What Is Beauty?

January, 6, 2015

In my opinion, the most beautiful people are the uplifting ones. True beauty isn’t a set of genes, a certain brand of cosmetics, or having work done by the best plastic surgeon. It’s radiance that emanates from the soul.

I believe, as do many, that the visage of Ingrid Bergman was timelessly exquisite, but she was also radiant. This was obvious from her view of the world.

Ingrid Bergman

Bergman once claimed, “I was not beautiful. When I went to Hollywood the beauties were people like Joan Crawford, Hedy Lamarr, Loretta Young. They were incredibly glamorous. I was always the girl next door.”

If you watch her with Goldie Hawn in the classic film Cactus Flower, you will see her genius for channeling the feelings of a wallflower and making everyone smile.

Cactus Flower

Her personal revelations and subsequent success show that we all have self-doubt, but that doesn’t mean we have to let them define us. Every individual has unique, wonderful qualities.


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