Gwyneth Paltrow is an attractive woman, don’t get me wrong, but the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman!?” Really? I hate to say this, but I have seen women just as attractive as she is – if not more – walking down the street on any given day.
Speaking of which, why does everything have to be the ‘Most Beautiful,’ this, or the ‘Most Handsome,’ that?
While I understand that such arbitrary judgements are little more than ways to sell more magazines, I think they’re dangerous in the long run because they create a moment of cognitive dissonance in people who view them.
For instance, if Brad Pitt is the “Most Beautiful Man,” what does that say about the rest of us?
In the same way that Gwyneth Paltrow is an attractive woman and Brad Pitt is an attractive man, but neither of them are “The Most Beautiful” anything.
We need to grow beyond such silly characterizations because not everyone – if anyone – is going be be able to meet such fanciful definitions of what ‘beautiful’ is.
The sad thing is that there will be people who try. I imagine that the likelihood that such people will have to deal with some sort of eating disorder will be significantly higher those that don’t take in such nonsense. For awhile such things were purely something that girls and women had to deal with, though young men aren’t immune to such issues.
That’s not to say that People Magazine causes anorexia, but I do believe it contributes in its own little way.