Posts Tagged ‘true beauty’
NuGlow is proud to link our readers to BlogHer’s “Own Your Beauty” page. We are firm believers in the fact that everyone is beautiful, and that there is no one standard of beauty. We want to help spread the word that it is the individual beauty of each person’s face and mien that define what true beauty is.
Not Hollywood. Not magazines. Not marketing. Not ads.
None of those are about real people, our friends, neighbors, colleagues, sons, daughters, spouses, parents. . . . . all of those real people whose beauty is a combination of their individual faces, smiles, personalities, thoughts, personalities, and glimpses into their wonderful, unique souls.
NuGlow does not claim to change a person’s face. NuGlow just promises to make each person’s skin healthier, all the way through, and to give each person’s already-beautiful face a glow that enhances what was already there: true beauty.
There must be millions of poems about beauty, and most of them are about the perfection of a loved one’s face, hair, eyes, lips, etc. The standards of poetic beauty are a lot like the standards of Hollywood beauty, and there are a lot of people – most of them, in fact – who base their own personal standards of beauty on what they see or read bout in both classical and modern media.
Ads, commercials, marketing. . . it all seems to point towards these same standards of beauty.
Real life is different, as it always is, and, as it also always is, real life standards of beauty are better.
One of the most famous poems about nonstandard beauty is the following, by Gerard Manley Hopkins. I first encountered this poem my senior year of high school, and it made no sense to me, immersed as I was, then, in glossy magazine and movie beauty norms.
Now, however, I understand the truth of this poem’s message: there is no real beauty without some imperfection. It is our imperfections that make us, well, perfect.
See what YOU think.
Pied Beauty, by Gerard Manley Hopkins
GLORY be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
That’s right, fashionistas. PIED Piper.
Come closer and I will tell you.
We find our role models elsewhere.
Jamie Lee Curtis has always looked like a slender bombshell to me, in every movie I’ve ever seen her in, but Jamie Lee Curtis is far more than an actress. She’s also a real woman – a wife, a mother, and an advocate for education: all kinds of education.
As such, she agreed to an unusual photo shoot in More magazine several years ago, and that photo shoot is many women’s favorite shoot still today. Check out the picture at the top of this post; that’s Jamie Lee Curtis. . . BEFORE. Before the makeup, before the body-squinching undergarments, before the hair styling. . . in other words, that picture is the real Jamie Lee Curtis. Does she look more like a stereotyped superstar, or does she look more like, well, us?
Thank you, Jamie Lee Curtis.
II’ve been a Jamie Lee Curtis fan for many years, and I have always thought she was blazingly and uniquely beautiful. After doing a little research about her, and seeing this four-year-0ld photo, I think even more highly of her.
I think this new article about Jamie Lee Curtis should be required reading not only for us, but also for our daughters. I read somewhere that Jamie’s interview was part of the inspiration for the wonderful Dove videos about what true beauty really is. (Please click them all. Allow your daughters to watch with you. Discuss.) (Actually, please encourage your sons to watch, too.)
And check out More magazine. You might not find page after page of possible prom dresses, but you’ll find page after page of real-life women who, like us, have outgrown that nonsense and are looking for some pith.
I do love me some good pith.