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Inner Beauty: Celebrities going Natural
By Delaney Mowers
1 Peter 3:3-4, in the New International Version, says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
This verse really calls into question where we find our beauty and our value from. The Bible calls us, and this passage calls us, to find our beauty in something that is deeper than the skin, and deeper than elaborate hairstyle, jewelry, and clothes. Often, we have a tendency to find our beauty and our worth in the way we look and the ways we are perceived by others. However, this focus on outward beauty is often indicative of deeper heart problems.
This is really illustrated by celebrities that have decided to embrace their own natural beauty, without any outward adornment. Demi Lovato, a Grammy nominated and multi-platinum singer and songwriter, has been on a natural beauty campaign over the past few months, where she has showcased her raw beauty. In doing so, she is showing women that they are beautiful exactly the way they are, and that things such as eating disorders and other kinds of addictions do not define you. You are defined by who you choose to be through your struggles, and where you choose to find your value and beauty.
This principle is also illustrated in Alicia Keys, a 15 times Grammy award winner singer and songwriter, by her choice to become makeup free in 2016. Her choice was motivated by the desire to feel empowered in her own skin, and to find her worth in who she is as a person and what she accomplished in life rather than her outward beauty. She wants to showcase her true self, and to not let perceived limitations from herself or from society stop her from fully embracing all of herself. In doing so, she shows women all over America that their value comes from who they are as a person and the choices they make, not just from their outward appearance.
These empowering women, along with more and more woman in Hollywood, are showing the world that they refuse to find their value in their outward adornment, but instead in their strength and beauty as people. This trend in Hollywood can be directly tied back to 1 Peter. God calls us to find our beauty and value in our faith in him and in our character, which shows our true inner beauty. Purity comes from being a person of great character and a person of great faith in God, and this is what we as women are called to seek and display to others. Following the examples of celebrities that are celebrating their natural beauty serve as great reminders to find our value in the beauty and character that God himself instills in us.