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She's So Beautiful...Not!

July 16, 2010
By WickedStarcatcher DIAMOND, Massapequa, New York
WickedStarcatcher DIAMOND, Massapequa, New York
67 articles 1 photo 55 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I don't damsel well. Distress, I can do. Damseling? Not so much."
— James Patterson
"This is the very first page, not where the storyline ends, my thoughts will echo your name until I see you again..." ~Taylor Swift "Enchanted"

A supermodel in a black cocktail dress with long blond hair and a frown plastered to her face walks down the catwalk with a swagger. Her bright red Gucci purse glimmers with sequins, and her matching lipstick makes her pout even more pronounced. “She’s so beautiful!” You and your friends gaze in awe as her seven inch stilettos beat the ground to the rhythmic tune. Her eyes stare straight ahead as she struts her final lap around the stage before turning. With a flip of her perfectly styled hair, she is gone.
Later, when you arrive home with your best friend, you discuss how perfect that blond model was. Oh, how you wish you could be her! A six foot tall, stylish, size zero blond! Wouldn’t it be great to be her? Your friend nods, a look of reverence on her face as she ponders what she would do if she was that perfect. But really, how perfect was that model, anyway? You don’t know her. You don’t know her personality, her intelligence level, what she does for fun, or what she does with all her money. You don’t know the first thing about her.
Although people may look beautiful, that does not necessarily mean that they are. A person, who may look good on the outside, may really be the devil in disguise. Beauty today is used in a physical sense. It is used to describe hair, clothes, body type, and etcetera. What it really should be used to depict, however, is the character of a person. The people who volunteer their time at the fire department or at a soup kitchen should be considered more “beautiful” than all of the selfish populace parading around in glamour with their bleached hair and surgically-enhanced cleavage.
In the world today, beauty should not be used as a word to describe a person’s outer appearance, but rather to describe a person’s good deeds and overall personality. You cannot know if a person has this kind of beauty just by looking at them. Supermodels may look good, but it is what is on the inside that is truly beautiful. So, get to know someone before you are sure you can truly call them beautiful.

The author's comments:
This piece is based on a research paper I wrote on Eating Disorders and how people are influenced by the media. I was angered by the stereotype that beautiful girls always look like Barbie Dolls. I detest the way that the media is depicting "beautiful" women and making others feel inadequate.

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This article has 2 comments.

on Jul. 23 2010 at 11:15 am
DifferentTeen PLATINUM, Seaford, Delaware
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Favorite Quote:
"There’s no such thing as true love, just spurts of insanity—falling over and over again, thinking that won’t happen to me"

All the models these days, make-up caked on, slim figures and curves, no one really looks like that.

I really liked your article it reminded me of the way I feel about myself. About how women are judged on their looks and body. I think models are really degrading womens image. But thats just my opinion.

on Jul. 20 2010 at 5:02 pm
I agree with your point about how beauty is on the inside, but what you imply is that anyone with good looks can't also be beautiful on the inside--that's just the vibe I'm getting from the end of your second-to-last paragraph. I believe that the media is truly getting better at depicting equal body sizes, too--like the plus-sized winner of ANTM or the fact that there are more plus-sized actors out there.