Shea Glover, a Chicago performing arts student, wanted to simply film things she found beautiful for her high school project but things took a turn for the unexpected.
As the project progressed, it blossomed into a social experiment that captured the instant reactions of random people after they've been called beautiful. Shea explains, "I want to clarify that my intentions were not to get a reaction out of people. I was simply filming beauty and this is the result."
The powerful video caught a lot of people's attention because almost everyone who appeared on camera was taken aback when told that they were beautiful. The reactions reveal a lot about the society we live in and how people view themselves in comparison to the socially constructed standards of beauty.
Our current beauty ideals are so unrealistic that people are genuinely surprised when they're complimented on their looks.
One of the students actually got a little "angry" because she thought Shea was just playing a joke on her.
If there is one thing to learn from this video, it is that we should tell people more often that they are beautiful. A genuine compliment, especially if it's from a stranger, could be the highlight of someone's day, heck maybe even their year.
Watch the impactful and inspiring video below and you'll see why it has gotten over 14 million views.
Share this video with a friend and don't forget to remind them that they're beautiful!