The beauty of women: How men and women define beauty differently

Sep 18, 2009 at 4:38 p.m. ET

What men find beautiful in women isn't always what women find beautiful in themselves. In fact, mens' perceptions go far beyond just the physical. A great personality, confidence and a positive attitude are just some of the things men find attractive in a woman. That means that just being yourself is beautiful. Here are few ideas -- from both men and women -- on what feminine beauty really is.

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Defining beauty

"Beauty is always about confidence and feeling comfortable in your own skin. A 'beautiful' girl or guy in her or his 20s who is insecure about every little detail starts to become less desirable than a person of average beauty who has that confidence beaming from within." —Diane Aiello

"A girl who is confident, feminine, has a good sense of style, takes care of herself physically and has a sense of humor is beautiful. She doesn't need to be a rocket scientist, but has to be able to hold a conversation outside of the tabloids." —Shane McKinnon

"A genuine smile is always beautiful, because it means that the person is sincere." —Nick Everson

"Beauty in a woman? Class. Fashion. Comedy. Wit. Talent. Intelligence." —Adrian Betti

"A sincere and nurturing nature can make any woman beautiful. Also, a sly sense of humor is good." —Kevin Wehner

"When all my ducks are in a row, relationships are thriving, I have a smile on my face, and I have a natural pride of carriage. New clothes, makeup and hair cut/color always do the trick, too!" —Morgan Alexander

"Beauty is from within, and a woman who is truly a beautiful person looks great just hanging out and being herself in a pair of gray sweatpants and no makeup on." —Freddie DeJesus