Make Overs

I was watching The Princess Diaries the other day, and then I saw the scene where Mia was being made over. I thought to myself, Why does she need to have her hair straightened in order to look pretty? When I thought about it more, I realized that I haven’t seen that many celebrities with naturally curly hair. Is our culture so shallow that we don’t consider having naturally curly hair beautiful? Or is it because of the media? It’s the same with wearing glasses. What is wrong with wearing glasses? If you do need to wear corrective lens (i.e. glasses or contacts), why is it wearing glasses less beautiful than wearing contacts?


16 Responses to “Make Overs”

  1. angielee777 Says:

    I understand the issue that celebrities and so many women today don’t always keep their hair the way that it naturally is, but then again…if I had bushy hair like this character Anne Hathaway plays, i think i’d straighten it to tame it a bit….but then I guess the issue with beauty would be, who defines it? Because if celeberties are trying to look a certain way, who are the influencers of their images…their publicist…but the funny thing with that is that the publicist only tell what celebrities should wear based on what the people would like…so it’s this big circle that goes round and round…interesting.

  2. this movie is a disney movie. disney always conforms to the culture when it comes to beauty, just like subliminal messaging in the beauty and the beast. its really no big suprise that they try to inject into your mind their though of what “beautiful” is.

  3. thekingofeurope Says:

    curly hair doesn’t flow in the wind nicely.

  4. japaneseperson Says:

    beauty in todays culture is being physically perfect. glasses show you have a flaw and is looked at as nerdy. this is a common make over in media.

  5. ketsukusa Says:

    I guess there is that stereo type of geek = Glasses

  6. angielee777 Says:

    yeah…when I had glasses and braces in elementary school, this kid came up to me and was like, “we’re bored, can we do a make-over on you?” How sad is that…because I had GLASSES and BRACES…so stereo-typed man…yeah i gotta admit, I looked pretty nerdy…but I think glasses make people look pretty studious and spiffy. 🙂

  7. thekingofeurope Says:

    are you sure it was because of your glasses and braces?

  8. I agree that people decide what is cool based on what media say. For instance, many of the people in the United States believe women should smell nice because that’s what we’ve learned from TV, movies, magazines, ads, etc. I don’t think people consider curly hair as not beautiful. People just prefer strait hair.

  9. soweird666 Says:

    – thekingofeurope

    That’s a bit harsh, don’t ya think?

  10. people who have straight hair want curly hair. people who wear glasses don’t want them. And sometimes be who don’t wear glasses buy fake ones. We all wish we were different sometimes.

    I don’t think they were trying to say straight hair and no glass is perfection. I think it was more that they were trying to achieve the greatest amount of contrast from before and after.

  11. I have kind of a thing for curly hair and glasses… and Irish accents… and a ballerina’s ass. Beauty ideals are a lie spread to commodify and objectify people. We all like different things and we should celebrate and get our freak on. Any bookworm Irish ballerinas out there?

  12. angielee777 Says:

    yes…it was because of my glasses and braces thekingofeurope. but thanks for asking.

    people should just be who they wanna be and look however they feel comfortable. if thats to have straight hair or curly hair or short hair…it’s a free country!

  13. thekingofeurope Says:

    fair enough.

  14. I agree with silkej. I think they were just trying to make the greatest contrast they could. I remember catching a bit of some abc family original movie with Ashley Tinsdale or whoever where all she pretty much does is remove her glasses and suddenly she’s “beautiful.” Like, she looks pretty much exactly the same and therefore that completely ruins the movie. It’s not believable. There’s so many of these make over movies though. Oh, another example of going from curly bushy hair with glasses to straight hair/contacts is Celeste in the City, another abc family channel movie.

  15. japaneseperson Says:

    i agree with JkLarson but not on his choice in women which proves his point exactly. beauty is in the eye of the beholder and people should be able to be who they are. its just our culture pushes beauty stereotypes. every culture has their own ideals of beauty too. take the ancient hawaiians, they found fat women attractive.

  16. It is ironic that you used Anne Hathaway as an example of a make over. If you have followed her career lately, it has been a total make over. Anne Hathaway started off as the innocent actress who worked for Disney. We all know how Disney movies go right? Loser life to the best life. As usual, Disney actors and actresses get labeled as goodie two shoes and find they are associated with that image the rest of their career.

    However, Anne Hathaway has completely flipped the script when she got out of Disney. Her make over did not only come from the physical appearance in Princess Diaries but also in her career. How many times have we seen Anne Hathaway show her breast in her recent movies? In films such as Havoc and Broke Back Mountain she freely exposes them. Also in her role as Agent 99 in Get Smart, we see her using her sex appeal to its fullest.

    So in a way Anne Hathaway felt that make over’s are part of life. Thus, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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