I read Thing of Beauty by Stephen Fried several years ago, and still have it in my library. Its a biography of late supermodel Gia Carangi, who died virtually alone of AIDS in the 1980s. In the following video she discussed the pressures of modeling and drug addiction.
Of herself she said:
“There’s a lot more to being goodlooking than make-up and prettiness…there’s a lot more to being a woman than that. When I look in the mirror, I just want to like myself…And if I like myself, then I look good.”
(This quote can be found in Stephen Friend’s book among photo index).
We are surprised to learn many beautiful people have difficulties or are unhappy in life, as if the exterior, while it may have social benefits, is a means to an end. But there’s a lot more to being human than that. Our “look” is just one facet of who we are.