The Difference Between “Pretty” And “Beautiful”

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Our society has certain “standards” for what makes someone beautiful. But society really doesn’t know the true meaning of the word “beautiful”. According to one of the definitions from dictionary.com, beautiful means “excellent of its kind”. People are beautiful not because of their appearance, but because they are unique and live life their own way.

There is a huge difference between “beautiful” and “pretty”. In fact, dictionary.com defines pretty as “pleasing or attractive to the eyes”. A flower can be pretty because of its bright colors, but a person can be beautiful because of his or her heart, mind, and/or soul. Physical attraction vs mental/emotional attractive is the dividing line between pretty and beautiful. When you first see someone, you might think they’re pretty, but it’s not until you get to truly know them, that you can deem them to be beautiful This is what society lacks knowledge of, and it all stems from the mass media.

Back in the day, stars like Marilyn Monroe were considered beautiful for having curvy bodies. Today, society deems slender bodies to be the most beautiful. Photoshop is used on every single person whose photo is taken for a magazine, in order to make them look “perfect”, aka “beautiful”. In reality, anyone can be beautiful despite the way their body looks. There are so many body types out there which makes us all different from one another. If we all had thin torsos and thigh gaps we would all look the same, and it would be boring.

I define a person’s beauty not by their smile, but by the things that make them smile. I define a person’s beauty by the way they think and they way they feel. That is the only true way to distinguish beauty. It doesn’t matter what society says, you are beautiful because you are you, not because of your outer layers. So if you don’t think you’re beautiful, look deep down into your soul and you’ll see that you are.

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Things Each “Pretty Little Liar” Teaches Us

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“Pretty Little Liars” has a wide range of characters that differ from one another, which allows viewers to relate to and learn from certain people on the show. I’ve decided to go through the 5 main girls and pick out a couple things that each of them teach us about life.

Spencer Hastings:

Spencer teaches us a lot about determination. Even when times get rough, you keep going until you succeed. Spencer plays Miss Detective all the time when it comes to searching through clues about “A”, and she doesn’t stop, even when all hope is lost. She uses her smarts and intuition in order to keep continuing her mission. She also teaches us that it’s ok to mess up sometimes because nobody is perfect!

Aria Montgomery:

Aria teaches us that it’s better to stand out than blend in. She reflects this mainly through her charismatic fashion choices, in which she proudly wears no matter how different she looks from everyone else. She also teaches us about love and passion with the help of her teacher….I mean, boyfriend, Ezra Fitz. So much has happened between the two of them but her actions show that if you truly love someone, you won’t let anything or anyone stand in the way; you’ll make it happen.

Hanna Marin:

Hannah teaches us that you don’t have to be serious all the time. In pretty much every episode, Hanna always has at least one hilarious line that cuts the tension and drama out of everyone’s lives in the moment. I’ve always thought that she has the greatest lines out of all the characters. With her silliness, she also adds on to Aria’s life lesson of not caring what people think about you.

Emily Fields:

Emily teaches us that it’s okay to be your true self because family and true friends will accept you. She was afraid to come out as gay to anyone because she didn’t know what they would think. But when she finally came out, both her parents and her friends accepted her for who she is, because they care about her. Her strength and openness is something that anyone and everyone can look up to.

Allison DiLaurentis:

Allison teaches us how to be strong. Even though we are quickly seeing that she is seemingly just a complete psycho bitch, we can still say that she is a strong person just from everything she had to go through. While we may no longer feel sorry for her, we can still all admit that she’s stronger than most of us would be in the situations she dealt with.

There are many more lessons that each character teaches us, depending on how each viewer personally depicts them. A huge lesson that each of these characters teach us is the importance of friendship. They have stuck together through everything, despite some serious fights that broke out between some of them, which shows that it’s important to be there for your friends especially in times of need. (Although, Allison doesn’t really reflect the kind of friend a person would like to have, so I’ll leave her out of this one).

Whether you watch the show or not, I believe that these are some important life lessons that everyone can take with them!

*BONUS*

Here is a cute little collage I found with lessons learned from the boys of PLL: