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Are Pretty Faces Worth More?

By: Bethany Beal

I looked at the card and shoved it in my wallet. A recruiter for a local modeling agency was trying to convince me to pursue a career in the industry. I smiled at the woman and said, “I’ll think about it.” then walked away.

I was seventeen or eighteen years old at this time. I wasn’t interested in a modeling career at this point because basketball and sports ruled my time. I was an athletic sports girl, not a fashion model.

I didn’t put another thought into the modeling scene until I graduated from high school.

I started to get curious. With the cautious approval of my parents I decided to send a few pictures into one of the agencies that had previously given me a card.

I received a quick reply back with a request to book an interview as soon as possible. “Yay! They like my pictures. They must think I’m pretty.” I thought to myself. I booked the appointment and before I knew it I found myself sitting across the desk from the owner of the company.

The owner quickly explained to me how rare it is to get a private interview. He said that they normally send everyone to their modeling audition but were making a special exception for me.

His attitude didn’t sit well with me. He made me feel like I should be grateful to even have the opportunity to be considered. I was losing interest quickly.

Let’s just say the interview went downhill from that point on.

I left His office with a confirmation in my mind that I never wanted to pursue a modeling career. I decided I liked eating, liked keeping my clothes on and didn’t want to be treated like an object.

Looking back, I am so grateful that my parents counseled me against it and encouraged me to pursue a different path. You can read a little more about where God directed my path on the Meet Us page.

Are pretty faces worth more?

It was around the time of the modeling interview that I started seriously asking myself that question, “Are pretty faces worth more?” In my heart I knew what the Bible said about beauty, how it passes with time, how God looks at the heart etc. etc. etc., but I was feeling the pressures of the culture. I was being fed a different message every time I stepped foot outside the door.

On one hand I had the Bible and on the other hand I had the ever intruding messages from billboards, clothing stores, makeup shops, music videos, celebrities and Hollywood telling me that “pretty faces” are more valuable. They get the attention, they get the guys, they get the looks, they get the comments…therefore they must be more valuable.

What I’ve learned.

I want to share with you my current thoughts on this question “Are pretty faces worth more?”  My hope is that you can learn to recognize the lies, choose to reject them, and then understand and believe the truth.

I want to share with you the biggest lie we as young women believe and I want to share with you the truth that can truly set you free!

Lie – Your worth is based on your beauty and your accomplishments.

Sadly this is the lie we are being fed over and over again. We are being told that our value and worth comes from within us. We have to measure up to the standards of others in order to be valuable and happy. Wrong!

I love this quote by Gwen Smith which says:

“Some girls find identity and worth in their athletic abilities —but what happens when she loses it? A girl might find her identity in having a boyfriend—but what happens when they breakup? See where I am going with this?  None of these things last. They just aren’t reliable. Our identity is not found in what we do or who we are with. It’s found in who Christ is and what HE has already done for us.”

She nails it!

Our source of worth and value can’t come from within us because it won’t last. When it runs out, fades, breaks, then what? Does our worth diminish with it? It only makes sense for our worth to come from something outside of ourselves. That brings us to the truth.

Truth – Your worth has nothing to do with you and everything to do with God.

Jesus Christ is the best news for us as young women. He helps us to see who we are without Him (sinners on our way to Hell) and who are with Him (saved by the Grace of God). He gives us the answer to worth and He gives us His value that doesn’t fade with time or talent.

He gives us HIS worth.

“What I do know is this: because of Jesus Christ, I’m a woman of highest worth. Not because of anything else. I’m a grace girl. Not perfect by a long stretch. I’ve been changed by the unconditional love of God and restored to perfect beauty through the shed blood of Jesus. Because of love, we are His daughters, precious in His sight. In light of this, we need to set aside feelings that diminish our value, and embrace our proper identity: Child of the King of Kings.” -Gwen Smith

Understanding this truth has completely changed my life. I don’t have to measure up to a certain man or woman’s standards of beauty. I don’t have to be as beautiful as a supermodel to have value. I don’t have to have the perfect Cover Girl skin. My worth isn’t based on anything I can do. It’s based on who Jesus is and what He has already done for me.

Now that is freeing!

The next time you ask yourself the question “Are pretty faces worth more?” remind yourself of this simple truth: Your worth has nothing to do with you and everything to do with God.

That simple statement has the power to completely change the course of your life. It’s completely changed mine.

Think it through…

  1. Have you bought into the lie that your worth is based on your beauty and your accomplishments?
  2. Why do you feel pressured to measure up?
  3. How can you apply this truth to your life? “Your worth has nothing to do with you and everything to do with God.”
  4. If you truly believed that and lived it out, how would it change your life?

Photo credit: | laura dye

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11 Responses to Are Pretty Faces Worth More?

  1. Mama Baird says:

    Great post, Bethany! So grateful for you desire to reflect Jesus in all you do! So thankful for you both!

  2. Bianca Ortiz says:

    OH WOW! You girls are an absolute blessing to my life. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Melea says:

    Wow! I love those quotes by Gwen Smith 🙂 Thank you both so much for being such an encouragement!

  4. Makayla Nook says:

    Oh my! Such an encouragement. Thank you!

  5. Bennie says:

    I’m a grace girl ! I’m a grace girl ! #Idenity# Lord help this generation see You more and less themselves ..a Brother .

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I completely agree with everything you’re saying! However, it is really hard for me to not let things like that define me. I mean, you hear the message everywhere you go that looks are important and it’s hard. It’s hard not to compare yourself to everybody else.

  7. Marla Erika Suan says:

    To God be the glory. Thanks:)

  8. Ann Garcia says:

    What an encouragement. Amen <3 so much to ponder 🙂

  9. Mariana says:

    That´s totally true! I´m always blessed with His words through your mouth, Bethany! May God keep blessing and using you. Thanks! 🙂

  10. Keeks Marie says:

    Thank you so much Bethany! God bless you and may he continue you to work through you!

  11. Miss Margaret Ann says:

    Thank you so much for this. It’s far too easy to believe the lie that when you don’t meet the normal standard of beauty you aren’t worth anything. I don’t meet hardly any of society’s standards of what it means to be beautiful, and I often struggle with feeling ugly and unwanted. I often find myself envying girls and comparing myself even to people I look up to like you! I sometimes convince myself that I really must not be worth as much because I’m not beautiful, after all, no one has ever asked for my number, no boy has ever called me beautiful, I’ve never been a person who has gotten very much attention from anyone. So it’s easy for me to just believe that all that is because I’m somehow not beautiful enough. That no one likes me because I have acne or a round face or anything else. But I know that that isn’t the truth and so the struggle is to take up God’s truth and deny the lies of the world. God bless you! <3

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