BEYOND BEAUTIFUL. Filipinas stand out because they bring more than good looks to the table
MANILA, Philippines — Filipinas are among the most beautiful women in the world. There’s no argument about that.
One of the most obvious manifestations is through our beauty queens who have dominated the international pageants since last year.
But a Filipina doesn’t have to wear a crown to feel beautiful. Even the so-called “average” Filipina stands out because of her unique disposition and traits.
In this list, we attempt to summarize how Filipinas take charge of their beauty – and own it.
1. Their values are timeless
Filipino women shine because they’re quick to adapt to times. They’re open-minded and flexible, especially when it comes their roles in and out of the house.
But despite being modern, Filipino women don’t let go of their traditional values altogether. Many still consider family as their number one priority. They are nurturing and caring – but they know that they can show it without mimicking what their moms and grandmas did.
2. They challenge the ideal
It’s tricky to pinpoint a set of qualities that define “Filipina” beauty. In billboards, TV, films, and glossies, we see aspirational notions of beauty that are more diverse, flexible, and realistic than ever.
Just as we have our mestiza, chinita, and sexy models, we also have celebrities and models who are morena, athletic, voluptuous, short, tall, and everything in between. Anything goes. These days, it’s not only stereotypical beauty that can make you famous – or inspiring. Everyone is free to celebrate the kind of beauty they have.
3. They enjoy their beauty
When a woman fusses over her appearance, the typical critique is that she’s playing into the expectations of the opposite sex. But the Filipina knows that she can be attractive not just for others, but also for herself.
Filipino women are seen as already more "empowered" compared to their neighbors in the region. Statistics from groups like the International Labor Organization show that our society has some progress in creating a better environment for women.
A woman who’s unabashed about her attractiveness (or desire to be so) is a woman wielding her power. She is controlling her body, and doing what she wants with it. All because it makes her feel good.
4. They’re not afraid to speak up
Filipinas are vocal when it comes to their rights in society. Our women are admired all over the world for their courage, steadfastness, and passion for pursuing change.
Whether it’s the right to have choices, or the right to love, Filipino women know how to argue for their case. Most importantly, they win it.
5. They play with their looks
Filipinas are becoming more playful with their looks by experimenting with different hairstyles, makeup palettes, and outfits. Our culture used to be heavily influenced by Western trends, but over the years, more women are learning to have fun with their looks as a form of self-expression.
Embracing one’s natural beauty is still best. But there’s no harm if a woman makes an effort to have whiter skin, eyes that pop, or long shiny black hair.
If a woman can change something about her looks that she’s not happy with, it gives her satisfaction. The effect can even ripple, forward and empower her to change other things about her life. Whether it’s her career, her relationships, or her society – what’s to stop her from transforming her world?
6. They are strong
In the face of disasters, scandals, or any other dilemmas, Filipinas have proven to be creative, optimistic, and determined. But they also know that being tough doesn’t mean acting tough.
Filipinas know how to get what they want. They exude grace under pressure. They’re not hesitant to use their charm, and show that confidence is their greatest, most irresistible weapon.
7. They lead the pack
Compared to our neighbors in Southeast Asia, more Filipino women hold key positions in the government. It’s also not uncommon for women to be CEOs, presidents, and country managers in private companies.
Filipino women have proven that they have the capacity to blaze the trail – not just for themselves, but for generations of other women.
8. They know they’re beyond beautiful
There’s no denying that feeling beautiful creates a positive effect on how women feel about themselves. Why else do we pick our best suit and heels for a job interview? Many women can also attest to the power of lipstick as a pick-me-up during drab days. With a simple hair flip, she exudes confidence and grace.
The Filipino woman goes beyond beautiful because of one simple truth: she knows that looking good inside is as important as looking good outside. And she knows that she can have it all.
At the end of the day, it’s not a debate of inner vs. outer beauty. Nor is it a question of whether established ideas are right or wrong. It’s beyond that.
It’s up to you to choose your own definition of beauty and to live by it. – Rappler.com
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