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100 Beautiful People

May 13, 2008

Did you see the recent issue of People magazine featuring the “100 Most Beautiful”? It caught my eye on newsstands, but I didn’t get a chance to sit down and look at it until yesterday afternoon at the library. While lounging in a comfy stuffed chair near the magazine racks, I flipped through page after page of wonderful photos of Kate Hudson, Salma Hayek, Mary J. Blige, Eva Longoria, The Gossip Girl cast, Jason Taylor, Vanessa Hudgens, Taylor Swift, Zoe Saldana, and many-time 100 Beautiful People list repeaters such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, etc.

Sitting there in my Sunday scruffies—jeans, a t-shirt, and flip flops, with slightly greasy hair—I felt pretty ugly. In fact, and I don’t know if this is true for you or not, but every time I binge on looking at magazines filled with pictures of outrageously-gorgeous stars, I feel uglier and uglier. It makes me feel like I definitely need to raise my game when it comes to grooming and dressing. Anybody else ever feel this way?

A week or so ago my friend Jen e-mailed me a link to look at models’ touched-up photos (available for a peek at Wow, did somebody ever do some great work on those photos! Maybe you’ll want to look at them.

Here’s what’s interesting, I think: when I read my Bible, the message I get from it has to do with raising my game when it comes to grooming and dressing my heart, my mind, and my character. Here’s what the apostle Peter says in 1 Peter 3:3, 4: “Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God” (New Living Translation).

I love magazines, so I’m not going to stop looking at them. I like nice clothes and shoes and purses—everyone needs some new clothes at times—so I’m still going to spend some money on that stuff. Peter’s got a point, though, that I think we all need to keep in mind as the media in all its forms keeps pushing beautiful people at us: how beautiful are we inside? That’s what really matters.

- Re: 100 Beautiful People from fakers, May 14, 2008

hahahahah their fake. trying to look pretty but their not. i mean wit all the stuff they fix and stuff on the camara well anyone can look like that, but their fakes i like real ppl'z. i dont pay much atention to all that. i know i look pretty and thatz all that matterz as long as i look pretty for my boyfriend im cool. and he told me i look pretty like this and that i dont need to fake how i look. so i dont trip

- Re: 100 Beautiful People from Michelle, May 14, 2008

You make a great point that beauty has to do with a person's personality too. And you're right, they do have the time and money to look amazing--it does take time and money!

- Re: 100 Beautiful People from n/a, May 13, 2008

They shouldn't be called Beautiful, they should be called attractive and on top of that, Hollywood Most Attractive. You CAN'T know beauty unless you know the person and we don't know them, just that they are awesome pretenders and have the time and money to look amazing ;)

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