In today’s society we have begun to base a woman’s worth on her beauty, and have defined beauty in a way unattainable for most women. This longing to be “beautiful” has fueled women to try absurd dieting tactics, develop eating disorders, and even turn to plastic surgery. Beyonce’s song rightfully titled Pretty Hurts points out the unhealthy self image society has allocated to women and girls with the words:
“…Pretty Hurts, we shine the light on whatever’s worst,
perfection is a disease of a nation pretty hurts pretty hurts
pretty hurts we shine the light on whatever’s worst
try to fix something but you can’t fix what you can’t see
it’s the soul that need the surgery…”
The lyrics to this haunting tune highlight the tendency women have to over analyze their outer appearance, looking for “flaws” and a way to fix them when the real issue to be solved lies within the discontented self. The label “skin deep” has been forced upon beauty draining it of its relevance, especially when this skin deep image being sought after is so disturbingly distorted. According to the article Media Influence when asked to choose an ideal body image 74% of women will choose one that is significantly underweight. Unfortunately this is not surprising in a world where “50% of commercials aimed at women mention physical attractiveness” (Media Influence, raderprograms.com). It is time that a female’s worth does not rely on what she wears or the size of her waistline but by her character. “Do not let your adorning be external… but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a quiet spirit…” 1 Peter 3:4 (ESV). This verse calls upon us to look past what is in the mirror and peer within our hearts and find satisfaction in who we are not what we look like. It is important that we begin to evaluate ones attractiveness in this manner because if we fail to do so this idea can significantly damage the community by putting out the message that it is acceptable to live an unjust life as long as you “look good”. This can lead women to stop striving for there dreams and goals leaving them broken and distraught seeking approval amongst a society where “pretty hurts”.