Saturday, January 06, 2007

i like these kind of pictures...








It's good to be reminded that there's TV/Movie World and there's Real World, and that one of them is fake.
Of course, you say. But it's kind of insidious -- the idea that J-Lo is exceptionally pretty creeps into our heads, whether we realize it or not. I think part of the reason people sometimes resent celebrities is an unconcious effort to counteract the effects of the brainwashing we experience when we see them all made up and airbrushed, etc.
It's good to remember about personality, too. I've always known that Shakira and Eva Mendes and Jessica Alba and Cindy Crawford and Lucy Lawless and Rebecca Romijn are just people. But I'm embarrassed to admit how long it took me to realize that they may be beautiful -- and in some cases talented -- but at the end of the day, they'd be just as irritating as all the rest of us. And probably more so, given the effects celebrity tends to have on people's egos.
As the saying goes,
It doesn't matter how beautiful she is, some guy somewhere is sick of putting up with her crap...
And I imagine it's just as true for men.


7 Comments:

At Sat Jan 06, 11:38:00 AM PST, Blogger jay aitch said...

Amazing how all we women would look if we were caked with makeup!

But heaven help us if we were then caught without it!

 
At Sat Jan 06, 11:46:00 AM PST, Blogger jay aitch said...

P.S. Better to stay ugly then there is no nasty surprise.

 
At Sat Jan 06, 01:06:00 PM PST, Blogger si said...

2 things:

1) it is amazing how "ordinary" these actresses/models/stars look w/o all of the makeup, hair, clothes, etc... agree w/jay aitch -- we'd ALL be amazing if we had our very own makeup artists/hair stylists/personal fitness trainers.

2) i remember thinking when halle berry was getting divorced from her 2nd husband (and i believe she cited that he had cheated on her), if her husband found HER lacking, well there's no hope for the rest of us. well, of course, it's very probable he's a pig also...

 
At Sat Jan 06, 07:20:00 PM PST, Blogger unca said...

This reminds me of the story (true, I guess) of how Audrey Meadows got the roll of Alice Kramden on "The Honeymooners." She showed up and was summarily dismissed as way to good looking. So she had a photographer come over to her apartment right after she woke up in the morning. He snapped her photo, she showed it to the producers and got the part immediately.

 
At Mon Jan 08, 01:44:00 PM PST, Blogger blogball said...

This is kind of off topic but when I looked at those before during and after photos the only thing I could think about is “man what a pain in the butt it would be to wait for any of these ladies to get ready and go out somewhere”. Maybe this is why I think that all of them look just fine to me in their first photos.

 
At Mon Jan 08, 09:47:00 PM PST, Blogger Left Coast Sister said...

Funny, si, I thought the same thing when Reese Witherspoon recently split with Mr Whoever over his out of wedlock trysts... I think that is more a case of wanting what we (he, in that case) don't have... It is amazing how much we have invested as a society in people who aren't even who they appear to be... They don't *really* look like that, they aren't the heroes that they play on the big screen and they aren't even singing when it looks like they are. Yikes. A whole buncha lies starting right at the face.

 
At Wed Jan 10, 07:44:00 AM PST, Blogger unca said...

I don't know how to say this without sounding sexist but here goes. I seems this phenomenon is pretty much limited to the ladies (no doubt because they wear makeup and mess with their hair so much). You don't usually see these kinds of before and after photos of guys unless it's to show a big gut or he's been arrested and looks bad in his mug shot. Then there's the age thing--we accept Harrison Ford and Sean Connery as romantic leading men even into their geezerhood--not true with women. Hey, I don't make the rules.

 

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