Monday, May 22, 2006

Beautiful Dummies

Childhood is never complete without your own Barbie doll. Barbie was not just a toy I liked to dress up for different occassions. She was my model and inspiration for all the glamour and beauty it possessed. She was the ultimate girl. Beautiful and perfect.

But that was all there is for Barbie. She was physically perfect. Period. Nothing beyond those long lashes, pinkish cheeks, and sparkly teeth. And yet I idolized her so much. Every girl, at one point or another, did (some still do).

Of course I couldn't blame Barbie for being so beautiful outside and so empty inside. She is just a doll that is manufactured a million times at once in some big factory. It's not her fault for being so undeniably drop-dead gorgeous and so undoubtedly dumb and yet every girl likes to have her hands on her. But where are my Barbie dolls now? They're either in an old dusty toy chest or in the hands of a poor girl through charity and donation. Barbie is now forgotten. The ever-so-beautiful and glamorous Barbie is now buried in a lost memory.

Just a thought. I firmly believe that we women have the responsibility of beautifying ourselves, because we have been created to be beautiful. But this beauty we have been given does not only talk of what is physically seen. It is our whole being. Are we beautifying ourselves outside and inside as well? As much as we carefully choose the food we take in to take care of our bodies, do we also cautiously choose the things we hear and listen to? As much as we consciously pick the best fashion getup, do we also consciously choose the words we utter and the actions we do?

I know of women who spend so much time and effort and money to make themselves Barbie-perfect...
so beautiful outside and yet so empty inside. Just like Barbie, they are utterly admired and idolized. But in the same amazing way, that's all there is for them. The ultimate girl with nothing inside. The only difference is, I could blame these women for being so. Barbie can't be blamed for being such a beautiful dummy, but these women who can't stop making themselves superficially beautiful alone are totally responsible for such irresponsible efforts. Soon enough, because of their lack of depth and substance, these ever-so-beautiful and glamourous women, just like Barbie, will be buried in lost memories.

5 comments:

Shadow in the Moonlight said...

isn't that naomi ? nice pic ... true what you wrote, reminded me of pamela anderson, there is somethin really irritating about that female, I switch channels whenever she is on. the others like paris and lindsey are atleast entertaining and nice to look at, like barbie. But barbie is really somethin, she comes with a variety of attires and accessories ... especially those tiny cute shoes, that you like to remove and put on.

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