Cowardice is the greatest enemy of one's ego. The only thing that may shatter your existence is a moment of surrender to fear. It has been used many times throughout history to rob people of their unalienable rights. I am not just referring to the Middle East and the state of paranoia many states are indulging in. I am referring to fears that are being capitalized by mere demagogues to rise to power. Bogeymen that spring up in every single country in the world to make the people bow down to those who perceive themselves to be divine shepherds.
In the United States, it's the immigrants, abortion clinic doctors, and homosexuals who are behind and indeed are the justification for the mistakes of years, if not decades, of mismanagement that are quickly making the US lose its lead. In Europe, it also is the immigrants and the rogue states which are overspending. In the Middle East it is fanaticism. Every nation has its leaders with their bogeymen ready in an eternal stand-by mode, the bogeymen may spring to existence overnight to force the world populations into blind submission or mindless sedation. To strip them of their humanity.
Hearing most world leaders treating groups of people who rose up to demand their freedom and basic rights - just as the Founding Fathers rose against tyranny - some of which are fighting (and dying) in what reminds me of the American War of Independence, according to their strategic importance, and not based on the fact that the declaration of independence and most of the values enshrined in most of our modern constitutions call for liberty and equality of all the human race, was an utter shock. Aren't we all human? Why is torture okay overseas, why did some nations even give those despotic nations the tools with which to torture their populations and stifle dissent, while turning a blind eye to their practices. Is oil worth that much? Is it worth the approvement of deaths, tortures, and sexual assault through shameful silence? I'd rather ride my bike than know that my next trip to the gas station may help some deranged maniac in some obscure country trample on the rights of its people in what truly resembles an Orwellian world.
It is fear that makes us betray who we are. Room 101 makes you betray yourself before you betray anyone else. A truly self-loving person would never tolerate such a deranged form of self-mutilation. The mutilation of the entire human race by the fact that peaceful people may die in the thousands just for daring to have a different opinion.
Did that happen because those alleged leaders are implementing similar measures in their home countries? Let's see: The Arizona law which sanctifies racial profiling and the abuse of different-looking people. The Wisconsin bill which is attempting to take away a fundamental right from minimum-wage civil servants. The outrageous body searches at airports, and of course random wiretapping. Basic rights that are being eroded in the name of security. It's no different in Berlusconi's Italy or Putin's Russia.
The answer to all of that is true innovation, is listening to our brains for once, it is realizing that what we do may have a negative impact somewhere else. Is letting the true message of beauty get to us. We are not that different, we all have the same basic rights, and we all need to strive to reach our full potential. This is the true message of beauty, a message that those wonderful ladies fully embody and represent.
I truly wish for world peace, and for the people of the world to live safely and happily. Without any artificial divides, and without those in power intentionally tearing them apart in their crack-like addiction to power.
The founding fathers were right, and now we're seeing young founding fathers recreating some glorious revolutions of that past. History is on their side, and hopefully, they will have a role in shaping their future. It's what they earn.
This reminds me of a cheap bumper sticker: the United States is the land of the free thanks to the brave. The world will always be free as long as we can muster our bravery and protect our rights.
There is a universal human language. It doesn't matter if you're stranded in a foreign country without knowing a local word, people will still know that you're in distress without you having to say a word. This is also true of the presence of a universal human beauty, a beauty that is in all of us, but that is clearly manifest in all of Nikkala's pictures. It takes time and patience to master one's own beauty, and it takes a great soul in order to be able to inspire others by it. This is why I know that most of the models that appear here on GN are beautiful, and this is why I am sure that Nikkala is a very special person in real life.
Take a look at her Page 3 (page3.com) pictures - she's currently on the front page - and make a simple comparison. Despite all the horrible make up she still retains her beauty and offers something that transcends all the silly make up and props, she offers a glimpse of the ultimate human beauty. A beauty of self-achievement and self-respect, a beauty of being able to be the mistress of her own self.
That beauty shines in all those BodyInMind pictures more than the pictures available anywhere else, and the reason is simple, simplicity. Dwayne Bell knows what human beauty is and he knows that it doesn't need any silly props - there are a few exceptions, some of his new galleries have such strange props - so he doesn't ask for any. There recently was a set called Take 5, in which the natural spontaneous beauty of the model resulted in a photo shoot more beautiful than the intended one. This is one of the things that I like about BodyInMind, their understanding and respect for human beauty. Few people are brave enough to acknowledge the importance of beauty in our lives, and even fewer people are brave enough to admit it and to present that beauty to the world.
I do feel lucky that I have the privilege of giving the gift of beauty to the world. Giving away something that can actually make a difference.
As Dwayne always says: Think beautiful!
Nikkala Stott is one of the most beautiful women in the world, but what is it about her that makes her so graceful, so charming? It can't be anything about her body, as there are other models with perfect bodies but who are not as beautiful. Is it that her photos appeared at BodyInMind, there are other models on BodyInMind who are also beautiful, but there aren't a lot of models who are as special as Nikkala Stott.
I think it has something to do with a certain spark in her eyes, something mysteriously related to her mind, to her ideas, to the hope in her eyes when she looks in the distance, to the ambition she displays when she looks up to the sky, or to her confident benevolence. It's something related to all those ideals that make us who we are, the ideals without which we lose our identity and become mindless parasites instead of glorious creators.
She represents humanity, she looks like the rest of us, but she's different. She's not afraid to have a vision, an individual spirit. She's not ashamed of who she is and of what she has achieved and can achieve. Shame only brings humiliation, and a free human being can never be hurt or humiliated.
What makes Nikkala beautiful is her humanity that she boldly displays. The humanity that she has managed to preserve. The humanity, that once we discover, we become truly free.
What makes Nikkala beautiful is her freedom and her ideals, those are the things that make all of us beautiful.
Hypocrisy isn't not being true to others, it's not being true to oneself. We derive our own integrity from our ability to fulfill our desires as long as we do not inflict harm on others. This takes a lot of courage and challenges many traditions that only serve to achieve social stability through the destruction of individuality. That's why I think that the concept of humble modesty, in which one becomes untrue to oneself, and denies himself/herself the right to be a thinking individual, just as nature meant us to be, is among the most evil of concepts.
Modesty is another social game that we are supposed to play. It is an act of self-betrayal and self-sacrifice. We are nothing but ourselves, but when we suppress ourselves for the sake of the whims of others we lose everything. Social acceptance is not worth sacrificing one's beauty or one's integrity.
When we sacrifice ourselves it simply is like dying. All that is left within us becomes a desire to suppress others' ambitions and desires, then we are forced to lead miserable lives in which the adulation of others becomes the sole reason of our existence. It can't be called existence, for a person with a dead self doesn't exist, a person with a dead self morally dissolves, in a slow and nasty process of moral putrefaction.
Beauty is about being true to and loving oneself. It's about integrity. That's why beautiful models look that happy. Look into Peta Todd's eyes, you will find joy, a sense of being glad for being alive. This is true beauty, pure and simple. Only those who are true to themselves can enjoy being alive, and therefore can be beautiful.
Peta Todd's nudity isn't the key to her beauty, it's just a byproduct. Her beauty isn't about her being nude, it's about her being who she is, and not being ashamed of that.
There are very few people in the world who are as beautiful as Nikkala Stott. Few people who possess a smile as powerful as hers, who have such an amazing grace and self-confidence, who have discovered their beauty like she did.
I have read many people complain about the fact that they have never seen Nikkala Stott nude, which is strange, as what matters isn't full-frontal nudity, what matters is the beauty that permeates her wonderful pictures. The feelings that those pictures awaken in you, and the dream of a better world that they portray. This is the most important quality of any photo shoot, its ability to make us think.
This is exactly what makes Body In Mind my favorite website, their respect for the feminine beauty. That's why it's one of the few places that Nikkala Stott's pictures have appeared.
Beauty represents power. It represents freedom. Freedom from the influence of the society and its constant pressure for conformity and mediocrity. That's what makes beautiful women so threatening, they represent all the beautiful values of humanity. The values that, when discovered, helps us realize the beauty of life.
How often can we experience something great? Something that helps us know and realize our true potential, our own power, our own values, our own beauty? It takes courage to experience such a thing, to be enshrouded in its light. I think that's why beauty is so vilified by all those who worship mediocrity, who abhor individuality, and who hate freedom. It helps us break free from that cycle of slavery.
It is true that you become a slave to others when you mindlessly submit to their whims and rules. It is indeed dangerous when someone starts a rebellion by simply discovering her/his freedom and by showing everyone the superiority of having those unique human values, the values that we have learned to hate.
A simple smile showing the benevolence of it all is dangerous. Someone admiring that smile is even more dangerous. It is funny that a bold message need not be hidden in order to be invisible. Beauty has such a message, a message that many people just can't see.
Try to throw all that you've been told about nude women behind you for a second and take a simple look at a picture capturing an instance of beauty. That sort of empowering generosity is not evil, it's human. It's a true shame that we now consider ourselves evil.
Is there any damage caused by anyone saying that beauty is more determined by a woman's actions - what is commonly referred to as inner beauty - than by her external appearance? I know that many would claim that beauty is a combination of both, and I do agree to an extent, but I think that a woman's personality and determinism matter more than the shape of her legs or the state of her breasts. How can I be saying something so outrageous when all that I feature can be mistaken for a collection of external beauty?
I think that external beauty is limited to what a woman can do with a simple comb and scissors. Beauty can not be bought in $100 packages or a collagen treatment. That sort of image of beauty, backed up by communist-like propaganda-type of commercials and magazines, is merely a distraction. Why should a woman who is brave, unique, and intelligent spend 2-3 hours a day caring about how she looks like? Isn't this a waste of her time and her personal qualities?
Most women are beautiful by nature, we must help them free themselves of that beauty obsession and to let them do the things that are truly beautiful. They are not sculptures, and we should never marginalize their role to being "cute little things" who should stand aside and just inspire men to work hard - be real-life pin-ups. Women are capable of working and of exploiting their own potential, of building their own future, they can be beautiful and still manage to do all of those things, but I doubt that it will all be possible if they assume the role of "male motivators". Catalysts don't take part in a reaction after all, they just lowe the activation energy.
One may be motivated to work hard as to be able to offer his beloved partner a better life, but this is not the sole role of the partner, who may work just as hard to improve the common life that they share.
By analyzing the external factors that make a woman beautiful then we end up with an image that falls apart pretty quickly. Women don't come from a barbie factory machine, they are not cast into a perfect shape. We can claim that shapely long legs look good on all women, but there are women who look better in differently shaped legs. We can claim that D-cup breasts should be the golden standard, but some women look amazingly better in B-cup breasts. There is just no standard, and I don't think that real life beauty follows all those fashion-industry beauty standards anyway.
If I claim that all good successful men have to look good, what response do I expect to get? There are just too many examples out there that will prove that my claim is false. There is no actual separation between how a person looks on the outside and his/her inner personality. We have all come across people who posess a good deal of physical beauty, but who are repulsive. Physical beauty can inspire vanity and a sense of entitlement. Claiming that "spiritual" beauty can't exist without external beauty is somewhat absurd, as there is no real separation. Beauty is a whole quality, it is something that one can sense and see. Most of us have fallen in love more than once, and I tend to assume that every person's Isolde doesn't look like Nikkala. When one is in love, one sees beauty as the whole quality that it really is.
It is true that beauty can make a fleeting appearance in a free giggle, a quick smile, or a graceful movement of happiness. That appearance is seen as beauty by the "beholder", but it is not that leap into the air that makes a woman beautiful, it's what motivated her to leap into the air, her own sense of her own beauty. Most of us can safely say that Nikkala is beautiful, but it's not the shape of her body - that merely is what made her qualify as a model, it is what I assume to be inner values when I see her letting a carefree smile adorn her face. The smile is a secondary thing, not the primary "cause" of her beauty.
What is the use of bravery if one doesn't get to use it? "Beautiful" girls don't fight after all, they may break a nail.
There are no ghosts and corpses in beauty. The "soul" and the body should not be separated, one is whole, and so is one's beauty.
The "ugly angel" is not ugly, angels are not and can't be ugly. Women are not products, they don't have different ratings for physical beauty and inner beauty in which the lack of one makes the other useless.
If we claim that only physically beautiful women who possess qualities of true beauty are beautiful, then what we are creating is the ultimate imposter ideal. It's like we suddenly have a template, and it is like saying that all real-life women who can not qualify as models are either "mindless babes" or "ugly angels", i.e. are not beautiful. I think that such a claim can be easily contradicted through a short walk through a park, or a visit to the nearest secular charity organization, or even a simple look into the face of the person sleeping next to you in the morning.
Most females inherently know that they are beautiful, we should never attempt to undermine this sense of self-worth and the pursuit of happiness and personal qualities in the favor of an industry or an ultimate aphrodite. Artemis was just as beautiful, right?