“LONDON — The economy is scary, jobs are disappearing and taxes are going up. But Britain is buzzing over something else _ Susan Boyle’s new hairdo. Some say the overnight singing sensation who rocketed to fame after a phenomenal performance on “Britain’s Got Talent” has every right to upgrade her dowdy appearance. Others fear she may lose her authenticity _ and her amazing connection with the TV audience _ if she goes too far in the image makeover department.
The change is startling. Gone is the fusty woman with graying, frizzy hair and a jowly face who joked on air that she had never been kissed, replaced by a stylish, freshly-coiffed lady in fashionable leather jacket and what looks to be a Burberry scarf. The dark, unkempt eyebrows have been shaped and colored.
Fashion experts say she’s taken years off her looks, but should think twice about making more improvements, particularly if they go beyond styling and involve artificial enhancements.”
So what? Was this woman a winner on “Britain’s Got Talent” because of her looks or her talent? She became an overnight sensation because her amazing talent overshadowed the obvious prejudging of the audience and judges.
However, what person, man or woman, has not looked in the mirror and said to themselves, “if I only . . . . How many would choose to stay “frumpy” if they were given a chance to change or improve their looks. People are inundated with ads for plastic surgery, hair styling, the newest clothing, teeth whitening, loosing weight, and more to become youthful and thin. Very few are satisfied with the way they look and choose to do something about it. How many have gone on a diet, dyed their hair, or worn braces on their teeth to modify their looks?
The criticism of the modest makeover of Susan Boyle is ridiculous and the media is promoting it. What’s wrong with a new hairdo, shaping eyebrows, and some new clothes? Who among us wouldn’t do the same if the opportunity were presented? If Susan feels good about her new looks, more power to her. She is in a talent show not an “ugly dog contest.” Whether or not she wins, Susan will have had her shinning moment by showing that she was prejudged for her looks. And she proved them wrong! So what if she wants to feel better about herself with some changes. I do and most of my friends do the same!