In fact, the common understanding is that beauty is pain, and if we are not pained, then we must not be beautiful.
There are the classic beauty credentials: Flawless skin; straight, pearly white teeth; shiny hair; long lashes; tiny waist; and long, lean legs.
It never seems to be acceptable to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin, and the society we live in seems to encourage the idea that you must never accept the body you were born in, but rather strive to mold to an abstract perception of true beauty.
As I was reading the interview, I came across the interviewer’s description of his “dinner date” with the human Barbie at Kamasutra, an Indian restaurant: “there are the usual three chutneys on the table — mint, tamarind and chile.
As a result, she almost throws our idea of a supervixen back in our face.” As I read this, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to laugh or cry.
I can’t help but find amusement in the ridiculous expectations bestowed upon women by some men, coupled with the fact that some people’s vision of beauty couldn’t be further from the truth; yet at the same time, I am devastated by the reminder that so many of us still fixate on how women should look, rather than embrace femininity in all its forms.
We have been conditioned to believe that we must constantly strive to perfect ourselves by getting closer to achieving these definitions of beauty, to identify every potential flaw and correct it so we can come closer to becoming “our most beautiful selves.” They call her the real-life Barbie doll, but the Ukranian model’s real name is Valeria Lukyanova.
Michael Idov, who interviewed her for GQ Magazine commented, “Her beauty, though I hesitate to use the term, is pitched at the exact precipice where the male gaze curdles in on itself.
It should be noted that Dr Meyers has not treated or consulted Lukyanova in any way."Considering her from a strength-based approach, her efforts indicate an innovative and truly artistic orientation, where she uses her body as post-feminist performance art," he explained.
"The problem, however, with such a perspective is that her ultra-contrived appearance caters exclusively to men's fantasies of tiny waistlines and enormous breasts in women."Because men can't find this fantasy in real life, pictures of the Human Barbie send these men flocking to the internet for a cybersexual experience that casts the real women in their lives aside because they simply can't - and shouldn't - measure up," Dr Meyers added.
These were questions that, arguably, could relate as much to the subject of beauty as to that of art. Yet, while we all know that beauty comes in many forms, most of us still believe that beauty is not natural, and must be worked for.
” I was re-watching the film “Mona Lisa Smile” when I considered the broader implications of Professor Katherine Watson’s questions. I think it would be fair to say that we all generally agree there is no singular definition of beauty — no one person embodies all the characteristics of a perfectly beautiful woman in the eyes of every human.
Since Justin believes that Lukyanova is simply a “little girl dressing like a doll,” he doesn’t feel she deserves the sort of attention the media is giving her these days.