|The Living Room|
|She may look hilarious|
But in her heart
She thinks she looks hot
And though it is meant as a light-hearted exercise, the sub-text of how these girls are rarely able to see themselves as beautiful without thick make-up, hair extensions and breast implants, is heart-breaking. If their skin is not brown they don't feel pretty.
In most cases family, friends and boyfriends are telling them they look ridiculous. But they don't see it, they cannot understand that they are naturally beautiful.
Is this happening in Australia? Yes. Of course it is. The ongoing trend to looked 'tanned,' and the inability of people to put their own health before their own so-called beauty, has lead to sun beds being banned in NSW from 2014 onwards.
Yet in the media, on these vapid shows that are shoved at us 24/7, the presenters are going darker and darker. And looking tackier and tackier.
What has happened to natural beauty? Why is the definition of beauty becoming so desperately fake? How have we become so shallow that vanity is now a multi-million dollar industry?
Well, I dont have the answers.
But, I do think we all need to be stauch advocates for natural beauty. Object to fakery, point it out, argue against it, educate our children about it, especially our girls. If we can build them up and make them believe that they are beautiful, by telling them Every Single Day, then it will make a difference.
I'm also thinking we should get the Snog, Marry, Avoid team out here to give our bourgeoning population of TV presenters who are just starting to verge on the Oompa Loompa end of the colour spectrum, a 'make under'.