Where do we draw the line? (In pursuit of physical perfection)
Where do we draw the line? (In pursuit of physical perfection)Nov 5th, 2013 | By Nancy Andrews | Category: Coach Nancy - The Way I See It...
I’m not the first woman writing about this, nor will I be the last but I have been thinking a lot lately about the pursuit of perfection from a physical sense. Recently there was a YouTube video that went viral showing how the face and body of a perfectly pretty young woman are changed during and after a photo shoot.
Here’s the thing, IMO the woman really is pretty in her ‘before’ state – in a healthy, athletic style (a smile would have been nice). A beautiful blonde that could be the perfect representation of the quintessential ‘girl next door’. And in her ‘after’ state, I find her very plastic looking – almost like an alien. Maybe it’s because they made her eyes to large and neck too long. Don’t know.
I’m going to post 3 stills from the video below showing the model at different points (full body) and/or you can view the video here. My point is that we women tend to obsess about how we aren’t perfect. But who really is? Even models have tons of work done to look good which includes altering their physical proportions even after professional hair and makeup and the very best lighting.
Here is the progression in a full body view:
Before any makeup or alterations – a healthy young woman with an athletic body:
(Sorry that image wasn’t clearer)
Now let’s look at the model with make up and hair extensions but no Photoshop work:
I’m OK with this view also because, well, I wear makeup and style my hair. So the only real difference between what is done to this woman at this point and what I do is that her makeup is professionally done and the lighting is sure better than what is in my bathroom.
Now here’s the view I have a problem with:
I actually don’t think this makes her more attractive. That said, I know that the changes are made based on scientific data on what we humans consider beautiful. So maybe others would disagree with my perception.
What I really want to focus on here is that we women are bombarded daily by visual messaging. Pictures like this last, altered version are around us everywhere and when we look in our poorly lit bathroom mirror and see more fat than we’d like, cellulite where models have porcelain perfect skin, it’s hard not to start to feel poorly. We need to stop this insanity! This sort of ‘perfect’ isn’t real and we need to stop thinking that it is.
That said, I’m not just going to tell you to stop where you are and just figure it’s ‘good enough’. At least that’s not what I do. I am still moving towards my perfection goals but the difference is that I am happy with the journey. I want to hit my goals but the thing is that my satisfaction is with progress towards goals, not their ultimate attainment.
Come join me and enjoy the journey, I’d love to have your company!