Today’s post is debatable so I’d like you to bring forward your views regarding the issue.
Since childhood we have been taught that beauty is skin deep. Every parent’s main stress is on building the character of his ward than about how he/ she should look. But are parents really successful in doing so? Isn’t the peer pressure, the beauty advertisements on television leaving a totally different impact on their kids?
Synovate conducted a Global beauty survey for over 7000 people that tackled a range of beauty issues in nine markets – Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Korea, India, Singapore, Spain, South Africa and the United States. Here are the results-
- Nearly one in five respondents would have plastic surgery if they had the money but another 30% would do absolutely nothing differently if money were no object
- The Spaniards desire darker skin and the Koreans strive for paler skin
- More South African men than women would use a personal shopping / style service if they could.
- Wash’n’go Canadians spend less time in front of the mirror than people in other parts of the globe, yet are more likely than nearly everyone else to feel inadequate courtesy of beauty advertisements
- Americans have the poorest self image when it comes to beauty with seven percent saying they are not beautiful and want to change
- Beauty doesn’t buy you any extra kudos in Korea where 96% disagreed that beautiful people do not have to work as hard
- Mirror, mirror on the wall… The highest daily mirror time goes to the Bulgarians with 31% spending more than 10 minutes a day gazing at themselves, followed by the Americans at 26%.
- Singaporeans relate beauty to confidence more than any other market, with just under half saying it’s all about self-belief
- 41% of all respondents agreed that they pay attention to beauty tips in magazines
- It’s good to be beautiful in Brazil and India where 55% of people think you can get away with less work as long as you look good
- Were money no object, nearly half of all people would have regular facials, massages or other treatments. This was as high as 77% in Brazil (91% of women) and 72% in Spain (86% of women).
Though I am not very much justified to write this post because when I got my second job, I got it more because of my looks and speech (considering that English is not my first language) than because of my abilities. I didn’t know it when I was offered the confirmation letter but later I got to know that my boss wanted a good looking girl in his team because the team consisted of five men and a girl who was no-so- pretty by his standards. So, I was in. I was somewhat aware that even if I actively don’t use my charms, I still had a weapon and I could use it whenever and wherever I wanted to. During the six month period that I worked there, I enjoyed all the privileges; I was offered to accompany my male colleagues for their meetings, I was made to conduct interviews, I was offered to accompany them for high profile parties, etc. but all this became frustrating after a point of time because I couldn’t see any growth from professional point of view. And, ultimately I went there to work and not to charm men. So, I quit. It sounds kiddish now because I am over with it but many people spend their whole lives concentrating on their looks and charms. Today when I look at it from an entrepreneur’s point of view I’d probably want to employ a person with more grey cells than someone who knows believes in spending more time in front of the mirror. Indians especially have inferior complex if they are have a dark skin tone but this all comes from the parochial society. Parents feel pressurized from the society if they have a daughter who is not beautiful. The matrimonials are filled with proposals such as ‘Wanted fair, beautiful, educated girl’ for so and so boy. The guy may be an ugly dumb fart who would be licking his boss’s ass to move high up in hierarchy but the girl with whom he wants to marry should be prefect in every aspect. Go get a life buggers!
I personally think that ‘pretty and dumb’ can’t get anywhere. But ask a boss who has a beautiful secretary, who could flutter her eyes, blush at the comments of her boss but makes 30 mistakes in typing one sheet of paper. Wouldn’t he be jaundiced, and would deal with her sweetly than had his secretary been short and fat? Leave work places, teens today are feeling pressure to look sexy and beautiful. Influence of magazines, websites, television, friends are all are making teens conscious about their looks and leading them into eating disorders, making them unhappy, pushing them into depression, and in dire cases even forcing them to commit suicides. Though it’s not been many years that I have stepped out of my teenage but I think me and my friends were barely conscious about how we looked. We were happy wearing shorts, jeans, sneakers, and t-shirts and spending our time reading books or playing sports. And definitely we never got bored doing all this; I think innocence and jollity is the biggest charm of teenage. We never indulged ourselves into ipods or fashionable clothes or rather never felt the need to. Our role models used to be our teachers, writers etc but never pop stars, actors or models.
Keeping yourself clean and presentable is one thing but is it alright about being obsessed about your looks? Isn’t it more important to flaunt our ken than making our looks the pivotal issue in our lives?
PS- Everone should check my ‘Scratch Roll’ 😛