Okay. So I don’t actually agree with this prompt. The whole point, her whole character is based on the fact that Brienne is not pretty. Not when she’s cleaned up, not ever. If I was going to write something to the prompt, it might as well not be Brienne. That said, I naturally thought of the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and one thing led to another… fic is below the cut. Sorry it didn’t fill the prompt, but hope you like it anyway :)
Agreed. Brienne has been “cleaned up” a lot in her life. She is a lord’s daughter and has been gussied up to be presented to suitors repeatedly (as we hear about). She is also not a character who “doesn’t want” to be seen as beautiful/courted. She has grown to accept that it is not going to happen and is wary of anyone mocking that dream, but she is a woman who wants to be loved as well as a knight. She doesn’t reject femininity, although she experiences it as rejecting her.
I would disagree that not being pretty (except for her very fine eyes) is her WHOLE character, but it is certainly a definite part of who she is. Someone might like or end up liking how she looks, but its not going to be because of some makeover magic.