June 15th, 2011
by Seanna · Filed Under: Beauty and Style
My contribution to Jodiojo – the topics of beauty and style – is obviously very subjective. I totally get that. But with regard to the getting dressed how-to posts of the past several weeks, and prompted by the comment copied below, I wanted to say a few things.
First, all the advice and tips are based on the concept of creating, enhancing and bringing balance and symmetry to the body with clothing. In fact, it’s also what we strive to do for you through your training. A symmetrical, proportionate figure isn’t just my idea of beautiful, it’s actually yours too. “Humans have universal standards of beauty. It’s called the divine proportion or the golden ratio, which is based on pi (1.618), and it is found throughout nature, for instance leaves, seed arrangements and conch shells, as well as most of man’s greatest accomplishments, like the Pyramids, the Parthenon, the David, and the Mona Lisa. The omnipresence of the golden ration throughout the world creates a sense of balance, harmony and beauty in the designs we see every day. Pi is also the driving force in human attraction. Everyone prefers people whose face and body is symmetrical and follows this ratio.” We were all put together with a sense of beauty that’s based on symmetry, balance and proportion.
Second, I made the assumption that our readers already know my voice and that I am a do-it-your-way kind of person. For me, no matter what, what feels good on you is what is right for you. Period. I always strive to use language that is loving and gentle and give facts to support any advice. For example, for the topic of getting dressed – dark colors minimize, light colors enlarge, and so, if you have a very large chest AND WANT TO BRING BALANCE TO YOUR OVERALL LOOK, consider wearing dark solid colors (rather than bright prints) up top to draw the eye away from this area. However, for all I know, you may want to play up a large chest regardless of balance and symmetry, and in that case, do the opposite of what I said. I am utterly fine with that, and in fact, would not have it any other way.
I say all of this because someone commented on the post “Dressing Wide Hips and Thighs.” I’ve cut/pasted it below. Needless to say, he didn’t agree with my point of view. Read on.
I think women are being given wrong information by other women. if you want to look your best you must show of your best assets. And a womans hips are their most stunning assets for men. Do not hide your hips for crying out loud – “SHOW them”, flaunt them . Do not another hollywood product. Women are built designed to have large hips and that is exactly what attracts men to women. Its not large breats, its not your personality, its not your intelligence, its not your butt, it is how hide your hips are. Everything else are just pluses. Take a look at these beautiful women with wide hips
I love the part about how it’s not your breasts, butt, personality and especially not intelligence that attracts men to you. Well, duh. That’s a joke of course, but really, I’m all for a different opinion and actually appreciate the insight into men. (wink.)
Let me wrap this up.
Just to be clear, I would NEVER suggest that anyone, especially our readers, hide anything about their bodies or themselves. We are all worth so much more than what we look like. I personally have spent years working to get that notion through my thick skull. But it is fun to feel good about your appearance. So, please, always, always, do what feels right for you. Be you, love you, and rock your very best self all the time. It’s what I try to do and when it comes together just right, big hair and glitter nail polish, it’s awesome!
You Being Beautiful by Michael F Roizen, MD and Mehmet C Oz, MD