“Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.”
– The Sunscreen Song
Look around, or, at least look at that corner in the supermarket where men typically stop and daydream for a while. This is no liquor section for certain but the way they gaze at each majestic piece of glossy display kind of embeds an awkward trace of ‘thirst’ in their faces. It’s that obvious gents.
Admit it. There is no way even a conventional woman might not have fallen, at least once in her life, for the various beauty standards printed on the cover page of any high-end fashion magazine. Admiring those perfectly contoured cheek bones nailed by bronze ores especially those fierce eyes and lips that sure made them Dean’s listers for goddessness could, however, somehow make any low self-esteemed girl see her bare face look ‘awful’ – figuratively nude and unmasked, as in. And as much as we hate to accept it, unfortunately, many teenage girls of today’s generation tend to fall under the sad category. They are those whose mindset and perception of physical beauty might have already been consumed by the fancy promise of a tough concealer and of course, the life-saver and great deceiver-slash-illusionist… (*drum rolls) Photoshop. Ta-Da!
“What’s new?” you say?
That’s the point exactly! It has become a standard for utmost awe. No matter how hard many people try to inculcate the deeper sense of defining something beautiful or sexy, at the end of the day, some will still flip pages of the magazine and beg for more literally dazzling Adobe-reconstructed hourglass women.
While many may find the assertion subjective, hearing it straight from two of the country’s most ever-gorgeous magazine cover girls of-all-time – Solenn and Georgina – tends to, after all, prove the notion of some sense:
I think that you only really start learning about it at the end of high school, or when you’re starting to read fashion magazines.
On Photoshop: Plus, we just Photoshop everything. Now they can just change an entire person. I think people, they look up so much to their idols that they end up admiring… Things that aren’t even real (-Georgina). And they think that is what beauty is.
On media: And ‘cause the media shows you to the public the certain way. So people think they know you that way.
I feel like sometimes when it’s too much and it doesn’t look like me anymore, I don’t appreciate it… I feel mad and feel quiet insulted.
On Photoshop: If it’s the Photoshopping that makes it more accurate, then fine. But if it’s Photoshopping to make it look something that’s not me, that looks like a different person, then why’d you even get me?
On media: Do you ever feel guilty about that, though? As someone in that industry? (*of being the model of a far-too-ideal beauty)
Finally, nobody says that admiring beauty and fashion magazines is a setback towards appreciating one’s true beauty. Sos and George’s story and journey of magazine stardom strengthens the angle that it’s still a booster for self-betterment as young women ought to find models to look up to for lifestyle improvement. Maybe, just maybe, others sometimes reach a point where they’re gone astray, pursuing the league of “self-lost-ness” which is notorious.
So the next time envy for over-ideal beauty standards crawls your back, remember that there’s no more rewarding feeling than knowing the fact that you are… gorgeously unphotoshopped. Chin up.
And yes, the tough and competitive industry of fashion actually pretty hurts.