Saturday, September 25, 2010

So what is beauty anyway ?

Don't you just love LOLcats?

Yes ,so I've been thinking - what is beauty? What do I think beauty is - without the shackles of the media telling me what it is? How do you know someone is beautiful? What is the difference between being beautiful and attractive? So many questions !

On BBC Lifestyle (channel one eighty something on DSTV ) the other day I was watching a show called "Miss Naked Beauty" . Knowing DSTV it was probably a two year-old repeat of the show but it quite relevant to today's blog post. If you click on the link you can read a bit more on the show   

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So they take a group "normal ladies with physical hang-ups" with different body types (apples, pears, oranges, peaches, mesomorphs, ectomorphs . . .you get the picture!) and strip them down-in all senses of the word- and through a series of episodes coach them to become more confident . I happened to catch episode 4 that dealt with the perception of beauty.

In the UK , glamour modeling is big ( I think in Bollywood terms they would call it "the Item girl a.k.a Koena Mitra"). Many young British girls aspire to be glamour models. They serve as a kind of benchmark for beauty. What is a glamour model you might ask? Think FHM , Jodie Marsh, Pamela Anderson, WWE Divas. As the saying goes - "a picture is worth a thousand words" . Go see what a glamour girl is

On the show they want to rattle the belief that the fake glamour girl is beautiful. They pushing for a return to "wholesome beauty" and not the plastic-fantastic Barbie beauty.

Glamour Model Look

Naked Beauty Look
The pic at the top shows the women all dolled-up Katie Price style and the bottom pic shows them in all their naked glory. So where do they look more attractive? Your thoughts?


  1. i have to admit i find the former alil transylvania if you know what i mean... :)
    in this comparison i think the latter is alot more appealing...but charisma and what is appealing is elusive, do they look better because they are natural or naked?

  2. they look better in the raw

  3. I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. ~Author Unknown

    Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. ~Kahlil Gibran

    Against Him those women sin who torment their skin with potions, stain their cheeks with rouge and extend the line of their eyes with black coloring. Doubtless they are dissatisfied with God's plastic skill. In their own persons they convict and censure the Artificer of all things. ~Tertullian

    That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful. ~Ninon de L'Enclos

    Had the price of looking been blindness, I would have looked. ~Ralph Ellison, "Battle Royal"

    It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness. ~Leo Tolstoy

    Those are just a few quotes I found on

    Well Laila only you can answer that- why do YOU think they look better in the naked Pic? Was I leading you there? There must be people out there who prefer the Glam pic. After watching the show as well, I must say they looked better witout all that on.

    In the naked Pic , they're smiling and glowing. In the top pic they look overdone , ( Cough "ahem" trashy I dare say).


Love to hear your thoughts!

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