Sometimes I wonder about myself.
I’m an educated, intelligent woman, with relatively good common sense…yet I can’t resist buying tabloids that publish photos of celebrities at their worst.
Last week, I picked up Star’s Spring 2012 “The Best, Worst & MOST SHOCKING PLASTIC SURGERY” issue featuring 335 “amazing” celebrity photos ranging from Courtney Cox’s “cougar cleavage” to Suzanne Somer’s alleged “cutting-edge stem cell facelift.”
And―I confess―over a decade ago, I clipped out and SAVED a photo of Elizabeth Hurley without makeup!!!
At first, I thought I must have a perverse nature.
Or, questionable taste.
Then I realized that I’m not alone. In fact, millions of women buy these magazines regularly―just like me.
What we have is a “paradox of perfection.”
We beat ourselves up for not looking “perfect,” and so we buy all sorts of creams, serums, lotions, potions, foundations, lipsticks and mascaras in the vague―but persistent―hope they’ll make us look more like the celebrities who endorse them.
Then, when unflattering (and sometimes downright UGLY) photos of the same celebrities come out, we snap up magazines to see them at their worst.
Because those magazines reveal that―underneath it all―those celebrities are just like us.
Seriously, if you took ANY one of us and did…
- professional hair styling
- makeup by the finest artists money can buy
- wardrobing selected by a fashion stylist
- world-class lighting and photography
- PhotoShop “airbrushing” of the photos
…we’d look every bit as gorgeous and alluring as celebrities do!
Heck, we’d probably look even better.
And that’s why we whip out our wallets whenever Star shows our idols without makeup or frolicking in all their bouncy, droopy, floppy, flabby glory on an exotic beach somewhere we’d love to visit.
By peeling back the glamorous facades, we see how ordinary “stars” really are.
And we feel better about ourselves.
So, RUN―don’t walk―to your local supermarket and grab yourself a copy…………..
For a mere $5.99, you too can feel like a million bucks! (How’s that for cheap therapy?)
Now you know my secret obsession with tabloids. What’s your secret trick for feeling great about yourself? Feel free to let it ALL hang out in the comments below…………….