Lovely Lucy, Shanghai

Makeover shows are a huge guilty pleasure for me.  On the one hand, I’m offended by the idea that anyone would feel the right to impose their aesthetic opinion over another, and imply, if not outright declare, that that person looks like crap and needs to change.  Why should we even care what anyone looks like in the first place?  Isn’t that just superficial? Shouldn’t we be striving to live in a society where we are judged by the content of our character, not the clothes on our skin?

On the other hand, whatever.  I love fashion and it’s always fun to watch someone undergo a transformation.  I even like ironing stuff because I like watching the fabric go from wrinkly to smooth!  Transformations kick ass.

And there’s no denying the positive difference that a makeover can make.  Bottom pic: A very pretty girl hidden under layers of knitted winter mush.  Top pic: A very pretty girl with a lovely figure in flattering clothing, a nice blend of textures with a silhouette where there once was none.  It’s age appropriate, fun and sophisticated.  And, to me at least, she looks more comfortable and confident in her new duds.

The truth is that we live in a world where appearances matter.  Maybe it would be nicer if they didn’t; I don’t know.  But if bettering our exteriors has a positive effect on what’s inside, then maybe it’s time to stop feeling guilty about wanting to give the gift of transformation.

Makeovers for everyone!!

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