Beautiful Enough

Why did she not feel beautiful enough? She was young, she left behind a husband and eight year old twins.

Beauty queen and Miss Argentina 1994, Solange Magnano, died on Sunday as a result of complications from elective gluteoplasty, commonly known as a “butt lift.” Although authorities are still investigating the cause of death, Solange’s friend Roberto Piazza said that liquid injected for Thursday’s surgery “went to her lungs and brain,” causing respiratory failure.

I got a book that is a classic artist’s tool– the photos of Edweard Muybridge.
In the late 1800’s Muybridge used the new technology of photograpy in ingenious ways creating images of animals and people in motion. His work is still used today. His photos of the human body in motion show models, male and female, in ordinary daily actions–walking, running, climbing stairs. The models are naked.

They are all young and fit. They lived in times when people were active by necessity and ate all natural because that’s all they had. They are beautiful pictures.

The men have a timeless look. The women, by fashion standards, are all defective in some way. Stomachs are not totally flat, breasts are not augmented. In fact, they are normal women who have not surgically altered themselves. When they wanted a slim waist, they would have worn a corset. Women back then didn’t shave off their body hair. They kept their clothes on, except in the cause of art and science, or in privacy.

Generally, it’s alright for men to be men. Women have to try to be this year’s model. Most of us don’t put our lives at risk for the sake of perfection. Most of us recognize that perfection is never attainable. Tragically, some women have died trying to be beautiful enough.

The world revolves around commerce, and commerce depends on need. Create a need when one doesn’t exist. If women generally felt beautiful enough, surgeons would have to make a living curing diseases. And with all that extra time and mental energy, women might get up to something.


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