All I have to say is, the body you see in my profile picture was created with powerlifting. Yes, I'm a little fatter now than I was in that pic (30lb heavier at the moment), but that's by choice and I still look pretty damn awesome.
As for aesthetics, well that's a personal thing. Nowadays the cool thing is to be skinny as a rail and accentuate it with underarmour compression shirts. These kids all look like freaking idiots to me, and I don't think this trend of being pathetic will last.
In the end, powerlifting is a sport. We do it for a very specific type of performance, just like sprinters, throwers and pole vaulters. Yes, the quest for performance changes how we look, but that's not the main point.
Current PRs at 242, raw w/ wraps- 525, 355, 605, 1485
Roboro tui, perimo vester adversarius
(Build yourself, destroy your enemy)