Being beautiful isn't just about perfecting that smize.
There's a lot more to it, and if you ask Tyra Banks, almost everything we perceive as "beautiful" is going to change radically in the future. The 40-year-old "America's Next Top Model" host wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Monday about the future of attainment and perception of beauty.
"In general, I believe, traditional beauty will be less valuable--and more uniqueness will be heralded," she writes. This will be come as a result of quick, easy plastic surgery--making the "cookie-cutter" look less desirable, she reasons. "People will be vying for that cutting-edge, distinct look in the way that today celebs reach for baby names that defy convention."
Tyra also predicts the end of hair extensions ("hair-growing serum" can just be "applied to the scalp," and you'll see changes in 24 hours) and that curly will be "the popular hair texture of choice."
But futuristic models won't have pin-thin frames. (Actually, "models," per se, will be "as relevant as a horse and buggy," Tyra writes. "Robot/avatar models" with totally different features than us humans will sell products instead!) Tyra also thinks because global warning "will threaten our crops," and make natural food sources "scarce," women with "hourglass, curvy bodies" will be the "aspirational beauty standard." Their more ample figures, she writes in her WSJ op-ed, show they "have access to bounties of fulfilling yet healthy food, which means they are affluent."
In the future, most people will have a similar shade of skin, she predicts, so while prejudices "based on physical features will be nearly eradicated," there will be "socioeconomically based" prejudices in their place. (BTW, we'll all have "at least one personal robot/assistant/companion" and we can choose all the features of our future kids.)
Tyra predicts that the ladies will thrive in future (the "balance of power between the sexes will have shifted dramatically," she writes) and that the men "will be vying for women's attention, obsessed with being attractive to females and snagging well-off ladies who can take care off them."
WSJ commenters are already having a field day with Tyra's musings on the future, but people of the internet, remember: A sense of humor is a beautiful thing.