There are times where both society and individual females fail to recognize the beauty of a woman. Modern media outlets have created an image of women that measures “beauty” through superficial means- bone structure, weight, height, hair color, clothing, perfect teeth, etc. The danger in measurements of this nature is that it lacks true significance. It leads to a pattern of women everywhere failing to recognize the queens within themselves. They are the monarchs of their own lives, destined to govern over their destiny through their true beauty, if they can unlock it. This may be through dancing, signing, political activity, or studying foreign cultures, but no matter what method of rule one takes, they must still recognize that they are beautiful. It isnt about looks, it is about being who you are. It is embracing your womanhood for what it is.

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Hilary Morrow ’14, CAS

If one were to see Hilary walking along the quad, they would see her southern style blue jeans, Vera Bradley book-bag, converse All-stars, and dirty blonde hair. What fails to be recognized by superficial glances are her amazing pipes and dynamic acting skills. This woman is a triple threat; sings, dances, and acts. Hilary is majoring in Musical Theatre with only a slight clue as to what she wants to do post-graduation. Still, this wonderful woman is more then a balanced soul, she is a beautiful creation gifted to earth.

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Aubrey Rose ’14, SIS

Aubrey is a multifaceted spirit that seems to have more layers as one continues to peel through her personality. On Monday night you may catch her watching Gossip Girl, only to follow with a law and justice text book or collection of poetry. Shes not only able to argue for the balance of justice but can balance her body. As a newly discovered ballerina, Aubrey has developed a talent for molding the natural line of her body. As she molds words to fit a page for the perfect stanza, she creates a poetic beauty to her body. If an individual were to neglect learning more about Aubrey, they would only see her high heels or Urban Outfitters wardrobe, a crime within itself. The silhouette that is her soul is a perfection that permeates through her skin. Her smile lights up a room and ultimately her “kingdom”.

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Dayna Hansberger ’14, SIS

Dayna is a Freshman studying international relations. She has a deep love for indie music, the French language, English (England) culture, and Glee. When she isnt spending her time exercising, taking photos, or eating, she is busy studying. Dayna has a strong motivation for academic pursuits, whether it be continuing her knowledge of the French Language, reading an International Relations theory paper, or a classical piece of literature. Like a lot of American youth of the Digital Age, Dayna tends to multitask by listening to music while studying/doing homework, or reading while exercising. She is consistently busy completing a new task or formulating new goals. It isnt Dayna’s soft skin tone, flowing chocolate hair, or model-like figure that defines her beauty. It is her ever present motivation to remain an active student and further her intellectual horizons.

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Katrina Potts ’14, SIS

Katrina was born in Wisconsin but soon moved to Chicago, Illinois. Before High School she volunteered for Barack Obama’s Senate Campaign, which he would go on to win. Later that year she moved to Georgia. It is at this point that the development of what most know as Katrina originated. Those that are friends with Katrina know that she speaks Russian, German, and Spanish. She has a deep rooted love for all things European but Germany in particular. Following her year in Georgia, Katrina returned to the services of Barack Obama and volunteered for his Presidential campaign. Only a few months before Obama’s victory Katrina moved to Germany. However, beyond the culturally immersed Katrina this photo captures another side of the woman, her softer side. Katrina has a smile that lights up any room she enters, and a laughter that mirrors that of children on Christmas morning. Her innocence shines through any dialect of any language she is currently speaking.

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Kate Froelich ’14, KSB

If one were to separate Kate into two parts there would be the “soft” side and the more “rough” side. On the “soft” side is her elegant way of dress, flowing hair, twinkling eyes, and cheerleading uniform. On the “rough” side, there is a Kate with a fanatical love for Reagan, football (the Ravens in particular), and her practice of dead arms and noogies to her friends that disagree with her view of a sports team. It is not an uncommon occurrence to be forced to dodge Nerf bullets when passing by Kate’s room, a daily happenstance for the residence of Letts Six South. Regardless of sides, there is only one Kate. This individual has a depth capacity for love, and never ending energy for life.

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Aditi Harsh ’14, SIS

Aditi is an Indian-American that hails from Tennessee. She is studying International Relations but hopes to double major in Broadcast Journalism so that she can enter into the field of television production and news. She writes for the Eagle and works for ATV. She has a deep love for UGGs and her NorthFace jacket. But beyond her clothing and career aspirations, Aditi holds dear to her heart her Indian Heritage. She shares traditions, experiences, and her own knowledge with friends to help immerse them in an undiscovered culture. This energizer bunny balances a sorority, school work, staying active in extracurriculars, and staying true to her heritage each and every day.

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Anna Sebastian ’14, SIS

Anna is an exhaustingly active political enthusiast. She leans so far to the left that any more over and shed fall off the “cliff” of political ideology. In particular, one issue that Ms.Sebastian is a tireless advocate for is gay rights.Whether it is the rainbow flag in her room, the gay friendly buttons on her book-bag, protesting, or vocalization of opinion, Anna is working for something that goes beyond herself. As a straight woman she is fighting for the rights of her fellow citizens, male and female. This consistent action and drive for change radiates from the aura of Anna. The positive essence that comes from within is almost blinding to those around her. Still, simple glances would not do this soul justice in her pursuits for change. Her beauty goes beyond what the eye is able to capture.

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The women photographed above are all extremely diverse, yet they have something vital in common- they are woman. As gifts to Earth these individuals present various talents and identities that add to the wealth of diversity on this globe. Maybe not these women but females in society tend to forget how beautiful they really are. This is a result of ads presenting women as products; perfect body figures, hair, nails, teeth, and smile. These ads present these superficial qualities as the measurement of beauty and perfection. In reality, these qualities are actually a measure of the poverty of beauty. Superficial beauty does not contribute anything to society, but personality, interests, and talents do. The diverse abilities of the women photographed above are only a small display of the wonders the feminine mystique holds. What must be remembered is that women are beautiful for what they are- inside and out. The photographs that capture a glimpse of these women does not even begin to describe the depth of their beauty. It would take a novel to contain every fact that makes each individual what she is. The fact still remains that these queens are sovereign of the land of their lives. They maintain their legitmacy through their womanhood.

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