Most People Aren’t Super Beautiful

Television, movies, magazines and websites would all have us believe that the average person is stunningly beautiful. And when there is someone who isn’t pretty, they’re usually the villain or the comic relief.

But how true is that portrayal?

Recently I spent all day at a public event at the local fair grounds. As I looked around at everyone who showed up, I came to a startling conclusion: most people aren’t super beautiful.  In fact, most people are funny shaped, overweight, have bad hair or bad clothes or can’t wear makeup correctly to save their lives.

There were hardly any “beautiful” people there.

Then it got me thinking about all the other public functions I go to. It seems that this wasn’t a fluke. No matter if it’s a summer concert or a walk around the park, most people aren’t stunning. They’re normal. They might not dress right for their body shape. They may have bad skin or a nose too big for their face.

But here’s the thing. I’m not complaining about the lack of beauty. Rather, I’m complaining, just a bit, about how unrealistic Hollywood is. I always knew it was the case. Can anyone really be as beautiful as Angelina Jolie?

Still, I was under the impression that at least 30% of regular people were super hot. It turns out, at least in these parts, that it’s more like 3%.

That leads me to a few conclusions:

  • It is completely normal, and even, dare I say, beautiful to have flaws. Overweight? Perfectly fine. Have small eyes? You’re normal!
  • People should quit hoping to be like one of the “beautiful” people and instead focus on being the best person they can be, inside and out.
  • If you do your hair well, choose clothes that flatter your figure, learn to wear makeup right, and smile, you will be prettier than 90% of the people around you.
  • Quit having low-self esteem about being ugly or fat. Look around you. Are these other people really better looking than you? Probably not.


Original photo credit: World Economic Forum

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  1. You are 101% right – I used to agonize over not being pretty like other ppl – if I lost 5 Kgs and had perfect skin my life would be better and i would be Happier until I realized that happiness comes from accepting myself – belly and oily skin included 🙂

  2. Exactly, Fieran. It seems like most people, myself included, assumed that everyone else was hot. And we get down on ourselves because we have flaws. But everyone has flaws. And that’s what makes people special.

  3. Thanks for the inspiring post though 🙂

  4. Yay to that, Trisha! It’s better to be beautiful on the inside than to be beautiful on the outside yet shallow.

  5. Dao: I’m glad you agree. 🙂 And the more beautiful you are on the inside, the more it will shine through on the outside.

  6. Hi Trisha,

    I love this post, it’s very true. Thank you for posting it.

    After reading this post, I remember a discussion I was having with a friend of mine who was into the fashion scene…she sed that the models used were not all necessarily the best lookign, but those who had good persoanlities and were great to work with. The ‘beautiful’ ones often had ego issues. It’s defintely whats inside that counts too….if you’re not a good person to yourself, no matter if you were born Venus, you will end up messing up yourself.

    I think people should stop looking at the ‘ideals’ being blared from all directions around them….being a certian body type, having a certian type of facial features etc. Becuz its all so superficial…even those ‘beuatiful’ people have flaws…and then again, those lovely magazine covers you see, you don’t know how much time and preparation went into makign that person look good for that Vogue/ Elle photoshoot. And of course those magazine covers are ‘edited’ too.

    But I honestly don’t think Angelina Jolie is so beautiful, she looks normal to me. She has defintely done a lot cosmetic surgeries, her face doesn’t look natural to me.

    Everyone is beutiful, you just have to know what are your strengths and play them up.

  7. Thanks Trisha – Just the thing i needed to slap myself out of a rut right now

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