If their were ever a saying that has become timeless, its the following:
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
And I can definitely see why it has become a classic go-to quote. It's amazing what you can do when you can take something that's seen as unattractive in the vast majority of people, and turn it into something that can get a second or third look of out a few of those same people. And at that point it wont even matter because the true essence of it's beauty was there all along... it just took someone with an open mind to see it and then build on it.
Of all these things in the world, from the scenery, to mother nature, and all the living things, inlcluding human beings, all have that hidden inner beauty ready to come out. The canvas is at your fingertips. You just have to use the brush a different way - as it is.