I wholeheartedly preach the use of make-up and all necessary tools available to conceal facial and body flaws. In fact I embrace it, yes most certainly. Why not use concealer for those horrible dark circles underneath your eyes? And slap on some layers of facial powder every day, that way no one would be able to accurately count the amount of zits on your forehead. I am all for it.
As girls, we constantly strive to look better. Do I lose more weight? My nose is too big. I hate my oily skin. I want glossy hair. I want skin as clear as a supermodel’s. It doesn’t help that magazine articles and images constantly dictate how we should look. We are forever confronted with perfect images, a perception of beauty that we are told is very attainable. Article captions print inviting captions such as “LEARN NAOMI’S HAIR SECRETS”; my dear, Naomi Campbell has no hair left and probably pays thousands of dollars to have decent looking hair, it is all a facade. “GET FIT LIKE BEYONCE”; if you go on a 56 day tour round the world and you dance for an hour everyday on stage, yes you can get fit like beyonce however, unless you are up for it please be realistic. “GET SKIN AS SMOOTH AS GENEVEIVE NNAjI”; I have a comeback line for this one, unless you have been endorsed by beauty heavyweights such as LUX SOAP or MUD COSMETICS and you are beautiful enough but still considerably photoshopped to look like you drink from the fountain of youth, I suggest you give it a rest.
There is nothing wrong with making a conscious effort to look better every day, in fact it is fun! Spa treatments, facials, indulging in new makeup and beauty products are the perks of being a lady.
But red flags show and warning bells ring loudly when we begin to buy into the idea of extreme beauty, believing a single hair cannot be caught out of place or measuring our worth based on images on television and magazine covers. These stars we see have a team of beauty and fashion experts at their beck and call. Magazine images are seriously manipulated, reduced and enhanced for public viewing. Every trace of cellulite, zits and uneven skin tone is airbrushed and all of this is done after the celebrity’s glam squad have worked their magic.
How then can we keep up, we are always confronted with one extremely beautiful image or the other and we are quick to forget that celebrities look like ordinary people without their glam team and overpriced photographers. Here’s my proposal; strive to look better in every way that you can, it boosts your self confidence and gives you a means through which you can constantly re-invent yourself regardless of your age. But never begin to compare yourself to extreme images, do not weigh how beautiful you are to manipulated images. Yes these stars look fantastic, but have you seen them without all the props? WAHALA!