by Kenneth Justice
~ How many of us had parents who taught us that our, “Looks don’t matter, all that matters is that you be yourself. All that matters in life is that you’re a good person”
Isn’t it about time we all admit that is a crock of B.S.? The Oscars were last night, an evening with a whole lot of pomp and ceremony (emphasis on the ‘pomp’), a long night of listening to Hollywood starlets tell the camera who they “are wearing”. Hollywood is all about looks. For every Kathy Bates, there are a thousand young beautiful Natalie Portman’s and Grace Kelleys.
God bless Julianne Moore, I really love her as an actress, and I’m happy she one the Oscar yesterday for Best Actress. But let’s not kid herself, she’s has earned a lot of roles in the past because she was willing to get naked for the camera, and because she looks good (both in clothes and out of them). Hollywood is all about looks.
However, it’s not just Hollywood where looks matter. Having good looks and dressing well help propel some people over others. “Dress for success” is what we are told when looking for a new job or career. How you dress matters. If you show up to an interview for a Fortune 500 company wearing sweatpants and tennis shoes, don’t expect for them to take you seriously.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with caring about how we dress. In fact, for some time I have thought that it’s silly for teachers and parents to tell us that “Looks don’t matter” because we live in a world where looks DO matter.
This isn’t to say I’m in favor of pretty people being world leaders, and ugly people being their slaves. No not at all. It does mean that I’m suggesting that perhaps we need to take more seriously the idea of how we dress and the way we look. After all, as the saying goes, While God looks on the inside, Humanity does indeed look at our outward appearance.
Perhaps we should have courses in high school for young adults to teach them how to move from dressing as a child to dressing like an adult. Perhaps we should encourage people to take a few extra minutes in the morning in getting ready for the day.
Then again, perhaps I’ve simply been drinking too much coffee and I’m buzzing off the caffeine. Am I nuts? Do looks matter? Should we care about how we dress?
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee, (while wearing my Calvin Klein Jeans and Mark Anthony shirt)
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