Friday, October 20, 2006

on beauty



Every generation and society has its own idea of what beauty is. Ideals of beauty change as the times change. Some societies worshipped the 'full-bodied', voluptuous, curvy, soft figure, and others glamourize the thin and waif-like form. Trends and notions of beauty change, but it's sad when in our society it's gotten to the point where teenagers and young girls felt that they were too fat or too ugly. Issues with self-esteem and eating disorders are important things to pay attention to. I'm glad that Dove has put on a Campain for Real Beauty to address these important issues.

We have two young nieces, aged 9 and 11. One of my wishes for them is that they never have to feel that they are not smart enough, talented enough, pretty enough, or whatnot. Looking at magazines and seeing photos of gorgeous, flawless models isn't always what it seems like. Lucky for us, our girls are well-adjusted girls. They're going to be teenagers in a few years, so we hope their outlook on these things always stay realistic and positive. They were shocked when they saw the commercial for Dove on TV- the one where there is this gorgeous woman getting her hair and make-up done so her photo could be on a billboard. After all the stages of the beautifying process were done and what looked like a perfect image of beauty, the photo was touched up by the use of Photo Shop!!! We were all surprised!

The photo was airbrushed, tinted, smudged, and the model's neck was elongated, her face was narrowed, her eyes were widened, her lips were plumped....she was totally transformed!! She was beautiful to begin with, but transformed even more so after the Photo Shop touch up. Therefore our nieces saw that magazine models aren't always as perfect as they appear to be. The ad is amazing. Has anyone seen the ad on TV yet?

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