There’s a great new blog out there on the web that you really should check out. Beauty Schooled – “An Investigation of the Price We Pay for Pretty” – full disclosure it’s my sister-in-law. And I really admire her as she takes on this project.
It is a running joke among my friends that none of us were “girly girls” until two of us got married. There is nothing wrong with that. We’re all awesome and are comfortable enough with who we are that that side just was not a big deal. I don’t mind getting all dolled up for a special event – that’s part of what makes it special. Day to day, the most I do is lotion up and be a bit crazy about my chapstick, but that’s all.
It came as a huge shocker to me (and seemed to time well with the start of the Beauty School Project) when Lorelai and I were out shopping a few weeks back. She was starting to fuss and at the check out she was a bit fixated on items in the jars. So, in the interest of buying myself a little more peace and quiet, I bought her the impulse item – a tube of chapstick. I figured, as is the case of most impulse buys, it’s not that much money, it keeps her happy and in the end I have a thing for chapstick and lip balm, so it was a win for me too. We continued walking around the shops and were inside one of them and I noticed Lorelai stopped at a mirror. As she was looking at herself she started to put the chaptstick tube to her cheeks, lips, eyes… where did she learn that?! – not from me. I asked her what she was doing and she kept saying “Draw on your face”. She was quite serious about it.
I think I mostly kept my cool and didn’t give her too big a reaction about it – but still it struck me. Maybe she actually paid attention to the make up advertisements that come on at the end of Sesame Street? (Which is stupid anyway. I know they are targeted at the moms, but really – if my kid is content to watch the show and I can get up for a few moments to put dishes away or eat my own breakfast, then I’m not always right there to turn it off.)
In the end I think it’s probably nothing, just something she figured out how to do, but it is still unsettling to me. I am not against make-up. I am not against getting pretty with some make-up help. I am not entirely against spa parties, but not for a 6 year old. (Ugh. Seriously.) I can’t stop watching the kiddie beauty pageant shows on tv even though I am against those (and am so glad they are not a big part of the culture here in New England.)
Have you seen this as well? Operation Beautiful