WHAT IS BEAUTY?

CATHERINE - PARIS, FRANCE

What is Beauty?

An Emotion

What's the most beautiful thing in the world to you?

Those little moments when I feel one with the world. Then everything is beautiful, the landscape, the people, absolutely everything!

What makes a woman beautiful?

To be open to others and as a result to feel appreciated.

What makes a woman unbeautiful

Anguish and pain

Do you feel beautiful? 

Sometimes, when I look in people's eyes and I see confidence. 

 

Helen - Paris, France.

What is Beauty?

Beauty depends on the soul and exposure to life. I was lucky cause I was born in a poor family, my father spent 10 years as a prisoner in Germany and the women in my family grew strong. My mother was a miracle! That's beauty.

What's the most beautiful thing in the world to you?

Meeting my companion, my husband. I had two vocations in life, being an actress and being a good partner...we met in theater.

What makes a woman beautiful?

Oh, the soul of course! The life lived, conciousness, the things and people  you care about, what you think of things, being gentle and pleasent with everyone and opening your eyes.

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

Giving importance to things that have no values and feeling above others.


Do you feel beautiful?

I think I'm too expressive , i show too much!


 

ANNIKA - MONNO, ITALY

What is Beauty?

The most important Beauty to me is the one with have within ourselves, our self esteem, sweetness,serenity. A person will never say he/she is beautiful if she/he doesn't feel those things. Exterior beauty can be changed with years and money, but inner beauty can't,people can perceive it from just being near you, that's beauty to me!

What's the most beautiful thing in the world to you?

Happiness, because if you have that you have everything.

What makes a woman beautiful?

A woman is beautiful if she takes care of herself, if she is sweet, kind and polite and above all if she gives you a beautiful smile.

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

Arrogance, vulgarity and

shallowness. If a woman face things in a superficial way she's unbeautiful to me.

Do you feel beautiful?

It depends from my mood, i tend to be very self critical of my body.



 


 

FLICKY - KINSALE, IRELAND

What is Beauty?

Beauty is not just a physical attribute, it's something that emanates from within goodness and humility. Most things in the natural universe are beautiful, even if you have to consider what makes them so.

What's the most beautiful thing in the world to you?

My children and nature.

What makes a woman beautiful?

Being kind, honest and humble.

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

Being selfish, materialistic and aloof.

Do you feel beautiful?

I'm not sure I could take on the beautiful label, but happy yes, and happiness emanates beauty :)

 


 

AUDREY, PARIS

What is Beauty? 

For me Beauty is both physical and mental. Physical beauty, under a society and scientific aspect, lays in the symmetry of facial traits, but for me a person's beauty is all about the little peculiarities and "imperfections" , those that make a face different, unique and incredibly beautiful to my eyes.


What is the most beautiful thing in the world for you?

In an absolutel not objective way I have to say that the most beautiful thing on this world for me right now is my girlfriend


What makes a woman beautiful?

I think what makes a woman 'beautiful' is, like I said before, her differences and peculiarities. I could fall in love with a woman's gaze or her soul more than her outer beauty.


What makes a woman unbeautiful? 

I don't think there are women less beautiful than others or that there's something that makes them unbeautiful; I think that beauty should be subjective and that every woman is beautiful for someone somewhere around the world. It's all about personal taste.

Do you feel beautiful?

I don't feel either sublime nor ugly. I accept myself for how I am and how I look and I am very comfortable with my body. I know my girlfriend finds me fantastic and the feeling is mutual, i think that's all it matters!

 


 

NISHAN - SOFUMAR< ETHIOPIA

What is beauty?

A flower


What is the most beautiful thing in the world for you?
My sisters


What makes a woman beautiful?
Health


What makes a woman unbeautiful?
Bad health and rage


Do you feel beautiful?
Yes

RUTHIE - NYC

What is beauty?

I am for sure drawn to aesthetically pleasing things, places and spaces but for me beauty is so much more about a feel. a girl could be the most beautiful person in the world but if her heart isn't kind and loving than to me she doesn't seem as beautiful. i am do drawn to beautiful spirits more than anything.

What’s the most beautiful thing in the world for you?

my friends smiles

What makes a woman beautiful?
when she has a loving and kind heart

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

oh i dont know that anyone is un beautiful. i dont love when girls are mean to each other or put other women down, that makes my heart hurt when i see that.

Do you feel beautiful? you know, as women we can be so hard on ourselves…we pick ourselves a part and scrutinize all of our faults. i use to be really hard on myself physically but a few years ago i started feeling so much more comfortable in my own skin. i feel beautiful because i feel so loved, by my friends and my family. I have a fella that tells me I'm beautiful everyday and he sees me at my worst and still finds me lovely and beautiful. That sort of unconditional love changes the way you see yourself.

 


 

DANA - YUCTAN, MEXICO

What is Beauty?

Qualities that pleases the aesthetic senses, something that you could see or feel that makes you real happy

What's the most beautiful thing in the world to you?

Family

What makes a woman beautiful?

Confidence, selflove, selfcare, and lots of working in becoming abetter person everyday, for me that shows beauty

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

I think every woman is beautiful in her own way, but the lack of confidence and if you don't love yourself maybe that could reflect some negativities in the beauty of woman


Do you feel beautiful?

Like most of the girls in the world Ihave insecurities, but I try to work everyday onthem to feel the best I could feel about myself,so yes I am beautiful and I'm proud to say so!


 


 

LAURA - MONNO, ITALY

What is Beauty?

To me Beauty is what I can see in another person not outwardly but more inwardly 

What is the most beautiful thing in the world?

Health and Happiness.

What makes a woman beautiful?

I think what makes a woman beautiful is the way she is and act, by being nice and happy.

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

Not being nice.

Do you feel beautiful?

I don't feel particularly beautiful but I don't feel ugly either, i think the most important thing is that I feel good and serene with who I am.

 


 

ELENA - PARIS,FRANCE

What is Beauty?
Love, joy, passion, generosity, originality, confidence, hopefulness… and the list could go on and on. Beauty to me transcends looks and aesthetics. I love this quote by Audrey Hepburn: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
What's the most beautiful thing in the world to you?
Kindness, generosity and selflessness. To me, the most beautiful people in the world are those who help others out of compassion and solidarity, without desiring anything in return. 
What makes a woman beautiful?
Joy, positivity and strength. 
What makes a woman unbeautiful?
Women are constantly bombarded by messages that tell us we are not enough just as we are. That we need to buy a plethora of products - or even resort to surgery - to make ourselves more beautiful. We are often our own toughest critics. In addition to this, especially when it comes to celebrity culture, it’s very common to tear women down publicly, pointing out perceived flaws (“look at the cellulite on X celebrity” or “Y looks so ugly without makeup”). This practice has to stop. Men’s bodies are not the subject of such close scrutiny; they live their lives without carrying this big weight on their shoulders. Because of this, I would never ever dare tell a woman that she is not beautiful. Throughout her life, she has already faced so much scrutiny and criticism. But if we were to go below the surface and judge inner beauty, I think that envy, jealousy and bitterness are incredibly unattractive qualities.
Do you feel beautiful?
I do, now. Of course, like any woman, I’ve experienced feelings of insecurity, shame and inadequacy about my body. But ever since I started working on my documentary The Illusionists, I realized that one of the main sources of this insecurity was the constant propaganda by media, advertising and the fashion industry. The beauty we see displayed on billboards, in magazines, on TV and on screens all around us is a narrow, manufactured beauty that excludes 99% of the population. Witnessing how there is an epidemic of body dissatisfaction around the world has completely changed the way I see myself. I am incredibly grateful for my body – especially for all the things it allows me to do.

 


 

YOANNA - TRINIDAD, CUBA

What is Beauty?

Beauty is something that you find inside

What's the most beautiful thing in the world to you?

My children.

What makes a woman beautiful?

To be aware of the beauty god gifted her

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

Seeking people attention too much.

Do you feel beautiful?

Yes, I feel I'm a beautiful person.


 


 

NASTASIA - NYC 

What is Beauty? 

Simplicity is beauty. Love is beauty. Inspiration and light is beauty. Diversity is beauty. Passionate old souls are beautiful. The list goes on and on but I can assure you, the last place you will find genuine beauty is in a fashion magazine. Beauty manifests itself in so many forms but it shines the brightest when one genuinely opens their heart to the world and its people.

What’s the most beautiful thing in the world to you?
Genuine kindness. I’m a people watcher and am alone a lot so whenever I’m waiting or walking around, I observe people’s emotions and interactions with one another. People are most beautiful when they give a little piece of themselves to the world through something as simple as a smile.

What makes a woman beautiful?
It’s all in how a woman carries herself. In the way she treats others, in the way she loves, her passions, her hopes, her dreams. You become beautiful the moment you decide to be unapologetically yourself.

What makes a woman unbeautiful?
Ironic but all of the “stuff” that women think they need to accumulate (beauty products, expensive designer clothes, plastic surgery, etc.) is really working against what it’s supposed to do. In fact, the more we accumulate and buy, the more “unbeautiful” we become because the focus is on the pressure to be like everyone else, hence robbing ourselves of the very essence of who we are. Define your own self, don’t allow anyone else to define who you are. Less is more.

Do you feel beautiful?
I do. There are days when I don’t, just like everyone else but I remind myself of all the things that I should be grateful for and that helps me gain perspective. I had major back surgery when I was 12 resulting in a giant scar and protrusion on the left side of my back. I used to hate it and felt hideous. It still bothers me sometimes but I’ve learned to embrace it for the most part. I look at it as a symbol of resilience and strength. I’ve endured pain but I’ve also overcome it.


 


 

PAULINA - MERIDA, MEXICO

What is Beauty?
When you feel attracted and pleased by something .
What's the most beautiful thing in the world to you?
nature
What makes a woman beautiful? 
the confidence that she has in herself
What makes a woman unbeautiful? 
The feeling of not being beautiful
Do you feel beautiful? 
 Yes, but not always.

 


 

EMILY - NYC, UNITED STATES

What is beauty? 
Natural, untouched, it is a rawness that can not be duplicated
What is the most beautiful thing in the world to you? 
My family
What makes a women beautiful? 
Her character. Whether it's quirky or confident, soft spoken or over the top. It is what makes each female so unique to who they are.
What makes a woman un-beautiful? 
Falsity. Trying to fit in a mold of what others want/tell you to be.
Do you feel beautiful?
Yes :)

 


 


Savitri - Gokarna, Karnataka, India - February 2017


What is Beauty?

A baby's smile. Is what you feel when you see that, or the surise or a flower blossom.

What's the most beautiful thing in the world for you? 

Moterhood and God.

What makes a woman beautiful?

The smile.

What makes a woman unbeautiful? 

Anger.

Do you feel beautiful?

No. Beauty is a concern for the youth, I'm old.

 

UNIQUE - HONG KONG

What is beauty? Beauty is smiling and confidence, to me it’s not about out looks, because it doesn’t last forever.

What’s the most beautiful thing in the world to you?Hahah, actually everything now in the world It feels beautiful, the people, the landscapes, the air we breathe and soon, but the most important thing is when a person has a smile on her/his face, it’s the most beautiful moment EVER because it is exactly what we have been losing nowadays, the ability to smile and we don’t even realize it.  

What makes a woman beautiful? Again when they smile , and also when they have confidence. But at the same time I am thinking…um…actually when a person is sad but if they’re brave enough to come out of the darkness and brave enough to embrace the pain to make him/her grow, actually it also makes that person beautiful. 

What makes a woman unbeautiful? When she doesn’t have faith and motivation. Sometimes being lost is a good thing because we can reorganize ourselves and find the exit and keep going ahead but if we let ourselves indulge being lost, that makes a woman unbeautiful as well to me. 

Do you feel Beautiful? SURE YES!Coz I know what life means to me : )


 


 

CAITRIONA - IRELAND

What is beauty ?

I think beauty is a feeling thats brought on by happiness and love.

What's the most beautiful thing in the world?

Happiness, love amd nature but their beauty can be very different.

What makes a woman beautiful?

When she is happy or confident or doing something they love.

What makes a woman unbeautiful? 

I dont think anything can make a woman unbeautiful but women can feel unbeautiful, from unrealistic expectations, insecurities and other things.
Do you feel beautiful?

Yeah I feel beautiful.

 


 

LEILA - MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

What is beauty?

Beauty for me leads first to the outside apparence. Of course you are always first attracted to the body curves, hair, hight, smile,eyes colors...however to be able to speak about Beauty you need to add something else: the inside apparence. I know it's so cliche but for me you can see a beauty shining only where the personality,the values, the soul and the apparence are present together. Beauty is the imperfection.

What’s the most beautiful thing in the world toyou?

The most beautiful thing for me on earth it's nature. 

What makes a woman beautiful?

Same thing for women, they are beautiful when they are natural.For me that's what makes a woman beautiful

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

. When you are wearing too much make up, and adding too much artifice in yourself (on your hair...) you are not the same person and it can reflect a different part of your personality or just somebody that you are not. It can also a low confidence in yourself.

Do you feel Beautiful?

I think like every girl that there are days better than others.Somedays i feel beautiful and somedays i feel ugly? The clothes give you confidence. You feel good when you look good.

 


 

Bindu - Varanasi, India - March 2017 

What is beauty? 

God

What's the most beautiful thing in the world for you?

Benares. My city, my river.

What makes a woman beautiful?

looking clean and eat well

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

Being poor and not be healthy

wearing too much make up to cover up.

Do you feel beautiful?

No. Nobody ever tells me I'm beautiful.


ASHLEY - NYC, UNITED STATES

What is beauty?

Beauty to me can be absolutely anything. Either physical or mental. It all depends. I'm not sure I can really put words to it. It's a feeling.

What's the most beautiful thing in the world to you?

When i'm feeling really happy and content.

What makes a woman beautiful?

The way a woman acts is what makes her beautiful. As long as it's true.

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

Being a poser.

 


 

BETH - NYC, UNITED STATES

What is Beauty?

I don’t think beauty is in appearances; I think beauty is astate of being. It can be seen in acts of compassion, kindness andempathy towards one another. I think it can also be seen in nature.It is something that embodies life. It is living. When we are beinghuman, we are being beautiful. 

What is the most beautiful thing in the world toyou? 

My mum, my granny and my brother .

What makes a woman beautiful? 

Someone is beautiful when they display compassion, empathy and kindness. 

What makes a woman unbeautiful

someone is unbeautiful when they violate those above.

Do you feel beautiful?

I rather not answer.



 


 

KATIE - HONG KONG

What is beauty? 

In my opinion, beauty is a compound of kind hearts, appearance,love, and nature.

What’s the most beautiful thing in the world to you?

 I think love is the most beautiful thing in the world. Even an evil person can still do  a lot of good for the people he/she loves. With love, people  can have good relationship and help one another. If the world was full of love, the world would be so peaceful and everyone would be happy.

What makes a woman beautiful?

Sure, a fit/toned body and a nice smiling face make a woman beautiful, but, the heart is more important because everyone gets old, and old people can be beautiful too so we should consider the heart more. A kind hearted woman is  beautiful . Even if her appearance is not so good, but what is good? I will think she is beautiful gradually after i get to know about her.  

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

I always think rude or cruel women are ugly no matter what they wear and how perfect their face are. For example, women wearing fur are very unattractive for me, women misstreating innocent animals,women being rude to others generally. 

Do you feel Beautiful? 

Yes, because It's easy for me to feel content. I have my beloved people (family including my cat, boyfriend and friends), a healthy body, a job that i love, I think I am a useful person with a beautiful heart, therefore I'm beautiful!



 


 

AMELIA - TEABO, MEXICO

What is beauty?

Beauty is when someone is kind

What is the most beautiful thing in the world to you?

The fact we fought for what we have and we never stole anything, we worked hard.

What makes a women beautiful?

When they say hello, and goodbye, to be polite with everyone.

What makes a woman un-beautiful? 

Not being thankful.

Do you feel beautiful?

Yes.



 


 

VIVIAN - HONG KONG

What is beauty?

I think beauty is original normality. What the world should be like originally. Everyone and all the things in the world are beautiful for their natural way to be.

What’s the most beautiful thing in the world to you?

People’s eyes, are the most beautiful things to me. There is an old saying in Chinese, that eyes are the window to a human’s heart. Well, I think Western people have a similar saying too. I feel like, emotions can be seen from someone’s eyes. Eyes make people’s words alive. And sometimes, the eyes talk more than the mouth. When I look at my parents’ or my BF’s eyes, I know they love me. Especially when Chinese won’t say their feelings out so easily, eyes tell the feelings. Eyes are really important to me. I have to look at people’s eyes, a face to face conversation.

What makes a woman beautiful?

Confidence makes a woman beautiful. I am always attracted by woman who believes in and is proud of who she is. Confidence makes a woman happy. It makes people want to talk to her. Confidence makes a woman shine so bright. It makes others see the intelligence and the inner self.

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

Anger. When you are angry, your face twist. Anger destroys things. Either, relationship between people or confidence in own self or the world.

Do you feel Beautiful?

I feel beautiful!! That’s for sure. I am confident in who I am. Even though I am not perfect, I know that I am valuable and preciously different from the others. And that kind of confidence help me to face myself, both the good and bad me. This confidence drives me to understand myself more. Like, these questions that you have asked me, they help me to think. When I understand myself more, I know what I want to do.

 


 

ILSE - MEXICO

What is Beauty?

Beauty is something you can see and you don't want to stop seeing.

What's the most beautiful thing in the world to you?

the love that my parents have

What makes a woman beautiful?

I think what makes a beautiful woman is her smile and her happiness and kindness

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

-I think what makes a woman unbeautiful it's that she doesn't feel beautiful

Do you feel beautiful?

When I feel happy I feel beautiful.

 


 

ANKIE - HONG KONG 

What is beauty?

Beauty is the definition that describe someone's appearance,characters or actions 

What’s the most beautiful thing in the world to you?

A Smile

What makes a woman beautiful?

Kindness 

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

Anger

Do you feel Beautiful?

Yes!

 


 

BEATRIZ - CUBA

What is Beauty?

Gaze out at a beautiful landscape with flowers

What's the most beautiful thing in the world for you?

Becoming a mother

What makes a woman beautiful?

Feeling confident

What makes a woman unbeautiful?

Not Accepting who she is

Do you feel beautiful?

Well, if they tell me I'm beautiful I believe it haha

 


 

 


 

KARINA- VALENSOLE, FRANCE

What is Beauty?

Beauty for me is more than a pretty face i would say kindness, kindness is beautiful, you can change someones day by just being kind

What's the most beautiful thing in the world to you?
My mom smiles

What makes a woman beautiful?
Being confortable with herself

What makes a woman unbeautiful?
bad manners

Do you feel beautiful?

I got to say that when you took the pictures of me you made me feel beautiful, and really special, when I saw myself being part of something that special for you and this awesome project I felt like a star, feeling beautiful every day yes, I do at this point in my llfe i got to say that I feel beautiful. 

 


 

DANIELA - KINSALE, IRELAND

What is Beauty? 

I think beauty is the result of treating something or someone with love.

What's the most beautiful thing in the world to you? 

The most beautiful thing in the world for me is seeing people creating, being themselves,being real and vulnerable.

What makes a woman beautiful? 

Kindness and vitality for life makes a woman beautiful. When she is loved and believes herself to be worthy, then she starts to light up everyone and everything around her.Physically speaking,i like women that have their own authentic style,that are different and that usually stand out in crowd.

What makes a woman unbeautiful? 

A cold heart makes a woman unbeautiful.

Do you feel beautiful? 

When i am happy i feel beautiful.

 


 

GIULIA - KINSLAE, IRELAND

What is beauty?

What makes me hope for tomorrow, what generates inside me melancholy for yesterday, what is giving me peace in this precise moment .


Whats the most beautiful thing in the world?

The feeling of being alive.


What makes a woman beautiful?
The complete and humble acceptance of her most true self


What makes a woman unbeautifull?
Self- devaluation


Do you feel beautyful? 

Lets say i really like my ugliness

 


 

Lakshmi - Varanasi, India - March 2017


What is Beauty?

Love

What's the most beautiful thing in the world for you?

India

What makes a girl beautiful?

pink

What makes a girl not beautiful?

if she's evil

Do you feel beautiful?

Of course!

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