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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 | 10:00 AM

What You Think About Beauty

By Monique Valeris


ESSENCE Festival performer Solange

As beauty will be one of the many topics covered during the ESSENCE Festival Empowerment Experience seminars, we wanted to know your thoughts on the subject. We invited you to share your definition of beauty on Facebook and Twitter, and here’s what you had to say:

“Beauty is confidence. Beauty is inner fierceness that glows all over you.” – Tumi Qwele

“Beauty is not only how you feel on the inside, but how you treat others as well.” – Sherrell Humphrey

“If the spirit is beautiful on the inside, it will show on the outside. Spiritual beauty enhances physical beauty.” – Valerie Peyton

“Beauty is healthy hair, skin, and nails – however you love to rock it!” – Tami Smith

“Beauty is the embodiment of passion, ambition and a desire to do something greater than herself.” – Paige Willis

“I’m defining my beauty by learning to accept my flaws. My flaws make me unique. Uniqueness makes me who I am.” – Lorealle Shell

“Beauty is self-acceptance! Celebrating my strengths, finding wisdom in my limitations and living unapologetically. Beauty is me!” – Jill Andrew

“Swag and personal style. When a woman has self-confidence and owns her look, she commands the world.” – Ayana Tomeka

“Beauty is being confident in yourself and knowing what you want. It is being secure enough to support other women.” – Carey-Lee Dixon

“The secret to true beauty is to believe in yourself. It comes from within. It’s confidence, grace and authenticity.” – Natasha Recasas

“A confident woman who knows who she is, and has a heart of gold and a smile that can light up a room.” – Kiana Maden

“Your ability to be kind when no one is watching, being confident in who/what you are, at no one else’s expense.” – Simenona Martinez

“A woman when she first wakes up. No makeup. Hair everywhere. That’s true authentic beauty.” – J. Chadwick

“Beauty is total acceptance of one’s self. Flaws and all.” – Krystal K.