While winding up for working on some other writing projects, I started flipping through the channels, looking for something informative or entertaining to watch. I was thinking of going for either BBC, CNN or a documentary-type thing when, when I flipped to ETC, I spotted Jay Manuel, whom I had adored on Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model, and decided to stay on.
The show, I realized, is named “Style Her Famous,” and since I’m a little too lazy to look it up right now, I think it seems to be another makeover show. Don’t we all love makeovers?
While I’m talking anyway, let me expose you to some pseudo-philosophical musings on tattoos, makeover shows, and Nelly Furtado.
Susan, the girl on whom the show is doing the makeover, is a heavily-tattooed girl. I just don’t know whether she used to be a druggie or what coz she and Jay had mentioned her starting a new life several times as the show was going on.
Susan had huge tattoos running down the length of her arms, and she had this weird dot of a tattoo smack dab in the middle of her chest.
In contrast, there were shots of the icon of style she adored and wanted to copy: Nicole Richie. Nicole Richie, I noticed for the first time, was generally tattoo-free, with clean, glowing skin, and then I mused if any of the other icons of style had tattoos themselves. As far as I remember, most of them didn’t have as huge tattoos as Susan has. When my thoughts drifted off to Paris Hilton, I remember that my favorite Hollybrat (Lorie neologism: Hollywood+brat) also has beautiful tattoo-free skin.
So what’s my take on tattoos? Well, those on Susan were downright ugly. They were not artistically done, and neither did they seem like Susan planned where to place them. Her body just seemed like the canvas of a highly inept amateur painter.
By contrast, my mind takes me to memories of men and women whose tattoos were so planned that their bodies really looked like an Aztec work of art, and it was downright beautiful. And this realization leads me to ask whether Susan regretted her tattoos or not.
“Next up on the chopping block,” to use a phrase my rabid critic used, is our generation’s perverse fascination with makeover shows. Why do we seem to snort up makeover shows like a drug? Is it because these remind us of how *we* would like to be up there, given our 15 milliseconds of fame, a minute slice of the limelight, and with the wave of Tyra Banks’ wand, be transformed from Frumpy to Fabulous? Hmm. Really makes me wonder.
Which brings me to the conclusion of this article, which is just a thinking-aloud thing. I think Nelly Furtado is the “It” girl of the music industry today. She’s everywhere I go. YouTube, my friend’s Multiply and Friendster accounts, on MTV, and guess what, while I was watching Style Her Famous, a commercial advertising her guesting on Tyra Banks’ show was flashed several times. Whew. Nelly Furtado is indeed *the* “It” girl of the music industry of today. Well, what can I say, she can Say It Right. Fly like a bird, Nelly F!
And that, my friends, was a caffeine-and-sugar-high and an “I’m-amazed-at-what’s-on-cable-TV-now-after-hiding-under-a-rock-for-so-long” -induced trip. Don’t worry, I’m not on meth either. :p