Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Best and Worst of the Red Carpet? Not on this blog, and here's why. ..

It is awards season once again, and once again the cat claws are out. It seems a ritual amongst some women to see red carpet events as an open licence to criticise other women for what they choose to wear, and how they look.

The women who go to these events are celebrities - most of them are taller, slimmer and generally more genetically blessed than the average person. Even those who are the very epitome of the popular beauty ideal are still held up to massive criticism.

If they show even the slightest hint of plumpness they are torn down for having "let themselves go". If they are skeletal-hollywood-thin, they are critizied for "going too far".. there is no point at which they can escape the snarking and sniping. Their bodies, their clothes, their lives... we just lay in.

Why are we doing that?

Is it because we're jealous of their fame, money and popularity, and slagging them off because we think they chose the wrong several thousand dollar dress makes us feel a little better? We wish we were at the Oscars or the Grammys or the MTV Music awards, and tearing down those people lucky enough to be there is a worthy substitute?

I want to believe there's a way we can enjoy the fashions of these gala events without getting into demeaning arguments and sniping that diminishes us all. There's a heck of a lot of kinds of beautiful out there, and thousands of ways to rock a red carpet..  can't we just enjoy that, and be positive and supportive of what other people choose to wear instead of taking every opportunity to fling insults and critique?

What do you think? Is it possible to enjoy red carpet fashion in a less catty way?

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