Thursday, June 29, 2006

on beauty

It seemed the world had been taken over. Dominated by faces and bodies so perfect they were freakish. Patrician noses that were once crooked. Straight, white veneers that masked 20 years of chain smoking.

She sneered at the trout pouts. Mocked the surgically enhanced feet that would be forced in to unforgiving shoes. Such vanity. Such desperation for social acceptance.

‘Why don’t you ask your boyfriend to take care of his physical inadequacies first?’ she asked friends who were under pressure to go up a cup.

The medias obsession with physical perfection made her ill. She wrote impassioned letters to networks that commissioned plastic surgery reality shows. Look 10 Years Younger. The Swan. Extreme Makeover. What was the point? So that mourners would have something nice to look at as they passed by your open casket? So that the worms and maggots that would feast off your flesh would have plump, botoxed skin to feed off.

Her friends took none of her rants seriously.

‘What do you know about sagging boobs and flabby thighs. You’re gorgeous and thin.’

‘Plenty’ she thought as she stuck her finger down her throat for the fourth time that day.

13 comments:

B o o said...

You are on a roll, girl! Loved it.

Nee said...

I was waiting for the other shoe to drop, but was going a totally different route - was thinking she might be a plastic surgeon :-)
This packed quite a punch.

sowmya said...

good one!!

Anonymous said...

Lovely, lovely. Your break did you good. Awesome thought.
- Aparna

Prerona said...

diff from ur usual stuff? is this someone u knew / know or someone u made up?

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

boo, sowmya - :) thanks

nee - other shoe to drop? gasp! such terrible thought on a shoefiend's blog. you must look after your shoes with love and care :P

aparna - glad you think so! a while ago someone said i should stay on my break till my writing improved.

prerona - entirely fictional character!

apu said...

Very very good. I didnt see it coming at all!

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

thanks apu! glad the ending wasn't predictable.

shub said...

loved it! only the last line left me with an ugly mental pic!!
good one shoofs! :)

ammani said...

Ooh, the ending. Surprising. And very disturbing. Good one, as ever.

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

shub, ammani - many thanks

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