I know, I know…that sounds silly. But I’m tired of being slapped upside the head every day with the plastic perfection that passes for beauty in today’s media.
I noticed it while I watched the Jodi Arias trial–my springtime obsession. All the experts were perfectly made up, perfectly coiffed blonde model types. Almost every single expert fit that mold. Which made me start noticing other “experts” on other shows.
I’m not doubting their expertise in any subject. But I wonder where the average, real looking people are who might actually have the same or more expertise? Are they out there? Do they exist?
I went to graduate school to get my masters degree in clinical psychology. I remember one gorgeous girl from the class; the rest of us were normal looking. Where did the model experts go to school? Is there a special graduate school just for model-type students?!
This isn’t to say I am not surrounded daily by attractive people. I have gorgeous friends and neighbors. Fellow school moms take my breath away. The ladies I graduated from high school in 1984 are, by far, the most attractive women I see on Facebook. Still, not one of them fills the “gorgeous” mold that I see on television.
Why is that? Who came along and decided that tall, leggy, and blonde were the default requirements for beauty in our country? It hasn’t always been this way.
I watch old movies and am amazed at the quality of the acting of Joan Crawford and Betty Davis. They are attractive, pleasing women. They wouldn’t get a movie role today if they begged. I watched Carol King perform with James Taylor and thought the same thing: she wouldn’t stand a chance in today’s musical arena.
I want the average, expert on the street to be given a chance to shine. I want one of my grad school instructors to appear somewhere as an expert.
I want to see and hear experts who are there on their actual qualifications, not on how they look.
I want to see some quirky, imperfect, mousy brown-haired woman knocking an audience dead with her knowledge of psychology, criminal justice, or politics. Don’t you?