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      Perceiving beauty throughout generations

      What is beauty?

      According to Webster, "beauty is defined as the quality present in a thing or a person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations, a meaningful design or patter, or something else."

      Beauty has a lot of perceptions, but is more than skin deep; it lies in the eyes of the beholder. What is beautiful to some, may not be to others.

      Many people feel like the media helps define what beauty is to a generation.

      In the past, an actress that set an example of 'beauty' is Shirley Temple. Today, the media wants you to be skinny, with the perfect hair and makeup.

      According to the NPD Group Inc, 74 million pieces of makeup were sold in the first six months of 2012. Beauty Inc reports that the top 100 beauty companies brought in a total of over 195 billion dollars in sales last year.

      Locally, retailers say that twenty percent of their overhead sales came from people purchasing cosmetics and shoes.

      Beth Hicks says, "A person that is truly beautiful doesn't have to wear makeup, they're beautiful on the inside and outside; they have a great hear; they're good for people; they're a person you want to be around, strive to be like."

      According to the people of Southwest Georgia, both men and woman, young and old, when it comes down to the meaning, beauty has the same definition throughout time.

      Beauty is that one thing that makes it unique from anybody else, whether it's your surroundings, a smile, laughter; if it's beautiful to you, who's anyone to judge otherwise?

      Garrett Ainsworth says, "there is beauty everywhere, you have to slow down and take a look. People are running around doing stuff society puts on them. You need to live your life, really just have fun and experience life. Know that there's beauty in everything."

      The only person who can decide beauty is you.

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