I imagine many girls page through magazines and feel a wave of inferiority in viewing precisely proportioned, poreless, picture-perfect celebrities.
I'm sure some look at Katy Perry or Angelina Jolie and wish they had a face like that. They're splattered all over the covers of magazines looking like porcelain dolls with nary an imperfection in sight.
Every lash is in place. Their teeth are whiter than snow. They have no eye bags, no double chins, no shiny noses.
Life is so unfair.
How did they end up so flawless, and I'm stuck here with my bucket of imperfections?
I'll tell you how. What you see in those magazines is all a bunch of baloney.
First things first, these people have an entourage of hair and make up artists and they are getting up at the crack of dawn before a photoshoot with their team of professionals primping every inch of them.
They are literally covered in makeup from head to toe. They're adorned with hair extensions and fake eyelashes. The teeth they were born with have long been covered with porcelain veneers. Most have been nipped; many have been tucked.
Next, there is the lighting and professional photography. In addition to the squad of hair and makeup artists, factor in camera filters and flattering lighting.
There are also people on set instructing these starlets to move their chin down or turn their bodies on angles that will make them appear their leanest.
Finally, there is Photoshopping. As if all that wasn't enough, someone is taking these already unattainable and artificial images of beauty and overhauling them in Photoshop.
Waistlines are pinched in, bustlines are increased. Freckles are removed, whites of the eyes are whitened and hair color is adjusted to perfection.
Even the roughest looking ho-butt would appear pagaent-ready under these conditions.
The truth is, aside from the fact they make more money than you or I will ever see in our lifetime, behind all of the smoke and mirrors, celebrities are merely human beings just like you and me, and although they may appear perfect in print, they certainly are not.
And that should be applauded, not exploited.
Nothing annoys me more than when I see a tabloid cover shouting "Celebrities without makeup. Shocking photos! This one has dark circles under her eyes, another has a disfigured thumb and that one has cellulite!"
Well thank goodness for that. I was beginning to think they were all a bunch of cyborgs.
Sadly, the tabloids announce these photos as if what you're about to see are photos of a bunch of circus freaks when, in reality, they are merely photos of celebrities looking a lot like you and me on any given day.
So, rest easy and don't be so hard on yourself, because I'm fairly certain, in addition to you and me, Katy Perry and Angelina Jolie likewise look at those photos and wish they had a face like that.