What Is Pretty?

In today’s Glam Slam feature: Time Magazine’s Most Influential, Beyonce, continues her girl-power message with the new self-empowerment anthem “Pretty Hurts,” which addresses society’s superficial beauty ideals.

To help promote the song, Bey launched whatispretty.com asking fans how they define pretty and invited them to upload photos and videos to Instagram at #whatispretty.

That got me thinking about what I find pretty and here are a few of my personal picks…

  • A healthy body
  • Lace
  • Pregnancy glow
  • Ballet flats
  • A sundress
  • Fragrant gardenias
  • Newborn babies
  • Freckles
  • Sisterly love
  • Curly hair
  • Pink nails
  • My well-earned laugh lines
  • Eyelet
  • Ballerina buns
  • Strong muscles
  • A SoCal sunset
  • Pearls

And saving the best for last… my two daughters. I asked my oldest today what she thinks is pretty… and I love her answer. “Everything. Everything I see is pretty.”

Ryan Patterson’s daughters - Harlow and Jasper (Access Hollywood)
(Ryan Patterson’s daughters: Harlow and Jasper - Access Hollywood)

-- Ryan Patterson

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