Beauty is often described as a subjective aspect of observed aspects of objects, which makes these objects pleasant to see. Such observed aspects can be natural or man-made. For example, human beauty includes beauty found in human bodies and some common physical qualities that are associated with all human bodies including hair and eye color. Beauty is often considered as an object of desire because it influences our behavior and emotions. In fact, beauty is often used as a criteria to separate people into categories (such as ugly, beautiful and smart) and as a basis for measuring beauty in terms of wealth, status and beauty regimes in the media.
According to some philosophers, beauty is not necessarily subjective; rather it can be objective or dependent upon a person’s culture and society. A number of philosophers subscribe to the belief that beauty exists independent of culture and society, and that beauty standards are determined by universal standards such as the universal sex ratio. The basis for this belief is that beauty varies according to culture and country. It is also believed that beauty is independent of human attributes, such as intelligence, power and beauty, and is thus not dependent on these factors. Such philosophers who subscribe to this concept believe that beauty standards are derived from culture and are not independent of such criteria.
In modern days, the concepts of beauty have changed significantly. While some still adhere to the belief that beauty is something inherently subjective and unchangeable, many more see beauty as something dependent upon culture and society. Beauty is not seen as something unique to human beings, but is seen as something shared by all cultures. In fact, many people from different cultures often view the others as beautiful. As such, beauty has become not only a matter of personal preference, but a matter of defining similarities and differences between cultures, and comparing the different qualities of these bodies and faces to determine if the observed differences in beauty are acceptable.
Many might think that this definition of beauty is absurd. After all, how could something that is universally agreed upon be considered beautiful? However, there are still many people who use this concept of beauty in everyday life, especially in the case of Barbie dolls. Fans of Barbie dolls will often argue that Barbie’s exaggerated body proportions and her over-developed features are what make her beautiful and do not take into account the years of work by Mattel in order to create the perfect Barbie doll.
For those who do not subscribe to the idea that beauty is dependent on culture and society, there are other ways to see the beauty. While it is not possible to state with certainty that all forms of beauty are completely subjective, there is a large amount of empirical evidence that supports the idea that beauty is a highly subjective concept. For instance, most people agree that beautiful people are more likely to win an award, that highly attractive people are more likely to advance in their careers, that beautiful students are better students, that very beautiful people are more successful in business, etc.
Beauty is an important part of anyone’s life, and regardless of cultural differences, everyone is able to place some sort of value on beauty. Some might even go so far as to define beauty in a way that is not dependent on culture or societal norms. The beauty ideals expressed in eurocentric cultures are somewhat different than those found in the United States, and beauty is certainly different for men than it is for women. However, the value that beauty is placed upon beauty does not vary between cultures and regardless of what type of beauty is valued in one culture, it will always be valued in another.