I am feeling passionate about this. No attack is intended on other peoples opinions. I just would like to see us thinking about this a bit and this show is getting us all commenting on and judging the womens looks.
I am really curious about what other posters are using as your standard against which to measure beauty. I think all of these women are very good looking. Above average in every measure I know.
I think it is risky for women to be setting an unobtainable standard agaisnt which to measure themselves and others. For example on ER one of the actors who is an English woman plays a Doctor named Elizabeth who on the show looks barely average. Yet in person she is spectularly good looking and her hair is just amazing in its natural state. She is not 22 years old and fits no particular mold but is nonetheless simply beautiful.
If Barbie is our standard we are in trouble. I have seen some women in Hollywood who attempted to achieve Barbie like proportions and who are now aging. You know how totally wierd it is to see a aging lady with, destroyed by the sun, leathery complexion, skinny little arms and legs and big torpedo breasts hobbling along in very high heels. These women are trapped in their attempt to achieve beauty. Now they are gawked at, even laughed at and they have to live inside that skin, or is it perhaps they are slowly dying inside that skin.
The remainng contestants are obviously physically fit, beyond what I could hope for myself to achieve. Their complexions are near perfect, they have great hair and overall are quite pretty if not beautiful. So what we have then is the potential for Preston to actually consider who they are, and isn't that we as women want? To be considered according to who we are beyond our external appearance. Perhapos that is what the producers also perceive and are trying to meet what they believe is our real interst. To be seen for who we are.
That is my opinion and I am not sure exactly what brought it on but there you have it! . And yeah it turns out I did lecture here but you know it is for your own good fellow fortfans! Now go to your rooms and write a 500 hundred word essay on the topic of unrealistic American standards of beauty now being exported to the rest of the world!