What eloquence, Nina, on your post! I can only comment that this topic is one that should be easy. We are all beautiful, in our own unique ways. Discussing beauty as a teacher I encountered such resistance. Self doubt always reared its head, with so much, but especially with this topic. As the years went by, I more adamantly shared this with students. Too few saw themselves as handsome or beautiful, defining themselves by societal dictates I have never understood. I can only add that once a person realizes that beauty comes from within that they have a greater peace with themselves. This is yet something else we must grapple with . . . to see the beauty in ourselves so that we can see the beauty in others. So we can be more humane in our world.
Beautifully stated post, Nina Nova!