Beauty as femininity!
Plumpness was also an essential feature in the Victorian era. It signified health and wealth, so we can agree that beauty has become a cultural phenomenon. It has various interpretations and definitions.
Beauty and negativity!
Beauty comes with many negative connotations. Corsets and high heels wreak havoc on the feminine self-esteem and to their spines too. Women are expected to possess the curvature like a twelve-year-old boy which causes them to develop many eating disorders. “Beauty is not only contextual; it’s constructed,” written by James Hamblin about a polished businessman who opened a ‘beautification establishment’ in Los Angeles in 1909. His expertise resided in judging abnormalities on women’s faces.
Dimples on the face.
There are some unique architectural features such as dimples. The zygomaticus muscle is responsible for turning our frowns upside down. Some people with short zygomaticus are more likely to have dimples. People with dimples hate them and those without them, want them. Humans have an inclination towards bodily insecurities.
If our bodies could talk !
James Hamblin published a book called “If our bodies could talk.” He investigates the nuances and neuroses surrounding the concept of beauty. He covers many questions which arise in the minds of almost everyone, but only a few seek answers to them. He even covers misophonia, which is the sound people make when chewing, which could mean that one incites violence. It is just one out of many aspects of our complex relations towards the environment.
Artificial dimple creation.
Again, talking about dimples, for nearly a hundred years, crafty makers unsuccessfully pimped dimple machines and techniques. Then a surgeon decided that for $4000 he would bypass nature and suture the cheek’s buccinator muscle to create a dimple. Then, another surgeon named Gal Aharonov invented a twenty-minute procedure which estimated a success rate of 90 percent.
The beauty micrometer.
Max Factor then came up with a machine called the “beauty micrometer”. It looked similar to that of a medieval torture device, screws implanted along the scalp, cheeks, and forehead. He’d strap the customers in, and make out invisible flaws. Only his machine could detect and sell them a makeup as an antidote.
Inner beauty and peace.
But there are various reasons why people exercise their bodies and minds. There is a correlation between outer beauty and inner beauty. When someone feels good, they will look good. The need to cut open their cheeks or manipulate the muscles inside does not exist. Their generic makeup trumps any cosmetic one.
Choose your mirror.
Hamblin, in his book, talks about how we perceive ourselves is entwined in the perception of others.
“We can’t always choose our mirrors, but surely, we can choose the kind of mirrors we will be- a kind mirror, or a malevolent mirror, or anything between.”