Standing next to supermodels

It sounds like a nightmare, doesn’t it?

Having to stand next to a supermodel.

What could be worse that being side by side with a leggy blond or brunette with perfectly symmetrical features and cheekbones that could cut wood?

I personally try not to follow too many fashion models on Instagram because it’s bad for my mental health and self image.

I try to follow curve models.

They have curvy butts and thighs and sometimes even a soft belly.

It’s comforting to me to see women with body types like my own.

It makes me feel like less of an unlovable freak and more like a beautiful woman.

I’m not sure beauty magazines understand the impact they have on young women growing up when all they promote within their pages are size 0 models.

It’s a 445 BILLION dollar industry based on convincing women that they need this lipstick, dress, purse, face cream, etc, in order to be beautiful.

I am reminded of a line in “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” that goes something like this:

DO NOT READ BEAUTY MAGAZINES, THEY WILL ONLY MAKE YOU FEEL UGLY.

Beauty magazines are in the business of making beautiful women feel ugly.

When I was younger I loved beauty magazines.

I used to subscribe to several of them and I’d comb through the pages of the magazine picking out makeup, clothes, and accessories that I really wanted.

It gave me a little thrill.

Now, it makes me shudder.

And yet, I am a beauty consumer of the first water.

A VIB Sephora member.

A Platinum member of ULTA.

And I’ll be damned if I don’t also buy makeup from Milani, Beautylish, and elf.

If the amount of makeup we buy is proportional to how ugly we feel inside, then what do my spending habits say about me????

God, there’s a frightening thought.

One thought on “Standing next to supermodels

  1. I have friends and family members who worked for fashion houses and publishing and have seen the reality of this stuff up close and personal all my life. Here’s the deal. If you actually encounter a supermodel their looks will probably shock you. They are simply gangly people with exaggerated and often bizarre features that look good in two dimensions when heavily made up and photographed. They are size zero so that the clothes they’re wearing can drape the way they hang on a coat hanger so you can see the details. I’ve never taken any of this stuff seriously, maybe because I knew the reality underlying the fantasy being sold. I was always told the secret to looking good was to wear comfortable clothes that you like, that are appropriate to the occasion, and, most important, that fit right. Pretty much the same thing with hair, accessories and make up. Magazines just show you what options are out there – they should never set a standard. It’s sad that so many women believe that they have to live up to these contrived images.

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