I started to write this article a month ago, and just left it in my drafts folder, eventually forgetting about it’s existence. The whole quite unkind ‘scandal’ around Renee Zellweger‘s brand new 2013 face reminded me to finish it though.
Working in fashion for a long time, being hooked up on Hollywood gossips since forever had always raised a bunch of questions in me, and left me feeling all sorts of feelings about the situation. If we look at the fashion world and the famous models it has to offer (let’s leave out Victoria’s angels for now), we see a very wide range of pretty and not so pretty girls. Some became famous for their beauty, some for looking extremely weird, maybe even ugly to some, but they are still rocking the world, they are still models and models are widely considered beautiful. That’s that. Model agencies cast according to the rules of the market, they trade young people for the dominance in certain sectors. Some of these sectors want blond Barbies, some want big noses, unisex and anything thrilling.
Than we have the Hollywood world. A lists, B lists, D lists. Obviously most of the castings are not as much about the looks, as for the model industry, but yes sex sells. Luckily the tendency of being a talented actor/actress is still higher than that of the facial features, thus we end up with so called ‘imperfections’. Body appreciation normally does not exist in Hollywood and when it does, it is only part of the image. Hollywood tries to project beautiful lives, amazing hair, diamonds and perfect marriages.