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Susan Boyle

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Susan Boyle

I’m sure that there are people who are already getting sick of hearing about Britain’s Got Talent contestant Susan Boyle, even though she’s only been famous for a week.  But I’m still happy for her.

Of course, the moral of Susan’s story is “don’t judge a book by its cover.”  That’s also the credo of antifashion.  I admit that I make judgements about people all the time.  However, I’m more likely to make a judgement about someone based upon their physical appearance and not what they’re wearing.  People who respect their bodies and their state of well-being usually emanate a certain aura of wellness and strength of character.  I believe that even those individuals who aren’t blessed with good health can benefit from clean living and its contributions to a healthy appearance.

On the other hand, I try to cut everyone slack when it comes to what they wear.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: My day isn’t going to be any worse if you want to wear something that I don’t like.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  If you want to wear a prison jumpsuit or a slutty nurse Halloween costume to the office, be my guest.

Still, I often catch myself criticizing fashion that deforms the human body, but I suppose that goes hand-in-hand with idealizing a healthy body; I don’t think it contradicts my philosophy.

Anyway, back to Susan Boyle.  Good for her.  Good for everyone who has been touched by her story.  Susan and I are kindred spirits, because I know what it’s like to be judged in a business where appearance can make or break you.  Despite my accomplishments, people assume that I’ve been able to get by on my looks alone.  That’s so unfair!  Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.

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April 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm

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