The things I find beautiful are a mélange of emotionally, intellectually and visually pleasing people and scenes. I often find beauty in seemingly small and insignificant moments and gestures. One scene I think of from time to time took place on MUNI. There was this older couple, just past middle age, but they held each other gently as if in the first months of a love affair. The man softly put his hands on the woman’s shoulder and he kissed her like a teenager sneaking a secret make-out session between classes. I can’t even remember exactly what they looked like, but they were lovely. My friend cringed and said “gross,” but that only served to further emphasize to me the absolute beauty of that moment. To me, beauty is often about microcosms, zooming in on the little moments in your life and finding how heartbreakingly beautiful they are.
My ideas on aesthetic beauty are also a bit unorthodox. It’s not about perfection or ideal proportions. For me, it’s centered on unique qualities; an unusual eye shape or a distinct lip line or a new hue in someone’s hair. The endless thin, tall blonds on TV bore me. I like people with character, vitality and a story to tell.