What/Who is real beauty?
Is it the size zero model you saw on the runway? Is it the neighborhood fair complexioned girl you have been envying? Or wait, how about the girl in flowing silky hair in the advertisement you saw last night?
What if I say it is none of this. But rather being comfortable in being who “YOU” are. You must have heard that a million times. But this actually is the gospel truth. Advertisements have largely contributed in portraying women as this specimen with flawless hair, spotless skin and thin frame. But don’t you know how much work and layers of makeup along with editing goes behind putting that look together.
Cindy Crawford once said, “I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford!”
Nandita Das resents the tag of ‘dusky’.
“Don’t add an adjective to make me feel different”
Kate Winslet was visibly upset when the cover photo of hers on GQ was manipulated and her thighs trimmed by a third without her permission.
“I don’t look like that, and I don’t desire to look like that.”
Did you see how notions about beauty have been misrepresented. I mean there is nothing wrong in wanting to look hot, sexy and beautiful. But there is certainly a problem in objectifying women and presenting manipulated concepts of beauty which become naturalized.
So all you girls there, if next time you feel conscious of your skin colour or weight, turn into these stars for inspiration! Don’t forget to believe in “YOU”.
This post has been inspired by a series of films made by JeanKilBourne titled Killing Us Softly.