Monday, April 26, 2010 at 9:33 PM
Though women have always looked to famous public figures for role model images to mimic their own look after, never before have the effects of the media heightened the awareness and ability for women to achieve the extensive details to their beauty, as now.
Sex and the City introduced women to a variety of beauty choices, as each of the four women, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte had a unique style that gave way to a vast audience to pick a favorite, and fashion themselves after that image.
With each season we were introduced to yet another new beauty trick: Botox, sleek ironed hair, hair extensions, Brazilian waxing, and clothing fashions that were everything from elegant classic to down right avant-garde. An attitude about being a woman, whether married or single, took on a whole new image.
The American Idol hit evolved in its depiction of the creation of a star, as makeup and hair produced entirely new images with each of the candidates as the American public latched onto their favorite. Looks, and image all played an important part in how the public was attracted to a favorite.
Reality shows, makeover shows, top model creations, and films we can't wait to be released so we can see what new adjustment has been made to our favorite star's face, hair, or body. Hairdressers, plastic surgeons, and medical spas have become a regular expense in the budget of today's women, sometimes starting as early as high school!
The art of primping has taken on a whole new meaning. Primping is no longer a five or ten minute act of adjusting our hair or makeup throughout our day. We now go over every inch of our body with a magnifying glass. Have we taken the female prerogative of primping to a narcissistic extravagance?
All eyes are on American women. Outside of the US, young women know every word Lady Gaga sings even though they often don't have a clue what she is saying. Fashion, who's who and how to, are talked about daily on Twitter and Face book... in every language! Arab women, who never show the public world what they look like behind the veil, are beginning to rank in numbers that compete with American women at the plastic surgeon's office. And recently in Istanbul: a fashion show? Amazing!
Has all this primping been taken over the top? It would be difficult to find fault in any of it, because women look fabulous. Regardless the ages, the women of today are drop dead gorgeous! Who cares that it's not all real? We appear to have achieved it all. But can we keep it up?
What do you think?
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