Wednesday, April 24, 2013

21st Century Beauty

Gwyneth Paltrow was named today by People Magazine as the World's Most Beautiful Woman. At age 40. After having had plastic surgery.  Actually, I don't see a difference:
Gwyneth Paltrow before and after (image hosted by http://www.plasticcelebritysurgery.com)
Nonetheless, she is FAR from the world's most beautiful woman...who is probably 18 and Brazilian.  And as an example, I pulled these from the Internet without going through many choices:

I mean, come on.

I get the desire to counterbalance the relatively advanced age of whomever usually gets the "World's Sexiest Man" title, invariably someone in their 30s or 40s.  I also understand that there is such a thing as mature beauty with women.
But let's be serious.  The concept of female beauty in our society has historically been linked to a woman looking like she can pop out a half dozen babies before they start coming out damaged. 
And on top of that, Gwyneth Paltrow just isn't all that good looking.  Granted, she's pretty, elegant, and intelligent, but she's never been a sex symbol in any capacity.  Her lips are thin and her body is completely devoid of curves. If we're lifting the restriction on plastic surgery (and we clearly are), why not Meghan Fox, Angelina Jolie, pre-preggers Kim Kardashian? 
If people somehow insist on a blonde, 40-year old anorexic as the paragon of female beauty, Portia de Rossi fits the bill, and is clearly better looking than Gwyneth Paltrow:

I just don't see it.  Nothing against Gwyneth Paltrow, she seems like a lovely person (and some of the above examples --KiKa, Megan-- certainly don't), but she's at best a moderately attractive woman in a world where there are 3.5 billion women, most of whom aren't waif-thin, pale children of Hollywood royalty.  Of that, there are probably a few hundred million, today, who objectively would be considered more beautiful than the "Most Beautiful Woman in the World" of 2013. 

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