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When It Comes to Beauty, What's in a Word?

When It Comes to Beauty, What's in a Word?

I'm cute — or at least that's what people tell me. Not sexy, not beautiful, not gorgeous, always "cute." And that's OK for the most part, but sometimes I wonder, "Wait, why do I never get to be the sexy one?" It's a matter of semantics, but I often wonder why some of my friends get the "gorgeous" label more often, and others get "pretty." It goes for famous people, too. Angelina Jolie: sexy, never cute. Halle Berry: beautiful. Zooey Deschanel: cute. And so on. All are appealing ways to be described, but do you identify with one term over another? And do you feel that your perception of yourself is in line with others'?

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splendourific splendourific 6 years
I get beautiful or gorgeous mostly, never really sexy or cute, for some reason... I don't know if it has to do with my height. I'm fairly tall, which I think negates the "cute" label. Very interesting topic, though. :) Excellent question!
kulikuli kulikuli 6 years
I get beautiful and exotic the most, although being mixed ethnicities probably helps out with that. I never ever get cute though, i'm not a cutsy person. I'm tall, athletic, a slight feminist, and got a strong personality. I think personality has a lot to do with whether you get cute, or sexy, or beautiful etc. Personality and style of course, the way you portray yourself, and carry yourself shows through. I don't think anything is wrong with any of the terms, be proud of who you are.
polkadots567 polkadots567 6 years
i mostly get called pretty, but occasionally i get called striking. they are both ok but no matter what i always feel like they are phonies.however, i have been stopped 3 times in the mall by random people (they are generally coming out of hot topic) telling me like i look like bella from twilight. HA! how do they even know what a fictional character looks like? the only thing they have to go by is brown hair, brown eyes, and pale pale skin. i don't have brown eyes though, so that doesn't make any sense.
polkadots567 polkadots567 6 years
i mostly get called pretty, but occasionally i get called striking. they are both ok but no matter what i always feel like they are phonies. however, i have been stopped 3 times in the mall by random people (they are generally coming out of hot topic) telling me like i look like bella from twilight. HA! how do they even know what a fictional character looks like? the only thing they have to go by is brown hair, brown eyes, and pale pale skin. i don't have brown eyes though, so that doesn't make any sense.
merie33 merie33 6 years
I get beautiful and pretty the most. Occasionally cute, never sexy. Mostly beautiful.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
I get "Pretty" and "Sexy" but never "Beautiful."
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
I get "Pretty" and "Sexy" but never "Beautiful."
instantkarmalr instantkarmalr 6 years
People never call me cute -- I'm 5'11" with a decently angular bone structure. I've heard the others, but I will say, out of all of them, my two favorites have been "stunning" and "striking." I'd love to hear those two more often.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 6 years
I never get sexy, though I think it would be nice!!
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 6 years
I get "cute" a lot...it's very child like. Occasionally I get gorgeous, but that is usually from other women. I would kill for sexy or hot or beautiful.
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 6 years
I'm not sure I've ever been called sexy (to my face anyway), but I've been called "hot" once or twice. Beautiful most often and gorgeous once and awhile. I want to be considered classically beautiful, ala Hepburn, Deitrich, Bacalll.
elizabee123 elizabee123 6 years
I have gotten everything from cute to "like a porn star" (just once from a frat guy).
heatherhas heatherhas 6 years
I get beautiful & gorgeous most often. I aim for classic beauty in my "style" though, especially my makeup. My beauty icon is Grace Kelly, not Marilyn Monroe.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I get "beautiful" a lot. However, my personal favorite is my husband telling me I'm "gorgeous." I also like it when he tells me I'm "hot." :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I get "beautiful" a lot.However, my personal favorite is my husband telling me I'm "gorgeous." I also like it when he tells me I'm "hot." :)
nillawafer1983 nillawafer1983 6 years
I get cute, pretty, beautiful, and gorgeous lol depending on the situation. Day to day is more cute and pretty, but when I'm actually dressed up and out, it's beautiful and gorgeous. I guess the fact I'm "exotic" factors in.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 6 years
I often get cute (mainly because of my mannerisms), pretty and gorgeous. But I think I'm "cute" because I always have this big goofy grin on my face and I'm quite childish looking :)
DestinyA DestinyA 6 years
Oh, this is totally my pet peeve. I'm 4'6", and have always got the "cute as a button" label. It may sound whiny, but I find it so irritating that people associate me with such a childish term. You'd think 31 would be old enough to have grown into being a beautiful woman...but I think thats really only happened in the eyes of myself and my husband. I guess that's where it counts though. :)
coletta coletta 6 years
i get cute (cuz im short) and pretty from girls...hot from guys...is it just cuz they all hav the same vocab?
coletta coletta 6 years
i get cute (cuz im short) and pretty from girls... hot from guys...is it just cuz they all hav the same vocab?
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
I get beautiful a lot and pretty second most often. Women will sometimes throw in gorgeous to show off their vocabulary skills. I'm never cute or sexy.
Erika-Giselle Erika-Giselle 6 years
i always get cute... but even though i want to be considered beautiful,gorge, sexy, etc. it makes me a bit uncomfortable...the few times that i have gotten beautiful or sexy i felt like i was being lied to.
neonbee neonbee 6 years
I get "cute" too often. I could be very flirtatious one day, but guys would just tell me I'm really cute. I now think it's because I'm petite. I get "sexy" and "gorgeous too, but they usually come from girls.
pinkpeonygirl pinkpeonygirl 6 years
My best friend got sexy, I got mostly cute sometimes beautiful. She was the more exotic looking although even more petite than I was. My friend used to say "I'm the one they fantasise about spending the night with, but you are the one they can't help falling in love with". So cute is not that bad.
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