True beauty comes from the energy exuded by the soul. That is a lesson I have learned experientially over the last two decades on modeling sets. In the fashion and beauty industries, I have been around what our society deems as the most coveted external looks, so valuable the possessor commands thousands of dollars a day by way of compensation. But for some women, a magical transformation of beauty birthed from the soul takes place that is rarely discussed because of its ethereal nature and the degree of difficulty in understanding its origin. How can one understand the essence of the soul, much less its beauty? But if one is willing to look deeply, being around tens of thousands of beautiful women over decades is an atmosphere replete with lessons on the nature of beauty.
Models are often asked to come onto set with clean hair and face in order for make-up artists and hair stylists to begin their transformation. It is certainly true that some women walk in off the street and sit in the make-up chair with a basic foundation of beauty: symmetry, good skin and nice teeth. But I have witnessed a phenomenon time and again on set when a woman is able to turn on a charismatic energy in front of the camera that is undeniably magic. She is able to share the energy of her very soul and it is completely captivating. Admittedly, this girl-next-door I initially met was pretty, but nothing like the goddess before my eyes.
Have you ever met someone and as you got to know him or her, he or she became more and more attractive? Conversely, an initially appealing person can become less desirable if their personality encompasses negative qualities – like behaving narcissistically, selfishly or cruelly. No amount of expensive lotions or make-up will ever have impact on the bottom-line beauty the way a beautiful soul shines.
So, what makes up a beautiful soul? How do I know I have one? And how can I share mine? I will delve into those answers in my upcoming blogs as I explore the nature of beauty from an insider’s point of view. Stay tuned…