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Just Plain Beautiful-Women Don't Need Cosmetics and Surgery To Be Lovely


Just Plain Beautiful

Society thrills to a beautiful face. The almond shaped eyes, full lips and sculpted cheekbones of movie stars, Victoria’s Secret models and runway cats never fail to cause a sigh of admiration. The adoration of men and women alike fall upon these gorgeous creatures like sunshine and they accept it as their due because they are beautiful. Do the lovely to have certain unalienable rights that plain women forfeit? Who decided what our standard of beauty is to be? And why do we not recognize true beauty in its essence and glory?

What about the regular woman with her plain and fresh face? Many people see the word plain as negative or less than. To me, it brings a feeling of simplicity and resilience that is basic beauty in itself.

The eyes of the plain woman are unmarred and unhidden by liners, shadows and mascara. One can see clearly into this window of the plain woman’s soul. Her sparkling spirit is allowed to shine forth with the love, tenderness, joy and humor that make up her personality.

The freedom from foundation covering the fines pores of the plain woman’s face let us see her natural blush of health and energy. When her man steals a kiss, he can see the blush bloom on those cheeks that rivals the roses she so carefully cultivates.

The plain woman does not have $10,000 veneers, but the brilliance of her slightly crooked smile catches the breath of every child she smiles upon. And she smiles a lot because she is well loved by so many. Her workday is long and many depend upon her. As she soothes a feverish child, straightens her husband’s tie, packs a school lunch and writes a card of encouragement, that precious smile becomes a beacon of her love and reminds them they are forever in her heart.

And when the plain woman speaks, it is with gentleness and forethought. She knows that a woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon. (4); that silence is indeed golden. Her quiet murmurs, informed answers and reassurances are beyond price. Her family, friends and coworkers can depend upon her for honesty and knowledge. When she gives voice, she knows whereof she speaks and is never strident for attention. The beautiful woman can learn much from her restraint and demeanor.

The sparkle of raindrops cannot compete with the crystal sheen of the plain woman’s grey hairs. She has earned them through loss, grief, and long nights at a loved one’s bedside and decades of selfless service. The beautiful woman’s metallic hair dyes seem harsh and vulgar next to the plain woman’s silver strands.

She never envies those narrow hips the beautiful woman flaunts; her generous body has nurtured the greatest gift of all. The virtue of the plain woman cannot be compromised. Her vow of faithfulness to her husband is bound by honor and sealed in the blood, suffering and joy of childbirth. He held her hand as she labored and together they brought forth the life created in love. Invitation never becomes a temptation from one outside the circle of her man and her children.

And the heart of a plain woman is true and loyal; humble and righteous. She spends time upon her knees thanking God for all her many blessings. She knows that through Him, she has strength to do anything and she does it all with integrity and prayer. She brings reality to the description of the perfect woman in Proverbs 31. (2)

All the love she bestows and the love she accepts transform the plain woman into a creature of beauty. Indeed the words of the old poem are true, “She walks in beauty…” (1), when the eyes of her adoring and adored fans look upon her and she knows without doubt that a woman is beautiful when she is loved and only then. (3)

Women plain and beautiful see your worth and add to the treasure of who you are inside. Your outside will reflect with the radiance of a loved and Godly woman. Your heart will be at peace in all circumstances and indeed you will be Just Plain Beautiful.

Credits- 1. She walks in Beauty. George Gordon Byron,

2. Proverbs 31: 10-31

3. Mr. Skeffington

4. Arnold Haultain

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Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on March 13, 2011:

mindyjgirl, Thanks for finding me and the nice comment. I am astounded that ten year old children are concerned about aging. They are supposed to age. As are we all. I am a grandma and I love it. Our society has gone crazy on this subject. Thankfully people like you and I can be a voice of sanity and reason.

Mindy Bench from Oregon on March 13, 2011:

Beautiful hub! I think we are over commercialized about beauty too. I heard on the radio one morning that ten year olds want to buy anti aging make-up. What ever happened to kids getting to be kids, and grandmas getting to be grandmas? :)

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on February 27, 2011:

Thank you sarclair. Some of the most gorgeous women I ever saw wore no makeup. They remain in my mind and heart as beauty the way God intended. I am so happy that you like the article.

sarclair on February 27, 2011:

This is beautiful. I am sure the woman that you wrote it for is happy. It is a shame that some women do not feel good in their own skin. More things like this should make women in genral understand that true beauty does not mean they have to be in makeup, and have veneers. A woman should understand that plain is beautiful, all around.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on February 27, 2011:

Thank so much Matt. I agree with you entirely. I am glad you enjoyed the article.

Matt on February 27, 2011:

Very nice. In my experience, every woman has her own allure.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on February 13, 2011:

Thank you Beth. This one is dear to my heart. So many women are blind to their beauty because they so not look like those in the magazines like you mentioned.

Beth McElwee on February 13, 2011:

This is soooo beautifully written..It's a shame people are judged so much, women think they have to look like the girls in the magazines,and it makes them feel ugly if they don't..wonderfully written my dear friend.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on February 13, 2011:

Thank you zubair789. I am happy that you liked it and found it informative. I see women who are gorgeous and don't realize their beauty. This was from my heart to theirs.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on February 12, 2011:

Oh Janice, thankks for sharing that lovely story about your mother. She was very observant and discerning. Thank you also for reading and commenting. You are a joy!

janice turnbull on February 12, 2011:

I really enjoyed this- it reminded me of when I was a child and my mom would say someone I thought was beautiful was ugly and I would say, mama why do you say that-she would say they were ugly on the inside (because of their bad way) so that made them ugly on the outside to her. As I grew older I became very aware of what she meant.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on February 12, 2011:

RHeydrich, she and you are very blessed to have one another and to know the real meaning of beauty. I was very beautiful when I was young and never loved myself. Now I am older and fat and I know I am beautiful because my soul and spirit are clean and I walk in integrity.

RHeydrich on February 12, 2011:

The woman I write all my poetry for is the most beautiful I have ever met. This comes from an astounding inner beauty. I love her more for the inside than the outside. Excellent read.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on February 12, 2011:

My thanks to you Alastar Packer. I appreciate the read and the comment. Indeed it is true that this suit of flesh is not the true soul. The spirit is forever and ever!

alastar packer on February 12, 2011:

How beautifully laid out. These space suits we wear for a while doth rust and corrupt--the spirit shines for ever. A "real"woman is a joy to behold! Well done Hyphenbird.

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