and I got to see things differently. I was able to observe A LOT and it was then, that everything fell into place. First few days there, I was shocked to see so many beautiful women. Not only were these women beautiful, these women had CURVES! Big voluptuous butts, big boobs, thighs…and women were so confident in flaunting them! Instead of hearing women talk about liposuction and diets, you heard “I want bigger, I want more”. It was all very different from the United States. One day, I went to an art exhibition, paintings and photos of naked women hung on the white wall (One of them being the featured image of my article)…Naked women who had real bodies, or bodies similar to mine I should say, and it wasn’t one or two photos, it was an entire exhibition! For the first time in my life, I felt like I understood why I looked the way I did and why I should appreciate it!

I am not going to lie and say that I am now 100% satisfied with my body because I am not…and I can probably assume that most of us females aren’t. We all have body issues! But I can tell you that from that day on, from that wonderful experience, I made myself the promise that I would stop being so harsh on myself. God gave me curves! It defines who I am, a Latina, something I am extremely proud of being.

I love seeing thicker women on TV today (in the United States), Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Sofia Vergara! And I love how these women are appreciated and loved for not only their talent but for their bodies. It is important that we not only learn to love and appreciate ourselves but each other, regardless of your ethnicity, color, shape or size. That color, shape, size defines YOU! Flaunt it!