There’s a trend emerging, especially around the authentic values of Smart Sensuality women, that says I am beautiful as I am. The point is not to forsake makeup and enhancing our image, but to also claim our authentic, natural beauty in an advertising and media world gone Photoshop crazy.
Even the world’s most beautiful women, become caricatures of themselves, in the hands of an art director or plastic surgeon.
When I had my first botox and “filler” treatment on my face, I asked my doctor to stop saying “perfect”, when she finished.
“Leslie,” I said, ” this is dangerous psychological territory for me. I understand you’re proud of your good work, but what happens the day I can’t afford botox. I’m an aging woman and I’m not pursuing perfection here.”
“Am I ‘imperfect’ the day I can’t afford you?”
Suffering at the hands of the economy, right along with everyone else, I could not justify spending so much money on anti-aging treatments. About 18 months ago, I decided to face the woman in the mirror again — cold turkey.
Full Frontal Self
For any number of reasons, the reality check wasn’t bad at all.
Not only have I survived as the treatments wore off; I’ve thrived. I should also thank my paternal grandmother for her fabulous skin and DNA genes. I am blessed in the aging woman department.
These supermodels in Harper’s Bazaar, September 2009, wear no makeup, reflecting a move in women’s media to explore unvarnished, Smart Sensuality beauty. I assume no Photoshop, if no makeup.
The Smart Sensuality trend towards unvarnished beauty, focuses on our authentic essence as sensual, caring, intelligent women.
Makeup, fillers, clothes, lotions, potions and all the rest are just props in our attempts to lead honorable, productive, beautiful and globally relevant, caring lives.
Let’s hope we see more of this editorial theme in fashion magazines. Getting naked suddenly takes on an entirely different dimension. Anne