Last night I watched the season finale of True Beauty. I had only seen one episode before and I have to admit that I mainly watched the show because I think Vanessa Mannillo, one of the hosts, is super beautiful.
The premise of the show is that they’re looking for someone who has true beauty. A person that’s beautiful on the inside and out.
The contestants are put through a series of challenges and the winners move on to the next round.
What the beauties don’t know is that their every move is being watched. Every single thing that they say and do is recorded on camera and scrutinized by the judges.
And these behind the scenes glimpses into their lives are the actual indicator of their worthiness to be called a True Beauty.
I started to think about my life and if I had a camera watching my every move would I be judged as someone who’s truly beautiful?
For me my hangups are that I’m stubborn, I get frustrated and stressed out easily, and I’m super impatient when it comes down to myself and the projects that I’m working on.
Maybe it’s because I’m a Tiger in the chinese zodiac system born in the wood year? Or maybe these are the challenges I need to face in my life right now? Quirks that I can overcome if I’m gentle with myself and become more aware that they’re there.
The scrutiny that the contestants faced on the show made me remember a movie called Seven Pounds that I had seen last year starring Will Smith.
The main character Ben Thomas, played by Will, is looking for redemption. He blames himself for the deaths of his wife and six strangers in a horrible car crash. And he’s figured out that the only way to change this situation into a good one is to transform people’s lives. He’s going to donate his organs to people in need. People that have true beauty.
One of the scenes from that movie has stuck with me to this day. In it a man who’s about to receive this gift of life from Ben (Will) asks him why he’s doing this:
George Ristuccia: You know, Ben, I keep asking you this but why me?
Ben Thomas: Because you are a good man.
George Ristuccia: No, really.
Ben Thomas: Even when you don’t know that people are watching you.
So maybe the ultimate test of true beauty is just that: To be beautiful even when no one’s watching.
And how can we do that?
I think there may be three main qualities of truly beautiful people:
Three Qualities of True Beauty
Humility is the quality of being humble: modest, not proud, doing something out of the goodness of your heart.
Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and denotes positive, virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness along with the absence of lying, cheating, or theft.
A courteous regard for other people’s feelings.
I know personally that it’s been a long road for me. It started when I was in grade school. I used to blow up and explode at my teachers about once a week. I was like a ticking time bomb. And over the years, after realizing this, I’ve worked on my self-growth. Figuring out ways to let the best of myself shine.
So what do you think are the main qualities of true beauty?