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10 things I'd rather be than 'pretty'

In a world so overly focused on appearance, we often forget about the characteristics and traits that really matter. We get so hung up on being 'pretty' - selfies, Snapchat filters, Facetune and Photoshop - that we push aside what it means to be a good person on the inside, rather than a pretty picture on the outside.

Here's 10 things I'd much rather be than 'pretty'.

1. Kind

I'd rather be the girl who looks for the good in everyone, and is always there for you in times of need.
No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.
- Shanina Shaik

2. Thoughtful

I'd rather be the girl who's always remembering birthdays, ready with a card for every occasion (both happy and sad) and checks-in when you're having a rough day.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years
- Audrey Hepburn

3. Intelligent

I'd rather be the girl who is well-read, up to date with current affairs, and can hold her own in an intelligent debate over politics and ethics.

4. Brave

I'd rather be the girl who speaks up for what she believes in, even when nobody else dares to do the same.
Let me tell you something - being thought of as a beautiful woman has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless and it is always transitory
- Halle Berry
5. Fun

I'd rather be the girl drenched head to toe from running through a thunderstorm, mascara streaked and hair a mess, having the time of her life.
In beauty, there's this idea of this perfect picture, and I think, 'How about being present in the now, and a little messy?'
- Emily Weiss
6. Creative

I'd rather be the girl with her head in the clouds, dreaming up ideas and expressing herself through music, art and poetry.

7. Likeable

I'd rather be the girl who makes everyone smile, who brightens up a room when she walks into it, who you can't help but warm to.
Some people say I'm not a very pretty woman, but I'm a very beautiful woman inside
- Anne Ramsey
8. Good-humoured

I'd rather be the girl who can laugh at herself. Who can fall down, stand up, then fall over again and laugh.

9. Quirky

I'd rather be the girl who doesn't follow the trend. Who wears all the colours at once and doesn't brush her hair for days.
Beauty is about what's inside us, loving who we are and nurturing that. Outward beauty can really blossom from there.
- Connie Britton

10. Myself

I'd rather be the girl who is utterly and unapolgetically herself.

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