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Let’s get real over body image

September 21, 2010

Now we all want to celebrate real beauty you know, the type of beauty that twinkles, shines and exudes personality and light. The kind of beauty that can come in all shapes and sizes, knows no age and is never in or out of fashion.  So why then do we insist on calling some of our more aesthetically pleasing people “freaks of nature?”   Our models are NOT freaks  they just conform to what the mainstream market views as at the top of their game visually. They are a walking example of aesthetic perfection and that’s not a crime.  It is a mixture of luck, good health, hard work, the right attitude and a dose of ‘can-do’ attitude.

There's nothing wrong with a bit of model behaviour

It takes balls to put yourself through the kind of scrutiny that these models endure and while I don’t think we need to lay in bed sobbing over their sad plight, we should show them some professional respect.

I agree with most social commentators that we  need to up the ante with regard to the wording that is used alongside our models to push products. We don’t need to feel jealous of the model in order to appreciate ‘the look’ or product that is being promoted.  We shouldn’t feel good about seeing models used as worthless objects, as furniture, dolls or dummies.  In short we shouldn’t fall for the  fear and we shouldn’t buy into the envy.

Instead why can’t we appreciate and celebrate the aesthetic beauty that confronts us from the pages of the magazines? 

After all physical attractiveness  is but one fleeting aspect of real beauty so I honestly can’t see what all of the fuss is about.

Let’s stop being childish about this and focus on promoting the things that really matter – physical health (models should be a healthy weight for their body shape), mental stability (models should not feel the need to take drugs or drink to excess in order to maintain their look, edge or mental toughness to succeed) and reality (models should be portrayed in their full-glory which means no photo shopping or excessive surgical procedures).

Long live beauty in all its forms and let’s hope that we all find a way to develop the  emotional intelligence to celebrate it in all its glory.

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