We’ve already heard that statement long ago, and its meaning may differ from woman to woman. We may think that it is just okay for us to go out in our dusters and slippers, or a plain white tee and jeans, or in jerseys. We may think that it’s okay for us to go out in our natural state, like how we exactly look when we just came out of bed, for they say that our natural beauty is revealed in the state of just waking up. Or we may think that that statement is a total lie made by someone who just doesn’t know how to apply makeup or dress herself up.
Look at these two pictures of Marion Raven
What do you think of these two pictures?
In my opinion, the first photo was just too dark. I’m not speaking of the photo quality, but the implied meaning of it. “Seduction” was the first word that popped into my mind. Seduction doesn’t seem nice to me, and I’ll tell you why in my next posts. The woman is attractive but while she is naturally beautiful, heavy makeup was put on her face which covered up her natural beauty. Well, at least for me, heavy makeup is intimidating and gives the impression that a woman is “high-maintenance.”
Meanwhile, the second photo shows beauty from youth and innocence. She didn’t try too hard, but she’s delightfully charming. Youthful energy seems to spring up from her accidentally lovely face and bright smile. Just breathtakingly pretty.
”Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Luke 12:27
All women are made by God to be naturally beautiful so men would get attracted to them. Remember the Philippine epic/legend entitled “Malakas at Maganda”? Why is the title like that? If it pertains to a man and a woman, why can’t it be “Gwapo at Maganda”? It’s simply because beauty is the outward expression of femininity, and strength, not handsomeness, is the expression of masculinity.
Now, regarding the Bible verse above, doesn’t it give an implication of simplicity in the way we dress and present ourselves? King Solomon, during his reign, was clothed in all artificiality just to show his magnificence and splendor, and yet his glory was still nothing compared to the lilies in the field which do not need to be arrayed in fancy clothes, which just grow lovelier as they grow, and are just being in their natural state throughout their lifetime.
“And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning , the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31
Everything that God has made is beautiful. Everything in its natural state is beautiful. However, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t care about our appearances now. As women, we really have to be responsible of our looks and hygiene. Remember that beauty is the outward expression of femininity. Women even have God-given veils, which are very important to us. It is our hair, our crowning glory. Notice how women look pretty and feminine wearing their long locks down:
If all the women in the world would just embrace their femininity, then the world would be a more beautiful place to live in, for all women were really created by God to be a thing of beauty. However, women must not go through lengths just to pursue their dream of more beauty, for simplicity is the best indicator of true beauty. Since we are talking about simplicity, then the subject of modesty also follows.
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” 1 Timothy 2:9-10
The Bible states that extravagance in appearance is not important, but the goodness of heart is. Anyway, accessories, jewelries, and flashy dresses aren’t important to attain the kingdom of heaven. We are already made beautiful just the way we are, which means that we should take pride in our natural appearances than the costly array we hang in our bodies. Another reason why women should dress simply is because their attire would overpower the loveliness of their faces, and people’s attention would be diverted to their bodies instead of the beauty of their faces.
Son Ye Jin
Even nature complements this Korean actress’s simple beauty. For me, beauty is not given by makeup. Beauty is not found in artificiality. Would you prefer to look at a plastic flower or a real one? Of course, the real one. The subject in almost all artworks is nature, which means that nature is beautiful. There’s no doubt about it. And given the fact that nature is beautiful, we may infer that everything the Great Creator created must be beautiful. And so, everything in this world in its NATURAL state is beautiful. This is true especially in the case of girls. Nothing more pleases the eye than a thing in its simplest form.