Beauty Is Man-Made

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Everything is relative to something else.  Without a reference point, there is no way to judge whether or not this woman is beautiful.  This ancient idea may not seem to make much sense in the modern world where the standards of beauty are quite rigorously defended, using very deep pockets.  When you throw the kind of money around in the colossal digits that the global beauty industry uses to convince you what is beautiful and what is not, (roughly about 170 billion dollars per year*)  I don’t care what you look like, you will be hailed as the beauty queen standard of the human race.  Without this huge influx of money, our ideas of beauty will change to that which is more localizes, more in tune with the environment that we live in.

tribal womanThis is a look that is all the vogue in a small corner of the world where the multi-billion dollar beauty industry has not touched because there is no profit to be made here.

Unsullied by the ideals of beauty that exists in someone else’s mind, the indigenous people have come up with their own ideas of what make their hearts skip a beat, what make them go misty-eyed when they come face-to-face with such angelic beauty.  After countless generations have passed, this is their most recent verdict.

Photograph by Ian Transue, My Shot.  National Geographic
A Mursi woman from the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia is adorned with face markings and an ornamental clay lip plate, considered signs of beauty among her people.

The indigenous population of many areas of the world would look at the face of the modern woman above, with all her piercings and tattoos, and consider her barely within the range of what they consider beautiful.  After all, her lips are still normal-sized, and her neck is not adorned with a 12″ thick set of rings.  They will give bonus points for her very elongated and stretched ears though, as well as her nice nose ring and her pointed canines.


They certainly would not give this woman much consideration.  Knowing how western society views beauty, having been immersed in the western culture for most of my lifetime, I can safely say that Angelina Jolie is within the realm of the highest order of westernized beauty.  Notice, I said westernized beauty, because this is not the ideal beauty for the Asian community (or the African community, or any other non-western community).  For the Mursi people in Ethiopia, Angelina Jolie would not pass the beauty bar, for obvious reasons.

If all humans are equal in the eyes of the Tao, who that live on this Earth would have the temerity to say that the Mursi people’s thoughts, perceptions, ideals, and truths are inferior and less valid than the western ideals, truths, and perceptions are?  If we are what we think and if our minds create all that there is, then what does that say about the value of those thoughts when placed side-by-side with another being whose thoughts have the same value and powers as ours?

We may say that perhaps since we are more technologically and sociologically advanced than the Mursi people, our ideals, perceptions, and truths have more merit.  But then that begs another question.

What if there is another civilization that is far, far superior to ours?  What if their civilization and technologies, when compared with ours, would make what we have achieved very closely on the same par as the Mursi people?  What if the difference between us and the Mursi people are far less than the difference between us and these much more advanced beings?

Perhaps to them, our idea of beauty is so very awkward and archaic.  Perhaps they think we look so very silly, trying to paint our mouths a bright and cheerful red when the natural lip color cannot possibly be that red.  Perhaps to them, mascara and eyeliner make us look extremely ugly, the pigments causing our faces to take on grotesque lines that detract from our natural looks.

Perhaps they think this is the ultimate of female beauty.

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female_grey_adultWhat if they decided tomorrow, that they would outspend every single beauty company on this Earth, and market their idea of what legitimate beauty benchmark is?

If they spend one-hundred-trillion dollars on a mass-marketing scheme that would reach every single individual on this Earth, Mursi and Americans alike, would we eventually try to make our heads larger and our eyes blacker so that we could reach this seemingly impossible idealization of what beauty is suppose to look like?

Would our species begin to procreate based upon this image, slowly causing a social evolution to occur, where the most alien-grey looking human would get the most sexual activity, eventually causing the human race to look more and more alien?

Just a thought…

*  Personal Care Market Value Chart

** National Geographic.  Mursi Woman, Ethiopia

Makeup trends for 2013


It looks as if makeup trends for 2013 are going to be extremely minimalistic.  Color is so passé, they say, even though they want us to continue to buy the expensive cosmetics.  It should, of course, not be vibrant in color.  In fact, it should look as close to our natural colors as we can get it.  Trends dictate that we will be spending hours in front of the mirror putting on ‘nude’ makeup to try to make it look as if we have no makeup on.


Lucky for us, there is an alternative.  We can simply go without any makeup, with the exception of a loud and brassy red mouth.  No shine please.  Shine is so 2012.  There should be no sparkle for 2013.  Austerity is here to stay.  Try to look shabby.  Tousle the hair a bit, make it look as if we can’t afford styling products.  No dark eyes.  Dark eyes look too…dark.  No pink cheeks.  Pink cheeks only happen to girls who jog around the complex at 5am.  We night owls get to wear ‘skin color’ blush (whatever that means).  We should be looking much as we do, immediately upon awakening but with the added zest of slathering on an eye-popping matte red onto the lips before running out the door.

That’s it.  That’s the extent of the fashion colors for 2013.


Here I was thinking it was going to be a bland and unglamorous year when, all of a sudden, the eyes pop up in sci-fi shades!  All of a sudden, we have an invasion of aliens!  All of a sudden, I’m looking forward to 2013 so that I can smear my eyes in strange manners and look as creepy as I wish.  All of a sudden, 2013 looks to be a crazy good year!

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Babes in Space

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I saw a woman driving a car down my street today.  Isn’t that awesome?


Well, it sure was a big deal, eighty years ago.  And let’s be honest, eighty years wasn’t that long ago, in the grand scheme of things.  It’s barely an eye blink when you compare that to the history of the human race.  Yet, we find this picture above to be so crazy amazing—a beautiful woman, in a space suit that looks as if it was designed for a man.

It probably was.

Let’s face it, men’s outfits tend to be rather on the stiff, sterile, and uninspired side.  If it had been designed for women, we’d see some color, a softer more flattering silhouette, and maybe even a bit of accommodation for the bustier girls.  After all, not every woman has a size B chest.  Some of us are a bit chestier, and that suit does not look like it would accommodate a larger pay load in the front.  It wouldn’t accommodate me, that’s for sure.

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There we go!

I just couldn’t stand the dreary greys any longer so I colored her in various shades of pretty pink.    If we have to conquer space, we should be allowed to go out there with a little bit of style.  Nobody said we had to go out there looking ugly, and certainly, paint costs the same, whether it’s grey or pink.

Speaking of which…I wonder what color Ishtar’s suit was.  It’s hard to tell from a black and white photo, and certainly, the colors must have rubbed off a few thousand years ago, but knowing Ishtar (or Inanna, whichever you prefer to call her), I would guess that it wouldn’t be grey.  But to be honest with you, I’m not that impressed with her fashion statement.  It looks like she’s got the same kind of manly suit that the guys had to wear.  Poor Ishtar.  She probably didn’t have a whole heck lot of choices back in those days.  It’s hard to be a girl in a gaggle of guys, all doing their thing.  Had I been around in those days, I’d make sure she go out there with a little more style.


Look at all that paraphernalia she had to tow around!  What the heck, sista?  Shoulder pads?  Boxes and equipment on your back?  According to Walter Andrae and his colleagues who found this 4,000-year-old statue of her:

On her head she wears not a milliner’s chapeau but a special helmet; protruding from it on both sides and fitted over the ears are objects that remind one of a pilot’s earphones. On her neck and upper chest the goddess wears a necklace of many small (and probably precious) stones; in her hands she holds a cylindrical object which appears too thick and heavy to be a vase for holding water. Over a blouse of see-through material, two parallel straps run across her chest, leading back to and holding in place an unusual box of rectangular shape. The box is held tight against the back of the goddess’s neck and is firmly attached to the helmet with a horizontal strap. Whatever the box held inside must have been heavy, for the contraption is further supported by two large shoulder pads. The weight of the box is increased by a hose that is connected to its base by a circular clasp. The complete package of instruments – for this is what they undoubtedly were ­ is held in place with the aid of the two sets of straps that crisscross the goddess’s back and chest. (146)

Certainly, this outfit is not as glamorous as it can be, and certainly could use a bit of feminine allure.  The woman is gorgeous, we can all see that, despite missing a big chunk of her nose, from the passage of time, but that hat…girl, that hat’s gotta go.  She looks like she’s trying to jack-hammer a manhole cover out of the ground.

Here’s another, clearer picture of her mask and eye goggles.


Girl, what is up with them ugly goggles?  OK, so the head wear isn’t that bad in this depiction of her gear, but you sure could use a good fashion designer, lady.  That eye-wear makes you look like an alien from outer space!

stylish space suit

Now this is what I call a stylish space suit, with plenty of room to accommodate the more well-rounded parts that come attached to women!  Of course, the minor detail of bare skin can be addressed by simply adding more material to the midriff, but the shoes are scrumptious!  Built in high heels, within a boot-shaped enclosure.  That luscious blue on teal is lavish enough for any girl’s sweet tooth, and the hair on this gal is an amazing shade of fuschia, which complements the suit color quite nicely.

Yes, I would probably enjoy designing haute couture for the more fashionably conscious women of space.  We’ve had quite a bit of a dry spell for several thousand years.  We’ve been sorta Earth-bound for awhile now.  Gotta get back into the swing of things.  Gotta get the Babes back out there!

Beauty Spell

As promised, and since this is a Tao Babe blog (emphasis on the Babe), my first translation of the spells used is the Beauty spell.  Who wouldn’t want to be beautiful and stay beautiful?  Who wouldn’t want to have less wrinkles and retain a youthful complexion?  Well, this combination of one/two punch will do the trick.  Simply burn the spells in separate crucibles and then store the ashes separately.  Make sure they are labeled correctly.  One is for ingestion, the other for washing of the face.

As with all spells I post on my blog, please do not try this at home without further instructions and safety precautions from high level Masters.  There is a detailed and involved preparation that must be done prior to drawing the lines (see Sorcery Preparation).  For more information, consult your personal Sorcerer.

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