With the ongoing debate over Jesus’ appearance: I think since he received his DNA from his mother the essential question is what did Mary look like?
On another thread someone proposed that Mary was unnattractive. I disagree. Regardless of her ethnicity, Mary was physically beautiful. Here’s why:
I understand that beauty is more than skin deep. Our Lady is certainly the model of inner beauty. But it’s hard to believe that, in contrast to her immaculate nature, she was an ugly person on the outside. Consider the Song of Songs. When the indentity of the bride is attributed to Mary the Groom is the Holy Spirit singing her praises.
The first address the Holy Spirit says to Mary is, “O most beautiful among women’(1:8).
Again, “Ah you are beautiful my beloved, Ah you are beautiful”(1:16). These are just the first two addresses to the bride. If you read through the Song of Songs with Mary in mind as the bride(which is theologically correct) there’s no way you would come away thinking that she was probably unattractive.
The following titles were selected from the traditional litany to Mary. These I think hint at her external beauty:
Mother most admirable,
Mirror of justice,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant.
Finally, in just about every account of the many apparitions including Fatima and Lourdes, the visionaries unanimously proclaim her beauty. This may have been due to her Assumption but if we consider that our glorified bodies are the truest version of our real selves then we could see that Mary was beautiful inside and out.