Natural Beauty And People Of The World


What does it mean to be naturally beautiful?

All over the world, society dictates the beauty standard for both men and women. This means that whatever you consider as beautiful is influenced by the era you live in. It is why we have periodic looks and fashion.

Lately, the trend has been for people to embrace their natural beauty. When Bruno Mars sang, “When I see your face, there’s not a thing that I would change, cause you’re amazing, just the way you are.” All over the world, people swooned. And today, everywhere you go, the campaign is, ‘You are beautiful, just the way you are.’

When Noch was keeping me company while I was editing some pictures yesterday, he suddenly said that he would like to know why I choose to stay ‘natural’ (I don’t wear makeup you see).

I told him, “I’m too lazy to make an effort to learn how to do makeup.”

He quickly added that he doesn’t mean that I’m not a natural beauty, but he feels like I could do more to enhance it with makeup. Lucky for me, this is the era that supports natural beauty, so I’m not an outcast. It is also an era that has seen a rise in-camera filters and photo editing. So it’s neither here nor there. If I can afford a stylist and makeup artist on call everyday, that’ll be fantastic. But since I can’t afford it, I also can’t stress over doing my own makeup, I have to be thankful for having a pleasant face.

Side note: I wonder if I’m the only one that has noticed that people have a lot to say about another person’s appearance. Like they really be all up in your business. Sheesh!

When I got home I started to think about how natural beauty is perceived by people all over the world and looked it up. Yay Google!

You can be naturally beautiful with no makeup

Some people define natural beauty as barefaced, with no makeup. It is looking good without any artificial element. Well, you have heard that beautiful people naturally don’t need to wear makeup. They don’t need Snapchat or IG filters to look good.

Some consider naturally beautiful people as God’s favorite children because he took extra time to create their bone structure and flawless skin. All they have to do is maintain it.

Photo by Rigozo

I have met several people that believe that wearing makeup or using filters is deceptive. So for them, a natural beauty is anybody that their beauty stands out without any embellishments.

You can be naturally beautiful with makeup

Indeed, some people cannot leave their homes without wearing a smidge of makeup. For them, they use makeup, not to hide their flaws, but to enhance their beauty. No one is running a scam here. Even though the saying goes that beauty goes skin deep, many people are only excited by what they see on the outside.

Noch said to me, “I have said it several times today that you’re beautiful. I won’t even be trying to get close to you if you were ugly. Even the Bible said that when God created the world, it was beautiful. And he put man on earth and commanded him to work it.”

“I know that you look beautiful naturally, but I just want you to use light makeup to compliment what you already have. There’s still room for improvement.”

Yeah, so you can be naturally beautiful with makeup apparently. And he’s not the only one with that opinion. As long as you wear your make-up in a way that looks natural, then you are good.

Natural products; 100% organic

Is it still natural if you are using skin care products to maintain your skin? Well apparently it is. Some in the beauty industry believe that natural beauty is using products that have ingredients that are not harmful to the skin to achieve face enhancement.

If it reads, “100% organic, or eco-friendly ” people’ll swoon. They’re the new buzzwords. You can even see it as a status symbol of the era of the enlightened. It shows that you care about what you consume and how it affects not just your health, but also the planet.😅😅

This is where you’ll also find the natural hair community. To show that you’re truly a part of the tribe, you must embrace the use of avocados, eggs, yogurt, coconut oils, and essential oils. As far as skincare goes, slather honey and goat milk, and you’ll dazzle even the sun, stay healthy and protect the planet.

Side note: Have you seen the price of organic products in the market?😪

Using augmentation to define your beauty

For some people, another way to achieve natural beauty is to augment it. Fake it until you make it?

Cosmetic/Plastic surgery is a game-changer for the beauty industry. Despite its many many risks, a lot of people around the world have adpoted this method of beautification. Why settle for an average morning look when you can wake up with perfect eyebrows and the cutest pout? Why go around looking like you were sandpapered when you can run on the beach with your cleavage threatening to spill?

After all, the slope of your nose has always been naturally graceful from birth, all it needed was a likkle bit o’tweak. You can insist that natural beauty is whatever you choose to call it even if it’s all plastic.

In Conclusion

With all the opinions about what should be considered natural beauty, I’m left to wonder which one is right or wrong.

Beauty has always factored tremendously in our society. And I’ve read all kinds of stories about how it affects people. I don’t wear makeup as a personal choice because I say that my face works for me. I would like to think that if I need to enhance my natural beauty with makeup, I’ll do it. I also think that my physical beauty does not necessarily define who I am. I give credit to my inner beauty the most, but I know that the world gravitates towards attractive people.

Let me know what your definition of natural beauty is or beauty in general?

#Day 2 of My Journal Series.

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Thursday Talk Series on How Musti Interprets The World


Fam! How are y’all doing? Happy New Month of September 🥰. I guess some of us entered this month with enough energy to power the entire Lagos mainland, while some had to drag themselves over the threshold. I can speak for myself when I say the past two weeks were awesome. Stressful? Of course, but I had amazing company and just top-of-the-shelf good vibes. So I was able to enter this month with a ton of reserve positive energy just in case things move south. Whatever means you had to employ to step into this month, I am super excited that you are here, and on behalf of today’s participant, I’ll share a poem at the end to celebrate the month🔥🔥🔥

Now we are here, I don’t think there’s an authentic way to introduce Musti, our guest today, without sounding like I’m making things up. So settle down because this will take a while.

Good, if you follow TTS, then you know I talk about first meetings making a lasting impression on me. However, meeting Musti for the first time was one of the exceptions. I think I forgot his name and face about 5mins later the first time we met. Also, nothing remarkable happened the second time, or the third, or the fourth time or the fifth time. Then suddenly, like an idea forming in my subconscious, one moment he wasn’t there, and the next he was there. His presence was very audible and refused to be ignored. From books to poems to songs and movies, there’s always something Musti wants to share; as if he can’t help it and he has made a vow to not keep all of the beautiful things he has stumbled across in this world to himself. One day I realized that I also couldn’t help but lean closer to hear him talk about a beloved book character, or mirror his enthusiasm for a renowned poet, or sing along, albeit in disharmony to our favorite cartoon songs, or make a complete fool of myself serenading to strangers because Musti, he would be right beside me doing the same madness. Musti has a kind heart and a loving nature, and he’s fond of sitting in quiet places contemplating who sang it better – Frank Sinatra or Rihanna. He’s also an apt teacher and a rascal. Okay, I’ll allow you to meet him now.

Q. Can you introduce yourself and what you do?

A. Yes, I can! My name is Mosi ‘Musti’ Gomina, the treasure of the heavens and earth. What I do is interpret—and I can do it with everything. At the moment, that means research, writing, data analysis (I call it Datacrafting), reading, sleeping, being God’s favourite baby, et cetera.

Mosi Musti Gomina at a wedding reception
Mosi ‘Musti’ Gomina

Q. Why do you do your job?

A. I love it! I do many things, to be honest, but they are all one thing for me—interpreting (or making sense of the world). So, I love it. And that’s why I do it.

Q. What is the best thing about what you do?

A. Interpretation is something that requires distinguishing truth from falsehood, pretensions from practicalities, people from puppets. Also, I think it is marvelous that men can think, and write, and sing, and paint, and eat, and sleep, and every other thing that we do. To capture all that with texts or digits—that’s magic and more. The best thing about all these? I am changing the world, redefining and rebuilding its foundations.

Q. What’s the difference between living and existing?

A. And here is where I quote Tupac: to have something worth living and dying for. So, for me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. In other words, knowing and accepting my true identity, no masks or mascaras, no veils, nothing but the truth, this is living. All else is dust and dung.

Q. Do you think we have a greater purpose or are we just waiting for our turn to die?

A. Greater purpose, absolutely! My Dao is Christ, so my opinion here is a no-brainer.

Q. What was the last book you read?

This is the first difficult question. I read many books concurrently. But I follow multiple Xianxia novels, so Emperor’s Domination and Library of Heaven’s Path?

Q. What two things do you think of the most each day?

A. This is easy. I think about God—how awesome He is to make wings fit eggs, roars fit cats, minds fit dust, and every other wonderful transformation on Earth and Heaven. The second is my immediate family. There’s a love that we can only feel with family.

Q. What kind of people do you allow into your circle?

A. Hopeful people. Happy people. Kind people. Smart people. In that order.

Mosi Gomina at a wedding reception

I think it is marvelous that men can think, and write, and sing, and paint, and eat, and sleep, and every other thing that we do. To capture all that with texts or digits—that’s magic and more. The best thing about all these? I am changing the world, redefining and rebuilding its foundations.

Mosi ‘Musti’ Gomina on Thursday Talk Series

Q. What’s your idea of real success?

A. To be. Again, I lean towards something I heard Tupac say: that he is able to stare into the mirror and like what he sees. That is real success. To be everything you are, nothing less.

Q. If you could, what’s the one thing you’d change about the world?

A. Hm. Change anything and it is no longer the world as we see it. Can I change how long we have to wait for writers to finish their books?

Thank you so much Musti for this interview and for the one picture you let me have😂 And to everyone who stayed to the end, thank you very much and there’s your poem below. Have a fine Thursday.

Until next time,

Stay Jiggy❤️

Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill; Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3rd, 1802 by William Wordsworth

What I’m Thinking About

This plate of spaghetti😭

Plate of spaghetti and sauce beside a window.

Pictures from my archives