I don’t even need to add any commentary. It speaks for itself.
This article is from Sephora’s Beauty and the Blog, written once again by Jenna Mahoney:
“I’ve been thinking all day long of a good April Fool’s joke to play on you here at B&TB, but instead I’ve been unable to shake this New York Times piece I read earlier this morning. So instead of being all joke-y with you, I’m turning up the dial on the serious beauty talk. The article discussed book of photos by Zed Nelson in which he examines the homogenization of the ideal of beauty. He and his project called Love Me blame globalization for the onslaught of cosmetic procedures, lightening treatments and—believe it or not—beauty pageants. And the photos back up the claims. As someone who works in the beauty and travel businesses, you’d think I’d have a strong opinion on the thesis put forth by Mr. Nelson, but I sort of don’t. I’m wavering between the good and the bad arguments. Is there something wrong with everyone trying to look like everyone else? Probs. As children we tend to understand that difference is—well—different. And it looks like that has extended across the globe to adults. Or maybe it’s simply more reflective of the Coca-colonialism that has taken over the world. I mean hasn’t the notion of looking like the colonizers been pervasive for some time now? The fact that people have aimed to look like the ruling class in order to (and I use quotes around the following) ‘gain social respect and money’ been around for a while. But then I think no matter what I think about the fact that women in Iran are getting nose jobs to look more Anglo and South America sells out of skin whitening creams is wrong, the fact is if it erases exoticism and evens the proverbial global playing field, then maybe we should embrace the notion of sameness. But then I think: If everyone was the same then we’d just live in clonedom or on Pandora or whatever the heck that blue planet is called and how interesting would that be? –Jenna Mahoney”