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Interlude: You’re Beautiful

October 22, 2012

My last post had the second-highest all-time number of views but no comments whatsoever, which amuses me. You are squeamish! Anyway, moving on.

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You, reading this. This is for you. You’re no boring plastic Barbie doll (or Ken). You’re no airbrushed fake in a shallow magazine. You’re beautiful and real. Not just on the inside – on the outside, too. Not in spite of your flaws – because of them. It’s time for a new beauty paradigm.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. kip1981 permalink
    October 23, 2012 8:35 pm

    I comment!

    You are beautiful. :)

  2. loqk permalink
    December 3, 2012 11:34 pm

    the flaw in this video is that it feels (to me) like it begins with the assumption that you are not beautiful, and then tells you that you are, and that these are the steps to make sure other people see you as beautiful. it also shows a bunch of beautiful people, and implies that these people are not really beautiful, and so, you can compare yourself to them to see if you can be called beautiful or not…

    the “new paradigm” seems to be a re-branding of the old paradigm.

    people are themselves, and are beautiful. it is not easy to convince them of this, since they exist in, what i would call, the hollywood paradigm.

    it’s a pity we can’t just say that everyone is beautiful, and leave it at that. some day, someone much brighter than i will probably be able to throw out the old paradigm in a word.

    here’s hoping that word is sploink.

    • December 4, 2012 7:34 am

      That’s an interesting perspective. I don’t get that out of this video, personally – I see it as an attempt to show that people who don’t conform to fashion-magazine standards are still beautiful. As you say, “people are themselves, and are beautiful. it is not easy to convince them of this, since they exist in, what i would call, the hollywood paradigm” – my feeling is that this video is an attempt to convince them of that very thing. But YMMV.

      I fully endorse ‘sploink’ as an alternative paradigm. :)

  3. December 15, 2012 5:12 pm

    So you may not be conventionally beautiful but at least if you’re conventionally not bad looking we’ll extend the B word to you? Where are the wall-eyes, the hare-lips, the broken noses. the British teeth (of which I have a yellow, chipped mouthful) etc. If you (and the makers of the video) are trying to say that beauty is more than skin deep you need to show the beauty in the conventionally ugly.

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