Yo School Magazine

What is Beauty?

By Nozizwe Bouwer

They say half-naked girls are hot and girls that dress decently are beautiful. It seems to me we do not know what beauty is!

If you had asked me two years ago what beauty was, I would have told you they meant a girl that looked beautiful, in terms of appearances! I would have said that it was someone who is respectful, humble, down to earth, understanding and not judgemental.

I would have gone further to say it was a girl who knows how to treat herself like a lady, a girl that knows she is beautiful inside and outside. Doesn’t need someone to tell her she is beautiful, she is independent and is somebody that knows her body is the Temple of the Lord.

But if you were to ask me today, I would say we seem to think that beauty is someone who dresses to the latest trends, a girl whom every boy at school is after, a girl who is popular and does not care about other people, a girl whom every girl wants to be like. We seem to be very confused! We seem to follow all the trends we see on television. For me this is very worrying. We seem to be lost as young people and we need direction.

I prefer to be the girl you would have asked me about 2 years ago!!!


Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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