Because just the other day we celebrated a half a century from Marilyn Monroe’s sudden, unexpected and still unresolved death, browsing through the interwebs today, I realized one important thing: while Marilyn is still the most appealing woman ever, we’re growing up and living with these distorted beauty ideals that are buried deep in our heads, pushing our physical conscience to perpetual unhappiness.
A significantly shocking picture shown on the DM site today is enough to make us shiver (and ban Barbie dolls collectively). A real woman’s body in comparison with Barbie’s body is a moral nightmare waiting to happen.
50 years later, Marilyn Monroe’s pictures and movies continue to fascinate and keep her high on the beauty icons pedestal. A far cry from today’s beauty ideals, however, it’s highly possible that Marilyn wouldn’t have stood a chance in our days. Her curvaceous body, next to a Barbie – like model / actress, could have appeared too much. Too heavy. Too real.
And who loves reality anymore? Not us! According to the marketing people, global advertising shows a constantly altered reality because we could realize, God Forbid, that actresses / models are just humans. Just like us (only richer). Instead of acknowledging this simple truth, celebrity is, with every day, every ad campaign, every movie and every Red Carpet, invested with superpowers.
The superpower of being forever young. A lie, as we all know, carefully maintained by photo filters, Photoshop smooth tools and chemicals (like Botox). The superpower of being forever slim. A lie, as we all know, carefully maintained through Photoshop slimming actions, intensive workouts / diets and chemicals (drugs are not food, people!). The superpower of being forever in charge and relaxed. A lie, as we all know, carefully made possible by armies of nannies and legions of servants. Should I go on?
It’s only Monday so I’ll just stop here, asking you, from the bottom of my heart, to look inside yourself where the beauty source really is! Not in computer altered reality. Beauty is what you do. Beauty is what you think. Beauty is in every one of us. Let’s focus on that and, you know, like Michael Jackson said “if you wanna make the world / A better place / Take a look at yourself and / Then Make a Change”! (carefully picked images from BarbieCollector, Luxist, FanPop and Arts-Stew)