By Chelsie Prince – If you Google The 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World the first result is from Maxim.com, “100 Most Beautiful Women in the World, Maxim Hot 100.” According to them, the top 5 women are: Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Mila Kunis, and Jennifer Lawrence.
I always think these kinds of lists are interesting because so many people have a different definition of beauty. Are these 5 women really the most beautiful women in the world!? I don’t think so. I’m pretty realistic and I understand that physical appearance is still incredibly important in our society. I wish it wasn’t, but it is.
When I see articles, magazine covers, bill boards, commercials and TV shows that only highlight the most “beautiful,” I wonder if other women are thinking the same thing as me… “I wish REAL BEAUTY was being shown.” So many people say that the “Beautiful” are the most appealing to the eyes. Those are the people that we all want to see whether we admit it or not.
I think about this all the time. I contemplate if I am one of these people who want to see the more physically attractive people in ads, on TV and in movies. I have come to the conclusion that I’m not! I don’t want to see this type of woman all the time. I don’t want other girls to see this type of woman all the time. I love diversity and I want to see more of it. I want to see beauty in actions rather than in faces and bodies.
Beauty isn’t physical appearance, it’s an action and we all should be more focused on “ACTING Beautifully”.
Obviously the media presents a completely different definition of beauty and I spend a lot of my time trying to educate and convince girls that real beauty doesn’t come from your face or your body. It comes from your mind, heart and soul. So when I think of the “Most Beautiful Women in the World,” I disagree with the Google search results.
I think of women around the world standing up for freedom, fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves. I think of those who have committed their lives to bettering the lives of others; the women who aren’t scared to go against the majority when it comes to doing what is right. Those who give because they know it’s needed.
I think of a few of my incredibly giving and compassionate family members. I think about the girls I have worked with who have impacted my mind and made me better. I think of those who show their beautiful ways through actions that actually mean something in this world. They come in all different colors, shapes and sizes. They don’t have a particular look or weight. They are amazingly beautiful because of who they are and what they do, not because of what they look like.
From here on let us define Beautiful as the following: Compassionate, Brave and Action-Oriented.
I have decided to create a new 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World List. I want girls to know that being proud of what they can do is more important than being proud of what they look like.
Would you be interested in helping me?
If you know a woman who “Acts Beautifully”, please submit her name and why she is beautiful; you can check out the nomination details HERE.
Please help us build this list by sharing this post using the hashtag #NewListProject
About the contributor
Chelsie Prince is the founder of Proud and Pretty in Pink, a company that works to educate girls and women on body image, self-esteem and sexual health.
She has worked with girls ages 8-21 for over 7 years, and has dedicated her life to empowering, educating and encouraging them to really understand and love themselves.
The 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World: The NEW List Project is her most recent attempt to change the way girls look at beauty.