I was watching a Buzz feed video about a 90-year-old model. She was gorgeous. Her long white hair was perfectly styled in loose curls. The video showed her on the beach, in her kitchen and in her bedroom. When she talked her face lit up. In her thick, French accent she said, “It isn’t what you put on your skin that makes you beautiful. It is what is inside that counts”. I usually do not get caught up in Buzz feed videos like this one, but I was transfixed. A friend of mine told me to always focus on your face when branding who you are. That is why head shots are so important. Well, I was fixed on the French model’s face. She glowed with happiness. Is this true? Is what is on the inside really the secret to beauty?
I have studied that when taking photos of a model you should ask for a pose depicting an emotion. When I was taking this photo shoot with Lex Gordon I started picking up my fashion magazines and posing as if I were reading them. Lex started asking me to show on my face what the models were doing. I failed. I couldn’t pose like the model in the photos. I was feeling something different than the model was. He went on to ask me how I felt about the models in the magazine. I showed a frustrated frown. I could never live up to that kind of beauty. I knew what I was thinking, however, I asked out loud, “I wonder what they are thinking”.
As women we put so much pressure on ourselves to be beautiful. I still have not decided if we do that to ourselves or if culture is more to blame. I think in media we are making huge improvements. There are movements in media that are shifting towards showing diversity in sizes, culture and look. It is still difficult to have a perspective that beauty is not a standard but a feeling. Your feelings come from your thoughts. God created you and says you are good. If I were to take a picture of you today and told you to feel beautiful what would the photo look like?
Collaboration with Lex Gordon