Congrats: Cover FX Winners Define Their Beauty Saturday 21 April, 2012
When Cover FX posed the question, “How do you define your individual beauty?” these six women from all across the U.S. shared their thoughts and agreed that beauty is about character, above all.
Recently, Cover FX sponsored a contest on Fear No Beauty asking my readers, “How do you define your individual beauty?” They were instructed to post their answers in the comments section, and from there, I would select my six favorite “definitions.” Winners would receive a Cover FX Cream Foundation in their preferred shade—but I wanted to take it a step further; I wanted to feature these ladies and their amazing answers prominently. So, why not dedicate a post to them? From finding beauty in a smile to feeling beautiful through a partner’s eyes to coming to terms with their quirks to believing they’re beautiful when they’re feeling…well…like a badass, these women take their individual beauty cues from the strongest person in their lives: themselves.
Here are the winners and their takes on individual beauty, in no particular order.
“I feel as though my own individual beauty comes from within. A radiant, glowing force that overshadows any of my physical flaws. A friendly smile, open and accepting attitude and inquisitive eye has taken me so far in life. I find that others are attracted to those qualities. Being a beautiful, confident and loving person on the inside makes me beautiful.” —Jenny Tabb
“I used to think I was OK-looking, if not for this or that, but in the end it doesn’t make me feel beautiful.
Rather than saying ‘if not for’ the things that clash with cultural ideals, I embrace the things that make me unique: the ‘McCarthy Nose’ passed down through the generations of my family, and the broadness of my back and shoulders that make me feel strong like I could lift up a car to save a loved one. I can find the beautiful woman that I was meant to be: a dreamer, fierce protector, business-woman/fashion designer, nurturing partner…emotional mess at times…
And at the end of the day when it is just me and my love, he sees me in a way I can hardly imagine—a strong, independent woman—and I don’t need a mirror to believe that I’m beautiful.” —Michelle McCarthy
“My individual beauty comes from my smile. When I’m smiling, the rest fades away. My cheeks glow, my eyes light up, and no one has a smile like mine.” —Karen Kohl
“I have come to terms with my looks the year I turned 30, when I realized I no longer have the energy to be completely superficial. I believe two things: There is no such thing as natural beauty and there are no ugly women, only lazy ones. I gain my confidence through a multitude of amazing beauty products that will carry me through to my 90s. You won’t ever catch this girl without at least mascara and gloss…unless I’m in the shower!” —Brandy Wiley-McCullough
“My personal beauty is: simple and carefree. And on a good day (those days where I wake up and just know everything about me is enough), my beauty is fucking badass.” —Michelle Pringle
“My individual beauty is defined by my confidence, the people I surround myself, and the way I let my inner beauty shine through. The way I feel about myself is going show no matter where I am in life. When my confidence is high I feel the most beautiful, like nothing can stop me. The friends and family I surround myself with have a way of pulling my beauty out into the open. My smile, laugh, and the twinkle in my eye is always out when I’m in good company. My inner beauty is what makes me special, the things about myself that are unique. The way I might interpret a song, cry over a part in a movie, or the way a view something in the world. These things let my individual beauty come to light.” —Jessica Hibbard
Congrats to all the winners; you’re all beautiful!