Human beauty must house life experience to flourish. This life experience is fueled by intellect, ethics, courage and loss. And each comes in differing quantities: painting beauty a myriad styles. Age alone is not sufficient. Not all aged people are beautiful; nor all young people merely pretty. As Maria twirled into the fabric before the mirror, she felt pretty. Many forms of narcissim are mere prettiness. In the 50s Tony Curtis was pretty, but as he aged his internal emptiness disolved this prettiness into grotesque ugliness. Vanessa Redgrave's intellect and commitment transformed her youthful prettiness into the most becoming of beauty.
Beauty grows as a life is lived naturally: without bitterness, with sincerity, without jealousy, with intellect, ethically, courageously and in response to love. Beauty has everything to do with acceptance: of self, of others and of time.