Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest of Them All? Essay

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As in the Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the evil queen is obsessed with being the fairest, or most beautiful, woman in all the land. The word beauty, by definition, is the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether from sensory manifestation, a meaningful design, or something else such as personality. But what is beautiful to me may not evoke the same response or feeling from you. How is the queen to know she is the fairest in everyone’s eye if not everyone holds the same definition of beautiful?
Why is it that we are attracted to some people and not attracted to others? The well-known phrase, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” may hold some truth.
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Contrary to the notion that “beauty is but skin deep”, the researchers believe that beauty is multi-faceted and should include variables of dynamic attractiveness; personality.
This study was conducted in Greater London, which may reveal different results than if it had been conducted in the United States. The experiment included females of different body sizes ranging from emaciated to obese and personality information (some positive, some negative, and some weren’t given personality traits) about the women which were given to male participants who would act as judges. The results showed there was no significant difference between the groups as to which body size the judges found most attractive. Meaning they all found a certain body type to be most attractive. But the judges that were given positive personality information about the women had a wider range of body sizes that they found attractive and the judges that were given negative personality information found a narrower range of body sizes to be attractive (Swami, et. al., 2010). This hints at the idea that non-physical characteristics, such as personality, do have an influence on the perception of what people find physically beautiful.
The concept that “beauty is good” generally means that things that are beautiful also have good and nice qualities; this strengthens the idea that a good personality will make you beautiful. This can be seen
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