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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Hypocrisy in my business idea

Remember that business idea I had a while back, about owning the parts of you that you're not 100% proud of? I was thinking about it today and about the hypocrisy of being willing to wear a t-shirt with cellulite, spider veins and stretch marks while wearing make-up every day. 

I can't deny it. It's hypocritical of me to believe in wearing your stretch marks out if you hide your pores, oiliness, acne scars and the like. Even so, I'd like to make a small defence for my cause. Your face is special in the fact that it's the part of you most often associated to the concept of "being you." When you wear make-up, you do it to look like the person you want to be. It's the very definition of its purpose, I think. 

I can't speak against the use of cosmetic procedures and expensive products to get change the parts of your body you don't like. If you can afford it and have weighed all the pros and cons, by all means go for it. If you can't afford it or can't otherwise justify these procedures, you hide these parts or maybe use some make-up when they're exposed. Then, you could also not care quite so much and not bother covering them up. Some will judge you for exposing the world to your "ugliness" but I'd hesitate to chime in. True, maybe it's in bad taste to flaunt unpleasantness (mind you, this is not about being rude or inappropriate, I'm just talking about wearing shorts if you've got cellulite on your thighs, or a tight shirt if you've got a bit too much fat/skin on your abdomen). However, consider that these things are not on their own ugly. We, as a society, have made them ugly by comparing them to some very hard to attain ideal of what "beautiful" is supposed to look like. "Beautiful" is what we decided looks "healthy" (see how the quotation marks were necessary right there?). And yet healthy people have acne, scars, stretch marks, cellulite, what have you. Morbid obesity being a problem I'm not going to touch on this occasion, having a body fat percentage slightly over over the "fit" limit is not a death sentence. If you're not healthy, by all means do everything in your power to help yourself. If you're healthy and unhappy with you're appearance, I'm talking to you.

No matter how much your favourite celebrities feel shame in being seen with these imperfections, no matter how the media tell you that beautiful people don't have them, you are not ugly because of them. You are healthy. You look like you. You look like you've lived your life the way you've lived it. If that means you didn't do whatever it took to avoid/treat/remove these uncomfortable features, then that's what it means. It's part of who you are. 

Wearing make-up needs not be in this category, though. If you feel comfortable in your own skin every day and can look at yourself in the mirror happy with the image staring back at you, go on doing what you're doing. For some people, that means wearing make-up. Maybe you just want to brighten the area under your eyes so you can pretend you had a good night's sleep. Maybe you are trying to counteract the sallowness of an illness hoping that looking good will help you feel good and look better. Maybe you just like what you look like with longer eyelashes, bright colours on your eyelids or a statement lip. Maybe you like to look like yourself if you had a more even skintone. It's a matter of what you like and what you want to look like. You get to look like the person you want to be, knowing that's what the rest of the world will look for first when getting to know you. 

That will be all for today. I have to remember I have more pressing things to do.

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