Not natural beauty, of course--but the kind of beauty that we ladies pay good money for and for which we subject our bodies to various torturous devices and garments. Here's my list of things that women use that are seriously painful, but we do them anyway... all in an effort to look pretty. Feel free to add any that I may have missed in the Comment section!
High Heelshigh heels that have ruined my night, and I stand by my theory that high heels were created by a misogynistic sadist whose quest to torture women just happened to produce something that also makes our legs and asses look fantastic.
"Comfortable high heels" is a total oxymoron, yet when special occasions arise we wedge our poor hooves into unnatural positions, crunch our toes into narrow leather restraints, and put undue pressure on our lower backs... all because.... well, why do we do it? Because it's expected of us, sure. Because legs look stumpy when you're wearing flats, definitely. Some women want to look taller, but as a 5'7" "giant" that was never the case for me.
The older I get, the less inclined I am to suffer for fashion. When I shoe shop I become a bit of an old lady, uttering previously-unheard of phrases like, "That heel is too skinny for me," and "Does this come in Wide?" I'm seriously one step away from throwing in the towel and getting a pair of these beauties:
Long, lush lashes are something that we all strive to achieve. There's a multi-million dollar industry built on the fact that women will smear everything from beeswax to bat crap on their eyelashes in order to make them darker and longer. On special occasions I've been known to rock some false eyelashes, and while I love how they look, I do NOT love the process of applying them. You have to put glue on them, you see, and then get them in just the right place on your eyelid, which isn't easy. Then you have to hold them there until they dry, and you can almost guarantee that they will start to come off at some point... which is a weird look.
But you cannot deny that for certain occasions, nothing but long black eyelashes will do:
It's a well-documented fact that I own several pairs of Spanx (and other corset-y, suck-you-in undergarments), but the truth of the matter is that Spanx suck! They don't make you look thinner, they just smooth out your lumps and fat rolls and relocate them to other, weirder places. Sure, they can make your lumpy cottage cheese ass look less lumpy and cottage cheesy, but they will not eliminate the junk in your trunk. Only diet and exercise will do that... and we all know how I feel about those.
The permanent extensions are even more expensive and even more painful, from what I've heard, so every time you see an actress go from short to long seemingly overnight, know that they're lugging around a few pounds of paid-for locks that are probably hurting their skulls with every nod and shake of their heads. Jennifer Aniston, who is known for her gorgeous head of hair, admits to being "addicted" to hair extensions and to losing a lot of her real mane as a result of using the extensions so much.
Clearly, I'll put up with a lot in order to look as fabulous as I can on special occasions. Between the above examples of vanity and the fact that girls are well known to be terrible bitches throughout adolescence, I can say without hyperbole that it's not easy being a girl!
What do you think? What did I miss?