Monday, January 15, 2007

distorted beauty

This is a break from my usual posts to support Dove and their Campaign for Real Beauty. In light of my recent conversion to watching The Today Show and the fuss with the Golden Globes tonight, I join others in asking, "How did our idea of beauty become so distorted?" (click on the image for a video)


annette said...

wow, i almost started crying by the end of this short film...

michael said...

Interesting question. So, do you think that the woman in the video doesn't look prettier after the long and ridiculous process is complete?

If it is agreed that she does look more attractive, then who is really distorting the beauty, us (as society or a culture, or whatever) or the people who make these women look so very different than their normal appearance?

I don't think there is anything wrong with finding uniform skin tone, a fit (not overly slim though) figure, symmetrical features, etc. attractive. And these are some of the things they attempt to make this woman look like she possesses with the process.

I would argue that our idea of what we find beautiful really isn't messed up, just the portrayal of beauty by the media industry with all of the makeup, digital touch-ups, etc.

Hmmm, there is so much more to say about this question/concept, probably too long for comments, so maybe I'll have to blog about it myself sometime.

Lindsey said...

WOW!! That was AMAZING! Thanks for sharing my friend.

Anonymous said...

awww now we can ALL be beautiful!

pppttthhhhhh... so sad

DavidC said...

This reinforces the idea that beauty is perceived. For me, if someone told me they liked the way I looked, a lot would depend on my relationship with that person. I shouldn't care, (even though I do) what a total stranger thinks.

Didn't this ad campaign start out showing young girls who didn't think they were attractive? Somebody that matters to them (aka parents )needs to be accepting them as they are and complimenting them.