Jan 19, 2010

Heidi Montag on Beauty

I apologize if this is really random, especially after not having posted in months, but I needed some sort of outlet and I turned to this.

I know. It's weird for me to all of a sudden be so fascinated with Heidi Montag. I never really followed Laguna Beach/The Hills/whatever and never truly took an interest in anything that relates to her before this. But I was intrigued by an article on Yahoo! about her recent plastic surgery and was shocked at what I read and saw.

One of my friends had reblogged this on her Tumblr and I found this video above that just reminded me of it:
How can having green contacts when you’re brown-eyed and long hair extensions when your hair is really cut short be considered “beautiful”? IT’S NOT FUCKING REAL.
That is so sad. You’re admiring superficial products; all of you.

Throughout my life, I've heard people say repeatedly "beauty is within," and "it's inner beauty that counts." After seeing this video, I further lost faith in the media. I was truly disappointed hearing those people being interviewed almost praising plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons. Plastic surgery can do wonders and help people with serious need for it, but I feel that it's wrong when it's used so that other people can find you more attractive, especially when you were already attractive in the first place. I also feel like what they said, especially towards the end, reinforces the point that people's concept of beauty within others is superficial. Very superficial. Knowing that that show has been broad casted and viewed by so many people in the U.S. and the world makes me wonder how many more will continue to buy into this bullshit and how many realize that they're not speaking the truth.

There were so many conflicting emotions and confused moments that I had with the first video. It's really saddening to hear her responses to the questions. She is obviously unhappy with herself, especially with the way she looks. You hear her say in the beginning of her interview that "[double D breasts] don't look that big," hinting that she may want even bigger ones done.

Heidi also defends what she says about the message she's trying to send to little girls. She wants people to know that beauty comes from within, but her actions portray a completely different message. She says that "those other girls" aren't in the same industry that she's in, but that shouldn't matter. I understand that there are so many pressures to look perfect within Hollywood and the entertainment industry. Even though I may never be able to empathize to those women working in that industry, I feel like she's still sending out the wrong message. To me, her actions send out the message that natural talent and natural beauty is no longer enough to succeed in this world. And it may not be.

It really astonishes and scares me that Heidi is only 23 years old. She's only two years older than me. TWO. It scares me knowing that age-wise, she is my peer, but she has such extremely different feelings about herself than what I feel is normal for a young woman in her 20s feels. I can't even begin to think about how many other 20-somethings have had cosmetic surgery done because they can't find a way to deal and find acceptance of themselves.

It's hard to say and know that we live in a superficial world, but I think that it's still important for people to teach others, especially the little children who are so easily influenced at their young age, that there is beauty to be found in everyone. It may not be so apparent and skin deep, but it's there.