NOW hear this, and believe it! Though foolish, since it matches the times we are going through. What is – or thus far used to be – more genuinely “real” than beauty contests, since Venus won years back, apparently in the nude? No cheating absolutely possible, having it all exposed to the last inch! And what is “real”, is… real. Nature shown naked at its best, unaltered, chosen, filtered, with a capital N, nor Naturism.
Well, things seem to have changed indeed these last few years, and alas for the worst. Besides the talent bouts requested of the ladies – or students, rather, according to their age – whilst the pageantry alone, being the object of the event itself, would be a commendable presentation displaying them as a parade of statues “in the round”, to the best advantage… - at the Slovak screening these days (beginning March and beginning April) for the “Miss Universe” occurrence, it was tactlessly asserted that “plastic surgery”, of all things – believe it or not – could (would, should?) be or become a prize-winning trick in such races: which apart from the bad taste explicitly revealed was definitely incongruous for the occasion, not to say, at the least, disrespectful. If the selected few are still nonetheless “censurable”, let alone what the rest might expect…
And nor, “le clou du spectacle”. A surgeon – yes – come from abroad as “corrector” more than as juryman was filmed in interviews advocating “amendments” upon the appointed candidates (the beauty queens, that is) to the excess of – God forbid! – “virtual” alterations by blown-up lips, inflated bosoms, false noses, ear-laps, and further “interventions” who knows where, supposedly conforming to their “dreams”. Can you imagine anything quite so absurd and untimely at a glamorous show, where gorgeous ex-Misses were present? How conceitedly unfitted may anyone be! It was really beyond words… What next: Beauty titles accorded to made-up manikins, or maybe their “fitters”? Why not then Flower Shows with petals stuck and glued on. There should be tight controls against any artifice in competitions. One cannot go this far without stumbling, which is what the organisers did that very night.
Would it not be more coherent instead to have a “Coiffeur” there varying the hairdressings, tediously let down for everyone thus concealing half of head, neck, back and shoulders (!), as much as veils obstructing other views; or a society portraitist, an aesthete, a philosopher maybe, or a poet? An appreciator, not a re-maker. Besides cosmetics, garments, “stays”, unstyled manes masking features, etc., now we have, or risk having, surgical intrusion too plotting to fool our sight with (presumably) invisible “retouching”. By George, what a ball!
Adulterations are not just for food… What else is real where Beauty is also “faked”?
Thanks Doc for the inspiring idea. But girls, keep as you are – don’t spoil your looks, and guard your skin from scars. You need not change! Frank truth is better than swindle; so let’s forget the “smear”. You can compare the two Slovak beauty pageants, Miss Universe and Miss Slovakia, in this respect.
11. Apr 2011 at 0:00 | John S. Grioni