The Surprised Barbie Look is Disempowering

The Surprised Barbie Look is Disempowering

I was doing my usual flicking through the glossies this morning as I enjoyed my flat white and could not help but feel sad at the latest bunch of celeb women who have disfigured their pretty features with botox and fillers.  I assume the concept of these injections is to enhance your features and stop the ageing process but it very rarely turns out that way does it?  It just makes them look so obviously fake and in most cases distorts their features so much they look like clowns or caricatures of who they are supposed to be??  I don’t get it?  Surely the point of these procedures is discretion an subtlety?   And who needs anti-ageing procedures when you have not even hit 30 – yes Jessie J I am talking to you!

For women the pressure to conform to an unspoken beauty ideal starts at 8 years old and continues for most of our lives doesn’t it?  Why else would some of the world’s most beautiful women do this to themselves?  Cameron Diaz, Goldie Hawn and even Nicole Kidman, an actress who was known for her porcelain skin and natural beauty.  She is now so pumped up with botox and the rest, her acting career is in jeopardy as she cannot use her facial muscles to express emotion anymore!  We are supposed to age, we are supposed to get wrinkles, our skin is supposed to change in texture and appearance.  We are not supposed to look like a surprised barbie doll.  I despair!  But am I being too hard on these women?  Is the pressure to stay youthful so intense they are pushed more and more to experiment with this stuff?  Do they see what I see when they look in the mirror?  Who is making the rules here?  It is interesting when you listen to some men comment on the appearance of some high profile women that have NOT had any of these procedures done and are more than happy in their own skin, literally!  They say things like ‘She is looking a bit haggard’  or ‘She is not ageing well is she?’ You see we are so used to the cloned botox look that when we see a real women in all her beauty we do not recognise it anymore and this is seriously worrying.  I for one will be celebrating real beauty and real women for the rest of my days, how about you?

10 comments:

  1. I so agree with your comments Jane. Women can look beautiful at every stage of their life by eating healthily, using natural skincare products, and believing in their inherent bThere are fabulous role models for ageing beautifully without resorting to chemicals and surgery.

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  2. Jan Harney

    Yes Jane I agree. I can’t understand why anyone would inject their face with toxic substances in order to have a frozen expression or puff up their lips and eyes to look like ‘Chucky Doll’. But the magazines continue to push this as a beautiful look. I stopped buying one publication because of their weird tweaking of front cover photos. I wrote to ask them why they did it when the pictures inside looked so much better, but the editor didn’t even acknowledge my question so i cancelled my subscription. Let’s hear it for growing old gracefully (or disgracefully even)….

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  3. Wendy Maycraft

    Couldn’t agree more. We need to realise that there is beauty in every age…..

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  4. Jayne Leggat

    It is rubbish. I am happy to age maybe not so gracefully and not have the pressure to look that way and compete with so many others. Besides that I’d be too scared to pump stuff inside me. My wine toxins are enough for me. Juicing is the way forward and of course shopping! Distract people from your face with a mighty fine piece of arm candy in the way of lovely Jewellery

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  5. Fergus McClelland

    Jane K has true beauty – very powerful, feminine and powerful. THAT is what beats the botox. As a good friend of Jane for quite a few years I can say that she epitomises what makes women sexy – and there is another woman – or ten – that I can put in the same category! Dolly Parton has been re-worked by surgeons time after time. The face she has now isn’t real – but the personality is still gorgeous. It takes guts to be your true self in Western Society for a woman. Jane does it.

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    1. janekenyon

      arggh! Fergus very sweet!

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  6. Helen Cox

    I thoroughly agree, also agree that women’s magazines and media are very much to blame. A Sunday newspaper health supplement bombards us with advertisements of how to look younger – this is to everyday women not celebrities, it is worrying that women will feel the need to ‘keep up’ with their friends!

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  7. Alicej_VA

    I was watching the tennis yesterday evening and Annabelle Croft was the perfect example of eating well and keeping fit, she looked amazing and I’d rather eat healthily and exercise than have chemicals pumped into my system any day.

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  8. Nicola Cupples

    I totally agree with all these comments but may see it from a different angle having worked with some people who the above may apply to! It’s sad there is so much pressure on women to look a certain way, but have to say that IF it makes that person happy to look this way who are we to judge I guess? I promote that image is about standing out rather than blending in and being a clone – it’s about finding your OWN style!! If they have all of this cosmetic work done and are still not happy with who they are, that is truly sad 🙁 but if it makes them more confident in themselves, I say go for it – it’s their life / their body to take care of or abuse depending on how you look at it.

    In my job as a stylist and shopper for My Style Companion, I know how intrinsically linked our image is to ‘who we are’ in today’s culture. I know that by updating someone’s or wardrobe or re-styling them, I have transformed their confidence and the results they saw in their life so I would be naive to think that perhaps plastic surgery may not do the same thing for other women.

    I’m definitely not saying it is right that women feel they have to look a certain way to be ‘attractive’ and personally, I too prefer a more natural and healthy look, but having worked with some people in the public eye, I can appreciate how much pressure they are under with today’s media who can be so incredibly cruel. I’d like to think I would be strong enough to ignore it if the world constantly analysed and criticised my nose / thighs / varicose veins – you know, those things you’ve learned to accept about yourself but don’t shout about – but I can’t say for certain, so never like to judge other’s decisions too harshly, even when I agree that most of the time, these people looked absolutely beautiful in the ‘before’ pictures!! 🙂

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  9. Stella Jones

    I would rather grow old gracefully and healthily than ever go under a knife. Totally agree with the comments of how men sometimes reply about how women who have lived well look! Goes back also to beauty is from inside out not the other way – just look at the Bride of Wilderstein if you ever want to be put of cosmetic surgery – now that is scary!

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