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Pretty and plain

Photo by Spencer Crawford

Something that bothers me about people in general is their ugly obsession with their appearance. I’m not saying that people should always be satisfied with their bodies, but it’s more comforting to be around someone who doesn’t feel the need to wear makeup and do their hair every day, or pump iron and wear the latest fashions constantly.

There are plenty of people on Radford University’s campus who seem very comfortable in their own skin and I applaud them. There are also more than enough people who look like they should be made out of plastic and drive a pretty pink convertible to their Barbie Dream House. That’s all well and fine if you’re Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde,” but who really has time to keep every hair in place?

Photo by Jenny Krashin.

I also don’t believe that people should go walking around in their pajamas as often as they do, but for now I’m focusing on the beautiful people. To me, looking perfect every day gives the impression that you have too much time on your hands and you should really hit the books a little more. If you spend more than 20 to 30 minutes getting ready in the morning, then maybe it’s time to change your outlook on life because the farther you get in college, the less people will take you seriously if you appear to be overly attentive to your appearance.

Every morning I wake up about 30 minutes before I plan to eat breakfast. I never hit the snooze on my alarm clock; I just get the hell up and check my e-mail. Shortly after that I jump in the shower and spend 10 to 15 minutes in there. When I get out of the shower I get dressed, brush my hair, grab my bag and go eat. How hard is that?

I know I must sound like a total failure of a woman. I don’t put any mascara on, and I don’t dry my hair and make it look nice. In my opinion, everyone looks fine when they leave their skin and hair alone; there’s nothing anyone should feel ashamed about other than the clothing they choose to wear.

Photo by Spencer Crawford.

Speaking of clothing, I like a nice outfit every now and then, but save it for those days that you really want to feel nice. People might compliment you all the time, but after a while they’ll stop because you never look any better than usual. Wearing a t-shirt and jeans with some sneakers never killed anyone. As a matter of fact, the comfort might become more enjoyable than the attention after a while.

The same goes for men when it comes to being too pretty. Dressing in nice clothes all the time makes a man look high maintenance, which may attract some women, unless the personality matches the appearance. Also, women don’t want a man who is likely to borrow her beauty products. That’s just creepy.

In the end, no amount of glamor will cover up a person’s flaws. My advice is to see what you already have going for you and work with it.