Knowledge is a Beautiful Thing IF you have up-to-date information about Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery. Excuse me?
For the first time in many years, I picked up a women’s magazine, New Beauty’s Special Issue. There are 200+ pages in their Winter/Spring 2015 edition.
The cover model is 42 year old Sofia Vergara: Modern Beauty Icon who states, “I believe women should try and put energy into looking younger. We can’t just give up.” Hmm.
Let’s start with the headlines.
Look Sexy Now! 60 seconds to a dramatic transformation
Best of the Year! game-changing products and treatments you must try!
The Future of Anti-Aging, The most advanced discoveries ever!
Inside, there’s a great ad for Toothbrushes!
Who knew? One toothbrush can contain and manifest all of our most cherished beauty ideals!
When it’s time to get serious about wrinkles, you can defy gravity and get plastic surgery!
The Formula for Looking Younger Revealed!
50’s Consider surgery
60’s Maintain with injectables, fillers and lasers. If you have jowls, correct them with surgery.
It is OK to “soften” wrinkles and not get rid of them entirely but be sure to restore lost volume, and to firm and tighten your skin.
And, if you want to look like Kate Moss, get these Beauty Must-Haves.
Ankle strap shoes $650
Burberry Bag $2495
Black Suede Trench Coat $1695
Of course you need the Perfect Body to wear these beauty must-haves. Lose weight and then, because losing weight isn’t enough, you can choose from these procedures:
Body Lift $6840
ThermiRF $3000 per area
Tummy Tuck $5400
Lipsuction $2815 per area
I told my husband I need $20,000 to look sexy and get my dramatic transformation because you know what? I gave up trying to look younger and now I’m almost beyond repair. My jowls! My skin! My wardrobe! My body!
I NEED CORRECTION!
This magazine does not contain one word about inner transformation, self-love, treating others compassionately or helping feed the poor. Forget about world peace. It’s all about external appearance.
New Beauty‘s promotion of anti-aging propaganda is unnerving and appalling. Too much energy and money goes into this industry. No one is deeply flawed if they haven’t gotten serious about their wrinkles, pores and skin texture. How has this become so important?
Revenue in the U.S. for the cosmetics industry is estimated to rise to 62.46 billion dollars by 2016! This doesn’t compete with the $3.9 trillion for the U.S. military budget. But I digress.
As a society, where are our priorities? What are our values?
I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. We live on a tiny blue marble in the middle of vast cosmic space. The Earth is our home. We need to take care of it and each other. If we don’t, we won’t last as a species.
I’m certainly not opposed to looking and feeling good. I am opposed to the emphasis on these skewed priorities.
Will you say on your deathbed, “I wish I looked younger?”
I would much rather say that I lived and loved well.