skin deep

what is it about beauty being skin deep?  perhaps it’s a question of inner and outer beauty, and it’s effects.  through history, every culture has had a reference regarding physical and skin deep beauty.  physical appearance has an immediate effect, but what lies within, as it’s not revealed straightaway to the eye, has a delayed effect.  precisely why the focus is, more often than not, on our physical appearance.  how others perceive us has an impact on how we perceive ourselves.  efforts to keep a pleasing physical appearance through dieting, exercise, cosmetic products, and surgery are not necessarily taken just to sustain overall health.  it is simpler, as beauty that lies within is not so simple to discern, to focus on outer beauty.  what it is about outer beauty is that it enchants, but skin deep beauty has a lasting enchanting effect.  ironically, for outer beauty not to be flawed, it must come from skin deep; for no outer beauty can hide skin deep flaws.  how we perceive and appreciate inner and outer beauty is subjective and relative.  what it is about skin deep beauty, is that it does have an effect on us.  a lasting effect.  skin deep beauty has an enchanting lasting effect on thebestdressup now!

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Fernando Botero, seated woman, bronze, 2002.

beauty is usually attributed to femininity and not to inanimate objects.  this bronze though, suggests a carefree ‘seated woman’ in complete assured abandonment of her skin deep beauty.  this feeling is what skin deep beauty is to thebestdressup now!


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ciao! thebestdressup is about being the best now in anything/everything and anywhere/everywhere. can this be possible? i will give it a heart and put my heart into it.
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20 Responses to skin deep

  1. Beautifully articulated! What a beautiful bronze statue.

  2. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Where is the Botero located? Do you know which museum?

  3. renxkyoko says:

    It is beautiful….. but in real time, she’s not healthy.

    • ciao! in real time, obesity is a high risk medical condition. botero overly large sculptures are an artistic expression of his unique style; in its largeness he aims to offer a personal interpretation. this is not meant in support of obesity. i look beyond the rotund figure to fully appreciate this bronze 🙂

  4. says:

    I captured a very similar image at the Met. I was going to post it but it is a bit blurry and I was having conflicting thoughts about what to write. She is beautiful!

    • ciao! when i see the ‘seated woman’, i feel her confidence. this is what provoked the thoughts on inner and outer beauty. even if the image is blurry, if it speaks to you, go for it 🙂

      • says:

        It did, plus they let you touch it. Smooth and hard.. Hmmmm.. I wish I was still twenty : )

  5. 76sanfermo says:

    The two statues are amazing,
    Personally , I prefer Botero as a sculptor rather than a painter…

    The concept of beauty has changed through the centuries , as fas as outer beauty is concerned,and I wonder if even the “other” beauty is being judged with different criteria , nowadays!

    • ciao! it’s one bronze, different angles. as a sculptor, botero is magnificent. although, this past summer in pietrasanta, there was a most interesting retrospective which included a range of his works and i came away with a different perspective.
      you are correct…the concept of beauty (outer) changes through time, but skin deep beauty remains unchanged and thus, lasting. so appreciate your comment, thanks 🙂

  6. ledrakenoir says:

    Really beautiful bronze statues – beauty is always in the observer’s eyes… 😉

    • ciao! you are so right…beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. the ‘seated woman’ is so content with her position, she is not concerned of her appearance, she feels that she is a ‘beauty’, thus exuding ‘skin deep’ beauty, and that’s where beauty stems from 🙂

  7. shiroknowes says:

    I love Botero and beauty is how YOU would like to see it! Lovely photos .)

    • ciao! thanks. i love botero’s work as well, and as his muse is the feminine figure, she is treated with much sensuality and respect. yes, ‘beauty’ is how we each see beauty, and this statement is so valid for outer beauty. inner beauty, though, is without question, seen with a much more universal regard…in every measure. skin deep is where beauty sprouts from 🙂

  8. She is beautiful 🙂

  9. afracooking says:

    It really is an interesting question – what is beauty? You certainly got me thinking!

  10. ciao! beauty is indeed in the eyes of the beholder and a relative concept. there is inner and outer beauty. but for outer beauty to be lasting; it must have an inner source.

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