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If the executives at L’Oreal considering  the Statue of Liberty for a fashion shoot this might be the feedback they would give her: This would be funny, if it wasn’t true. (I assume everyone knows that France gave the US the Statute of Liberty as a gift and that L’Oreal is a french owned company) […]

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Does the Statue of Liberty Need a Beauty Make-over?

If the executives at L’Oreal considering  the Statue of Liberty for a fashion shoot this might be the feedback they would give her:

This would be funny, if it wasn’t true. (I assume everyone knows that France gave the US the Statute of Liberty as a gift and that L’Oreal is a french owned company)

This image is taken from the poster promoting the documentary movie, “America the Beautiful” by filmmaker Daryl Roberts. The movie answers the question, “Is America obsessed with beauty?” He follows aspiring young models (and watches one crumble under the industry’s pressure).Daryl also interviews fashion magazine editors, celebrities, plastic surgeons, and everyday men and women.

It’s a candid and enlightening movie that will make you feel more empowered and more aware, wondering, “Who decides what’s beautiful, anyway?”

Given that  L’Oreal was recently “outed” for the false advertising in the ad campaigns featuring Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington, this movie is especially topical. And L’Oreal also lightening Beyonce’s skin tone to make her look more Anglo than Afro in one of their hair ads. So apparently L-Oreal thinks they are the official gatekeeper of determining what/who is beautiful.

When you sell mannequins for a living as I do, you get accustomed to seeing unrealistic standards of beauty for women. 90% of the mannequins I sell are thin, tall, with perky boobs and tight bottoms. Of course there is no cellulite, gray hair, sagging skins, freckles or wrinkles.

I have written a few posts this past week about how mannequins silently get us to loathe our bodies because they promote unrealistic standards of beauty.

The Statue of Liberty is the ultimate mannequin. She stands there silently just like store mannequins do and convinces us to believe. Store mannequins convince us to buy the wares they are displaying, the Statue of Liberty convinces us that America is the place for the “tired and hungry, yearning to be free.”

Fortunately she is a symbol for something else. That real beauty does not require photo-shopping or plastic surgery.

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