I know that I should have posted this a week ago but it just came to me as I was reading the posts about cosmetic surgery. I remember watching a TV show called ‘The Swan‘ that dealt with transforming women who were ‘ugly’ (I put that in quotes since I’m not comfortable with calling them that – who am I to judge?) into ‘beautiful creatures’ through cosmetic surgery, exercising, eating right etc. etc. This show took in two women at a time and were given 3 months to change, at the end of which one of the two would be chosen to proceed to the beauty contest based on their progress, their attitude, their determination. Also, they weren’t allowed any mirrors at all during the 3 months so they had no idea what they looked like. Any woman found with a mirror would be disqualified.
What is interesting is the opinion my friend expressed when I mentioned the show to her. She was angry about the entire concept because she didn’t understand how some people could spend all that time trying to make a woman who considered herself ugly into a ravishing creature and then tell her that SHE STILL WASN”T GOOD ENOUGH! How can you crush someone like that and live with your conscience??
For more thoughts on the show, I found this article.