I want to thank Sophie, Lulu and Kathie for recently sharing their thoughts about this country’s obsession with beauty – beauty defined by other people and “enhanced” by technology. Too many of us, me included, have suffered from having a distorted view of what makes us beautiful and/or successful, wishing to be or look like anyone but ourselves. It’s upsetting to think that this is what our kids are walking into. I mean, I can tell my daughter that she’s special and perfect just the way she is until I’m blue in the face, but she’s already faced girls no older than 8 or 9 picking on her and others because they aren’t rich enough, don’t wear the right clothes, their hair isn’t as long or pretty, etc., etc. And already the crazy, skinny-pants fashions for size 2 women with no rear-ends are being skinnied down further for girls under the age of 10. It’s too much – or too little – too soon.
Don’t get me wrong: I still to want to lose weight, I still treated myself to a manicure and pedicure today (forced to watch America’s Next Top Model on the TV there, ironically enough), and I aim to get back in shape. These days, though, I want to do it to feel good as much as it is to look good. (And don’t even get me started on society’s assumption that I’m single and only want to look or feel good in order to get a man! Oh, no. Let’s not go there.) I don’t have any great pearls of wisdom to offer, but I encourage you to check out this video and this magazine cover (be sure to view the annotated breakdown) and this company’s portfolio, which my fellow bloggers uncovered for me. They’re eye-opening examples to share with those who need some help keeping the faith (no pun intended) — and perspective — about being special and perfect.