Sunday, 15 August 2010

A Rose has the Beauty of a Rose because It's Never Watched a Gardening Show

I'm sure that everyone by now has seen this video

And the other day I read that for the Pretty Woman poster, they put Julia Roberts' head on someone else's body. I also remember hearing once that in the bathtub scene, that is not Julia Roberts back that we see. Supposedly, it belongs to someone with a nicer back than Julia Roberts.

Actress Teri Hatcher, has admitted this, "Let me just say that every cover of every magazine I've done has been airbrushed to death. No woman should walk around thinking that's what they should be. You shouldn't be beating yourself up." She recently took some photos of herself without botox or makeup to prove the point that what we are seeing is not real.

I once developed this red spot on my cheek. It was like a port wine birthmark, only I developed it in my 30's. I was so embarassed by it. I tried covering it with makeup. Finally, I spent a fortune at a plastic surgeon to have it removed. This process is not the easy 1 day event I was led to believe and when I finally went back to work and people asked me where I had been, I told them I had had that red mark lasered off of my cheek. Their reaction? Everyone of them said the same thing.

What red mark?

And here's my point....

We are all holding ourselves up to an impossible ideal. Even Julia Roberts isn't good enough to be photographed as Julia Roberts. We are all picking on our flaws and focusing on them until we can't see the good side anymore. And ironically, nobody is really looking at us afterall! I think they get a first general impression and that is it. After that, it's up to our inner selves, our true selves to show them how beautiful we are. And once a person decides that someone is wonderful, warm, talented or funny, they insantly become more beautiful.

And that's the kind of beauty that doesn't fade or need airbrushing.


  1. I must be the only person in the western world who hadn't seen that video yet. It made me gasp! Thanks for posting it. Wow.

    And I agree with everything else you wrote.

  2. I hadn't seen the video.
    This is a lovely post.

  3. Thanks, Miss Grace. And you too, K.

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