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For her school project, a Chicago performing arts high School student, Shea Glover, wanted to simply film things she found beautiful but things took a turn for the unexpected. As the project progressed it blossomed into a social experiment that captured the reaction of people after they’ve been called beautiful. Shea explains, “I want to clarify that my intentions were not to get a reaction out of people. I was simply filming beauty and this is the result.”
The powerful video has caught a lot of people’s attention because even though the reactions were varied, surprise was the most common, which says a lot about the society we live in. The existing beauty standards are so far from what “real” beauty is that people are genuinely taken aback when they’re complimented on their beauty.
One of the students actually got a little “angry” because she thought Shea was just playing a joke on her.
If there is one thing to learn from this video, it is that we should tell people more often that they are beautiful. Be it a friend, family or a stranger. Sometimes all we need is a genuine compliment and the reaction could surprise you. It could be the highlight of their day, heck maybe even their year. Watch the video and you’ll see why it is going viral.
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