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"The Price of Beauty"....who will watch?

I am so excited to see this show on VH1 with Jessica Simpson! I have to admit it, when she first hit the reality air circuit I had my doubts about her, but I have learned to love her as she began to hold her ground against the way the media portrayed her and battled her. She has made it a point to redefine what beautiful is in her own eyes, and therefor redefine how she sees herself. In the end, her self image and wellness is passed on to those around her. Is is possible that our own self confidence and self image affects our clients? Who plans on watching and what do you want to take away from it? I saw an interview on Oprah with Ken Paves and her, he stated that he had never felt ashamed of the industry before, as though the industry has made american women feel inadequate and uglier because of how hard it has become to live up to the standard of what it means to be "beautiful". Is it more of a media problem or an industry problem? What does beauty mean to you? Do you think this will do damage to the industry as a whole or do you think there is something to be learned here? I hope to learn how to make my client feel beautiful as herself, rather than trying to make her look like the picture she brings in. I think I can learn a happy medium between what the client wants and my capabilities as a designer... and perhaps that there is a certain sensitivity I can take away.

There is a speech that inspired me for years..... it was given to me by a friend and i carry it with me and learn something new from it every time I meditate.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?" Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. WE ARE BORN TO SHINE AS CHILDREN DO! WE WERE BORN TO MANIFEST THE GLORY OF THAT WHICH IS WITHIN US. AND AS WE LET OUR OWN LIGHT SHINE, WE UNCONSCIOUSLY GIVE OTHER PEOPLE PERMISSION TO DO THE SAME. AS WE ARE LIBERATED FROM OUR OWN FEAR, OUT PRESENCE AUTOMATICALLY LIBERATES OTHERS."

I love the second half of that speech. It says a lot about what we can give to others for the hour they choose to sit in our chair. There is nothing more rewarding that making someone feel great. You give to them and in return they give to you without even know it. ;)

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