While the modern day definition of beauty has changed, our 5000-year-old scriptures define beauty very differently. According to Veda's, a person’s beauty is defined by three aspects- ‘Roopam’- the outer beauty defined by a radiant, glowing complexion and shining healthy hair; ‘Gunam’ referring to the inner beauty and one’s values; and ‘vayastyag’ defines long lasting beauty- looking and feeling younger than your chronological age.
Mahabharata extensively describes Draupadi’s beauty through her dark skin and radiant glow. Beauty had never been symmetry, nor a specific face type or color or style. The essence of a beautiful body in the Indian Vedic system, is closer to the beauty of the art. Beauty is considered more sensory and sensual, and is more mystique than is what the eye can see. The beauty of the eye could stop at the body, but the beauty of the body would welcome every on looker into a trance. Outer beauty, according to ancient Indian scriptures, is a reflection of good health. It is the glow, radiance, health and happiness of skin and hair. It is not just the dimension of the face, but that of much more- it is Lavanya.