This video shows an experiment in which several women meet with an FBI trained sketch artist. For those of you who can’t or don’t want to watch the video, here’s what happens.
The sketch artist never sees each woman. He asks her to describe herself the way he would ask a witness to describe a suspect. He sketches the woman she has described. Later, he meets with someone who’s spoken a while to each woman, asks them to describe the women, and sketches that version of the same woman.
In every single case, the sketch performed with the woman describing herself is less accurate than the one performed when someone else describes her. More specifically, the women describe a person who would generally be considered less attractive than they really are. In some cases, the less attractive versions also look less happy or more angry or “closed off.” Some of the women tear up when they see the two drawings side by side.
None of the women in this ad look like the next big Hollywood actress, but they all look pretty darn good to me. Most of us see the worst in ourselves and the best in others. It’s okay to see the best in ourselves, too.
Beauty is not about looking more like people in magazines or movies. It’s not about covering up “flaws.” It’s about having fun and expressing all your different sides.
I wish I could tell you that if you think you’re beautiful, so will others. Sadly, I can’t say that in all honesty. Some people are very materialistic, and once they see some little flaw in you, they’ll judge you and forget you. But imagine the ugliness they see in the mirror every day.
Beautiful women are insecure, too, because there’s always another pretty woman around… and eventually, in a world that defines beauty as stopping dead when a woman hits a certain age, we all “lose our looks.” That’s why the most beautiful middle aged and older women are the ones with great smiles, who seem not to care how others might be judging their looks.
Just think of this video the next time you look in the mirror.