THE CONFLICTING NARRATIVE
What a conflict it was. I spent a lot of time pitching ideas for this assignment. It’s grown a lot considering that my first idea was to take a teddy bear and rip it up and tape a “get well soon” card to it. But then I figured, that wasn’t a strong enough of a narrative. It's good to think things through.
And I cleaned my bathroom this past weekend, like I do every weekend, and as I was clearing the counter to wipe it down, I saw some words of a bottle of perfume. It was a Soap & Glory bottle, and on the back it says, “We believe that while beauty absolutely matters, it doesn’t matter absolutely” . Now, as a brand, Soap & Glory is a British beauty and cosmetic brand thats all about self embrace and being a sort of bad ass, but still being really girly.
But I thought about those words a lot. Something wasn’t sitting like, beauty matters, but not absolutely…and yet, to some, it does matter absolutely. So, I was conflicted. And then I started thinking about beauty, and what I think of it, and how others might perceive it. So this is what I came up with.
Let me provide some explanation;
This is how I interpreted the conflict of how I feel about beauty. We’re under a misconception that wearing makeup, how ever we choose to, makes us feel more beautiful. It’s a mask we can hide behind, and going out without makeup makes us really self conscious. But I wonder why, its your own skin, how can you not be comfortable with that? You wake up with it.
And a lot of people seem to miss that beauty is not only beyond what you can do physically, but its a mental and health state of mind. Having a beautiful personality should matter absolutely, not your vanity. But the point of my work on this is that we forget beauty really has to do with out health, and how we treat out bodies and skin. You have to start there, not with all the makeup.
I used polaroids to further illustrate that our bodies aren’t perfect, because polaroids do not take perfect pictures. There’s always a certain quality of flaw in them, just like people and their appearances.
Each polaroid is a step in a routine, specifically a morning routine. (based on my morning routine, but obviously exaggerated for illustrating the point). First thing in the morning, I have hot water and lemon — it does wonders for your digestion and overall helps your body metabolize and keep your skin healthy. Second, vitamins! This is something my dad always encouraged me to do, but I never took him seriously, but he was right that vitamins do improve your overall healthy and keep your body going. Third, serums and moisturizing. These are all ways you can help your skin from pollution, free radicals in your environment, and the moisture it needs to stay healthy & hydrated. And finally, the thing we’re all scared of, the no make up self portrait. Or the final self check, if you will.
Seems all peachy but;
here we are, conflicted by the idea of beauty and perception again. Look how many selfies I took to get the one I wanted. Look how many times I tried to get the right photo. That’s the story of hesitation, filtering, and crafting a certain image. In my process, I found that I was making it matter “absolutely” when I shouldn’t have. So, I chose to include this in here as a self reflection, and so others can apply that with their own concerns of theirs as well.
The conflict really lies in that, even though this isn’t about makeup to gain a comfort level of “beauty”, it’s still mimicking the same sort of routine, like putting on makeup. And yet, this is all the steps you might take to improve your health and wellness, and those all do affect your appearance in the end.
And polaroids may be a perfect square (rectangle in this case), but they take imperfect photographs. That’s what humans are, imperfect images, for a time.
Cheers to good health, my dears.