Exotic is a term used to describe someone we view as foreign (different from us), yet we're intrigued by and drawn to that person. Classic is a term used to describe someone who fits our historical mold of ideal beauty. You can say that classic is familiar, while Exotic is unfamiliar. Both may draw our attention. One is not better than the other.
I find it interesting that the author talks of when she was young and idealistic and compares it to now being too old. For the sake of our earth, I hope that 18-21-year-olds don't start seeing themselves as "too old." What will be our future, if they have given up already?
I'd settle for either.
It really depends on where you live. If you live somewhere with a very homogenous population, anyone from somewhere else actually "normal" looking to where THEY come from will look "exotic" over there.
Then there's people who actually look unsual - combinations that usually don't happen. A black person with blue or green eyes is unusual, or a (naturally) platinum blond girl with very dark eyes, or an unusual shape of face for their ethnicity, etc etc...it can be anything, but basically just an unsual combination you're born with.
I don't think one type of beauty is better than the other. It depends on the person.
I'd call myself that < South African Exotic beauty oh that wasn't an answer lol