For the last month or so, every time I see a billboard or a magazine or a film or an album cover, I find the same thought running through my head. These people all look the same. I wish there was someone who looked like me. People are varied; we all know this. Some are tall, some short, some round, some sticks, some dark, some light, the list goes on. And our faces are just as varied! Freckles, crooked noses, thick eyebrows, moles, dimples, again, the list is likely pages long. I'll spare you the list (you're welcome) and sum it up like this: people look different. But somehow, celebrities don't seem to. Everyone has a tiny nose, tiny ears, big lips, big eyes, and straight, dark, perfect eyebrows. This makes no sense to me. Surely they should be different! I remember when they were and so do you; it's not like it's hard. If you don't remember, you can watch old movies. Hell, you can watch Sex and the City and see it. The four main characters are all attractive, yes, but they do NOT look the same. And that was only in the 90s!
I know that plastic surgery has been going on for a while. But it seems that we've gotten a lot pickier about the faces we allow on the screen, on the pages of magazines, and even on our musicians. (Name the last unattractive musician you saw get big in the last 10 years.) While Hollywood's matching sets of actors and actresses are talented, yes, I can't help but wonder who we're missing out on because they don't look "right."
And speaking of "right," how many of the faces we love are even that person's natural face? Not many, if you would believe the tabloids. Having spent a few days scouring the internet for before and after pictures, I'm inclined to agree. It seems to be mostly the women who go under the knife, and it's always for the same look - little nose, big lips, big eyes, high cheekbones, pointed chins, etc. I'm wondering when that became The Look. What is it about that face that we like so much? Does it go back to the "humans love baby faces" thing? Big eyes, little noses=cute? It seems weird that we would want our sex symbols to look like babies. Maybe that's just me.
Some people think that it's a case of women wanting to look more like Barbie. Barbie does sort of fit the model - big lips, big eyes, big boobs, little nose and little ears. It seems weird to me that a doll that's been around since 1959 would only now be making such an impact. Surely we would expect it to be more something beginning in, oh, 1969 or so, rather than lying in wait until the 2000s to get dramatic?
It could be that the tabloids are getting in on it, getting so pushy about people's flaws that they try to fix them. And 'flaw' is so subjective - some people think freckles are flaws. I know a lot of people (including myself) who think freckles are awesome and pretty damn attractive. The laws of attraction are so subjective and people's faces are so varied and interesting even and especially when unattractive that I can't understand how the most publicized faces have all started to look the same. Surely actors should want to look more like regular people? They tell their stories, don't they?
Look, I like to look at attractive people as much as anyone else. But I also like the way people look - just people. It's selfish and self-centered, that's true, but I'd like to see 'stars' looking like people, like me, not like society's general idea of perfect. When The Hunger Games came out and people started talking about how gorgeous Jennifer Lawrence is, I remember thinking, Wow - but she has a soft face. Does that count as attractive? It was a huge thought. I have a soft face, have always felt dismayed at it since there was no example of a soft-faced woman considered to be "attractive," and so always assumed that soft faces were not. But because one publicized woman shared a trait with me and was considered attractive, I felt like that meant I was suddenly allowed to be content with that trait. And that realization worried me.
If I feel this way, I have to hope that at least one other person does. And if they do, maybe a few more will, too. There are so many insecurities created and perpetuated by the media - done to the point that even the world's most well-known Beautiful People are cutting their faces and filling themselves with silicone and plastic to try to be more beautiful. No one really looks like this, no one really can without a lot of pain and false parts, and everyone is suffering for it.
So tell me, gentle readers - why do you think we've made this happen?
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