Like so many women, Julia dreamt of looking like a supermodel—specifically, Cindy Crawford. Then one day Julia was fortunate enough to see Cindy, who is admired for
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her candor, on one of the model's many talk show appearances. Cindy made a comment that provided a near-epiphany for Julia, and which I think should be made into a bumper sticker or T-shirt and handed out to every female over the age of 10: not even Cindy Crawford looks like Cindy Crawford. Even though she acknowledges she's a beautiful woman, she admitted that many of her photos are re-touched to remove a little blemish she might have that day, or to otherwise smooth or enhance her image.
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Cindy is not alone in her candor. In another example, actress Morgan Fairchild published a beauty book. This gutsy woman, who presents such a startlingly beautiful public image, included unretouched photographs of herself without make-up. The difference between the Morgan we see and the Morgan who wakes up in the morning is astonishing. Does this make her less beautiful? Hardly. But it does show us that her beauty is not the same as it's presented on the television screen or magazine covers.
The whole point is that you need to have an accurate, realistic image of yourself, and that you need to hold it up to realistic role models for comparison. If you continually strive to look like an image that's computer enhanced or airbrushed, you will always feel short-changed.
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