There’s an old saying that “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”, or is it? What is being beautiful anyway? Can beauty be defined objectively? Obviously there is no way of quantifying beauty – to be precise, physical feminine beauty. But commercialised beauty does have some measurable traits, such as the height, the shape, the cups, the lips and eyes, and so on. Just take a look at the participants in Miss World or Miss Universe. After a while, the girls seem to look-alike. Maybe the judges think otherwise. But as an observer, the kind of beauty expected in these contests tends to converge into a stereotype look-alike “Barbie doll” girl.
Women are lured by commercialised beauty. They desire to be like certain celebrities promoted by marketing propaganda. Consciously or otherwise, a beautiful woman is expected to have a certain set of attributes. Venezuela is famous for nurturing and sculpting beauties for the sole purpose of participating in beauty pageants. The girls are surely beautiful by any standards. Sometimes, the notion of beauty is taken to extremes. Take a look at this Venezuelan model (Odditycentral):
In a bid to achieve a tiny waist, 25-year-old Aleira Avendano has been wearing a tight corset 23 hours a day, for the past six years. The result? She literally looks like an hourglass, with 34DD breasts, an enlarged derriere, and a shockingly slim 20-inch waist.
Aleira said that she began ‘waist’ training as a teenager. Her skinny core now attracts attention wherever she goes. “People stop what they’re doing and stare – everywhere I go I get attention,” she said. “People shout at me in the street – they can’t believe that figure is real.”
There are too many cosmetically manicured dolls that defy common understanding of feminine beauty.The Daily Mail reported another voluptuous beauty created under surgical hands, “Valeria Lukyonova, 21, became an internet sensation after a video was released about the epic plastic surgery procedures she allegedly underwent to transform into a real-life Mattel doll.”
These beauties are surreal, attractive nonetheless. They make man’s eyes hallucinate, tongues wag and saliva drips.
The moral consequence of a cosmetically created beauty is a subject of intense debate. If such is the kind of beauty that defines a women (to fulfil man’s desires, or a woman’s vanity), and if technology is able to transform any women (or man?) into any form to our liking, we certainly may be living in wonderland, not mother earth. God wouldn’t have created a woman, but an avatar right form the beginning in the Garden of Eden.
And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.