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When I originally sat down to construct this opinion, I wondered just how much there could be to say on the topic. As a concept, you could easily think that beauty is only skin deep because in the traditional sense, beauty is regarded as a physical thing. However, the debate is rather more profound that that, so I’ve tried to examine the question a little further.I have some stonkingly good-looking friends.
I have some average looking friends.I have some quite odd looking friends.
The fact of the matter is that I like them all in equal doses, if not in different ways. To me, the ones who could be models can be as trustworthy and as kind as the ones who couldn’t. We have this tendency in life to make sweeping generalisations about people. One of these generalisations is that a beautiful body automatically means a vacuous and cruel mind. This is, of course, grossly unfair in many cases, but the myth continues to perpetuated by the models and celebrities who are paraded across our television screens. There is an assumption in life that you can’t have everything, so if you are perceived as being attractive, then it is automatically assumed that you are thick or cruel – or both.With most generalisations there is often a founding of truth, and I think it would be fair to say that this is the case here. Beautiful people are very often as vain as they are attractive and there are few people in the world who would find vanity a particularly attractive quality. Self-obsession and pre-occupation with one’s appearance would suggest that the person has little time for anyone else, and is concerned primarily with their hair and make-up before anything else. Nonetheless, can anyone reading this honestly say that they really don’t care about their appearance? Is the contempt that we show towards such vain people not born out of jealousy over the fact that we don’t look like them?
In my review of My Seven Deadliest Sins, I cited vanity as one of my seven sins. As I stated in my opinion, I don’t consider myself to be male model material, but my appearance is very important to me. I like to spend time on my appearance before I go out. I want my hair to look groovy. I want my skin to look clean and healthy. I want my clothes to complement my body. I want all of these things for my own benefit, because when I feel as though I look good, I feel good – and I see absolutely nothing wrong in that whatsoever. I doubt anyone would disagree that getting dressed up for a night on the town is a superb confidence-booster. I seldom feel more positive about myself than when I have bought some new gear, got dressed up and gone out for some drinks and mischief. I don’t see this as something restricted exclusively to young people – we all want to look good and feel attractive.But why should it matter what I look like? Will I get served in the pub any quicker? Will I get past the grumpy bouncer on the door any easier? Will I manage to get a seat in the bar any easier? I don’t care what anyone says – of course I will.
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