February 25, 2010

Are There "Ugly" Women?

                              
                                       This photo was taken at a competition. The competition was
                                        between nine women who had to have makeovers.
                                        They had every possible beauty treatment available to them
                                        over a period of time. 
                                        Look at the before and after photos. Conclusion: There are no
                                        "ugly" women, only poor women. If we had the money....
                                        Seriously, at this point I feel it is important to say that 
                                        "Ugliness" is usually on the inside, and has the face
                                        of jealousy, malice, and not on the outside.
                                                       
                                          I was at the library yesterday and went ahead and picked up 
                                          this book. The book: Uglies Trilogy, (Uglies, Pretties, 
                                          Specials) and Extras by Scott Westerfeld.
                                          I am not sure if I'll get through all of it, but I did read the first
                                          chapter, and found the info eye-opening.
                                          I liked the idea of this bizarre and yet quite likely utopia, so 
                                          I went reading, and I think the story got better as it developed.
                                          I was especially interested in the main character's personal
                                          development- from a cheeky but not very opinionated "ugly"
                                          she became a liberated free-willed young woman.
                                          The book is recommended for anyone who likes a good, 
                                           thoughtful read. xx   

                                          (Photo sent in an e-mail from a friend) 

55 comments:

mahler76 said...

and only women with low self esteem...

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I don't think there are ugly women..ugly actions, but not ugly women.

Danielle said...

Amazing! I wouldn't have been able to tell who was who if there weren't any lines!!

Also ... think I might pick up that book if I can find it ... I love reading books other people have recommended! :)

Michael Rivers said...

Money can do amazing things. People don't want to believe that, but it's true.

Secretia said...

It's a matter of individual opinion, but when two people are alone in the dark, everything can be beautiful.

Conversely, beautiful people can have ugly personalities.

Secretia

Alice in Wonderland said...

Which also brings us back to "Beauty" meaning a lot of different things to different people.
Most of these women were probably beautiful on the inside, and only needed a bit of self-confidence to bring it out.
I couldn't help but notice that they all have long hair, and are all sun-tanned. Does that mean that short-haired, pale skinned women are ugly?
I bet this was some man's idea!

Being Me said...

I remember I received a version of this through email... and in it they had added pictures of Susan Boyle before and after pictures just to prove the same point... ..

so sad..even the definition of 'ugly' is so shallow.

BM

Lifebeginsat30ty said...

Wow, that make-over photo is amazing! Are we talking cosmetic surgery and all? I want to know how many had boob jobs.

3 hungry tummies said...

You are absolutely right! There are quite a few complete makeover shows on at the moment, the sad part is everyone look the same after the makeover lol
kisses

Sarah RDH said...

sounds interesting! I agree, with enough money, ANYONE can be pretty!!

Farila said...

Few years ago.. when we had TV and were watching some beach scene my DH commented how beautiful those women were ... and I said they could afford it. Surprised to see you have said something similar over here after a long gap in time..
Your blog is wonderful Betty.. Love you.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Dear Farila, I love you, too!
You're so wise!
xx

♥♥ tuğçe♥♥ said...

i think natural beauty is always better than make-up and there is none ugly women((:
i miss u and all my blog friends but i have lost my inspiration to write
nowadays i must study for exams and i feel myself stressed and tired:/

Christopher said...

My sister really enjoyed those books, they look interesting.

5thsister said...

Unfortunately, I've had acquaintance with "ugliness" in women but the "ugliness" is usually on the inside and took the form of bullying, betrayal, jealousy, whining, etc...

Like the Hotflash Queen said, there are not ugly women but ugly actions!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

My opinion: I am with my bloggy- friend, Polly. And I agree with her 100 per cent!
xxx.

athina said...

I think that what is thought to be beautiful changes from person to person.I don't judge people by their appearance.Instead,I believe that we should concentrate to other people' personality.

English Rose ♥ said...

I love this post, it was so thoughtful and thought-provoking

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x
http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

Alejandro said...

Creo que tenes toda la razon. Todas las mujeres tienen su encanto personal, ademas, sin ellas nada tiene mucho sentido.

Lorenza said...

Nothing against the fact that we all want to "improve" in life, if possible (that is why I do yoga every day!) but everything against the evil of Barbie Forever... Let us feed our souls more and we'll be beautiful forever!

LOL

RA said...

I've seen that photo some time ago, and frankly, what I found shocking about it was the fact, that they all look alike: big boobs, white teeth and long hair. They are even made up rather similarly. Is that the definition of beauty in today's America? Or why were they put through expensive operations and other treatments to look the same? If yes, then how sad that everybody has to be fitted into the mould to be considered beautiful....

The book sounds great, I think I need to take a peek. :)

Steven Anthony said...

I believe it...if we all had money we would all look like a million bucks;)

Naqvee said...

beauty lies in the eyes of beholder :
for me the concept of beauty isn't makeup and dashboard abs. the innocence and the glow you have in your soul actually reflects in your eyes that's what make you beautiful!

once you communicate with another person .. so your inner beauty impresses the mind of the so called "beholder" and that's where you score.

I've many friends who wear makeup .. trust me when their makeup is gone.. they are ugly for others but still beautiful for me..



♥ Naqvee

Realliveman said...

My take? Everyone is beautiful. the universe doesn't make ugly things. People do by classifing other things ugly :)

Momma Fargo said...

Oh...to have money...LOL. Then what? Haha. You are so smart, Betty, and I love your blog.

TS Hendrik said...

It maybe cliched, but beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. I've watched a couple makeover programs and quite often I think they looked better before they were glammed up.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Wonderful- and thank you for putting a spotlight on a tough subject.

AmyLK said...

I just might have to add that to my Read List. thanks!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Being Me, thanks for your comments.
Weather we want to admit it or not this is how we are assaulted everyday by the media.
What do we do to stop or prevent this?
xo

the greenhorn knitter said...

You know what? Unfortunately there is such a thing as ugly women-or people in general. Simply because we include them in impossible comparisons. Sure, with some permanent make-up, hair extensions, implants of God-knows-what, and we'd all look like Stepford wives. Great post!

Christiejolu said...

Cool! Thanks for the recommendation!

Vodka Logic said...

And why do only ugly woman wear glasses... pisses me off.

Not impressed lets see what they could do on their own like the rest of us.. or me at least.

Eye opener for sure.

Nevine said...

I love this post, Betty! And I don't believe in ugly women. Women are beautiful creatures... except for the witches, and that's witches with a capital "B"! Women who are mean are ugly... not because they're physically ugly... but because all that blackness inside them makes them look like they hate life and hate themselves... and they do. A woman who hates herself can never smile with her eyes.

Nevine

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Nevine, what can I say? I totally agree with what you said!
Ugh!
xo

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Boy, do I agree with you! ANYONE can look beautiful if they've got the money to fork over!

I like the idea of this book you've recommended. Confidence, no matter what your dress size or nose length, is very, VERY sexy indeed!

Tgoette said...

Super post! Personally I think that all of us are beautiful in our own way and that the worst thing a woman or man can do is try to live up to the rigid stereotypes the beauty industry has imposed on society. I don't want to live in a world of "Stepford Wives" and neither should anyone else. It's variety that makes life interesting. And the most beautiful thing a woman has is not something you can throw a sash on and parade in front of people...it's her personality and character.

Erika said...

Some of the most beautiful women I know are those that know how to make a dollar stretch, although money always makes it easier. I have found for many women (but not all) it is a matter of caring about yourself enough to take pride in the way you present yourself.

Wonderful and insightful post, Betty.

Unknown Mami said...

Nope, no ugly women.

....Petty Witter said...

Good to be back, many thanks for your best wishes. Always a blog I enjoy visiting, your posts have had me smiling again - I especially adore those lambs. Ugly women? I dont think so.

Traci said...

I am so interested in this book. You have set it up very well. But as my. grandmother said, "God don't make ugly!"

Ted said...

Great post! and grat recommendation! I 've hread that book.
;)

Georgia said...

They are mean women, these are the uglies.

Momma Fargo said...

Betty,

Thanks for your comments on my blog. I left a message here, on yours, and one on mine for you. Friday Follow is a blog hop. Go here to find it and follow the steps...http://one2try.blogspot.com/

There is a list of blogs, read what you want and if you want to follow them you can. It's a good place to find good reading. Then, they others will find your blog and follow if they like!

Ageliki said...

GREAT POST--
TODAY IN 2010 NO WOMEN SHOULD BE UGLY IN ANY AGE.DONT PIISS OFF LADYS,THATS THE TRUTH.IF U DONT LIKE WHAT U SEE IN THE MIRROR EVERY DAY,CHANGE IT.TRY TO BE BEAUTIFUL FOR YOURSELF.5 MINUTES IS ENOUGH TO GET RID OF YOUR GLASSES AND WITH DIET AND WORKOUT YOULL GAIN A GREAT BODY,AND LEAVE THE REST TO THE PLASTIC SURGEON, BECAUSE THE WORD (UGLY) EXCISTS IN ALL DICTIONARIES. THANK YOU MY SWEET BETTY FOR THE ARTICLE

KrippledWarrior said...

I beg! No insist to differ. If you want to see an ugly woman Google "jocelyn wildenstein." And if you want to see beautiful women with no make-up or enhancements or fashion style, google "women's hockey olympic medal ceremony"
Simple beauty with not so much as a single eye-liner! And all in full hockey gear with their hair tied back.

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michael said...

This is a really thought-provoking post:)

Emm said...

I have heard Uglies is good too - must recommend it to my book club!

Ageliki said...

UGLY IS THE ONE THAT ERASES COMMENTS

gayle said...

The ugliest women are the ones with mean actions...I do agree

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

I don't think there are ugly people, but some are less physically attractive than others....just being honest. This is why we buy fashion magazine and ogle celebrities. money can make you look pretty on the outside, but it can't do anything if you don't feel it inside.

money can also make a less attractive person seem appealing...think Donald Trump. ha ha!

SonyaAnn said...

Well said! I would definitely be considered ugly, we are so broke!

Naturedigital said...

It is difficult to find natural beauty in our times... When the lifting and beauty parlors have not made a good job.. there is allways the photoshop to complete it...
..But i must agree with some of your readers.. Beauty lies in the eyes of those who can appreciate it..
Costas..

tds said...

Very compelling argument...and isn't it interesting how (outward) beauty and money are equally revered in our society?

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