They're just words my sista. I understand the dynamics behind the choice of words. Some folks are comfortable with using "pretty" in depicting an attractive human being. It's all about where you're from and what's popular. But for me? The word "pretty" has always bothered me. Cuz "pretty" gets away with so much without dealing with consequence behind its behavior. And from my neck of the woods....there is a clear difference between a pretty girl and one who is beautiful. I remember that line in the color purple where Celie tells Sug she thinks she's ugly. And Sug, replies, no Miss Celie. I thinks you beautiful." It stuck the core of me cuz pretty is the chase but no one ever considers "beauty" as something to aspire to. And beauty is a fuller package.
Miss Celie was a full package she NEVER got credit for until later. Cuz it was her beauty that raised Mister's children, kept his house in order and allowed Mister's family to flow. The same beauty that healed Sug from consumption. And then when you look at Sug. She was.... during that time...considered a loose woman who didn't raise her own kids...roaming around the country with all kinds of men and still her "pretty" was being chased and admired. It was only when Sug sung a song to Celie...revealing the qualify of woman Miss Celie was....that others began to see Miss Celie's beauty too....which had been there all along. So that is one of many reasons why I prefer beauty over pretty...even though it's just a word. But!