So Susan Boyle got a makeover...
I am definitely at a point in my life where I would jump at the chance to get a makeover. Even though we've been living in Chicago almost two years, I have yet to find a hairdresser I like (and whom I can afford). This means I have gone almost a year without a cut and color. Let's just say that I'm not ready to go on national television or be sent into homes worldwide on a viral video. I think people might have more than a few comments to make about my need for help in the looks department.
I have mixed feelings about Ms. Boyle's makeover. Like I said, I would jump at the chance to get some clothing and makeup advice and a new hairdo. Maybe she had never thought herself worthy of such a treat, and her success with "Britain's Got Talent" gave her the confidence she needed to treat herself. Even though she told reporters she is happy with herself the way she is (short and plump), she seems quite pleased with her new look in the pictures I've seen. If this truly is the case, I say good for her. The publicists and reporters who think that she may be hurting her likability ratings should just mind their own business, and let her do what most women everywhere love to do. If her new hairdo and "smart" clothes make her feel even more comfortable in her own skin, then I couldn't be happier for her.
On the other hand, I was listening to some callers for WGN one afternoon who were actually complaining about her homeliness as if it were a personal insult to them. Caller after caller (as well as the host) took her plainness as a personal affront. When did it become necessary to be beautiful to avoid offending people? Those who complain about her looks seems to miss the whole point of the lesson that was lived out for everyone who watched the video. In the real world, it shouldn't be about how someone looks. Our criteria for what makes someone likable should not be based on outward appearance but on what is inside. Susan Boyle's ability to be comfortable in her own skin leading up to her big moment on stage was actually an inspiration to me.Continued on the next page