‘Beauty is only skin deep’ is an English idiom dating back to the 1600s that means beauty is superficial and does not reflect one’s essential character. In other words, what’s on the inside is more important than what’s on the outside. While we all understand this idea, it hasn’t stopped people from paying lots of money to doctors to make themselves more beautiful.
‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’ Is this idiom wrong?
In the African nation of Mauritania, big is beautiful. Some women even visit “fat farms” where they gorge on large quantities of high calorie foods, hoping to return home a bit rounder. Meanwhile, weight-loss camps are gaining popularity in many western nations.