I found myself watching the 2006 Teen Choice Awards recently. Don’t ask me why; I’m embarrassed to admit there was actually a reason.
The award for “Best Hottie” came up and winners announced. Jessica Alba won for the women, and when she got up to claim her prize she started thanking her trainer, her manicurist, her hairstylist, etc., etc., and finished by making her point. To paraphrase: This is all image. It’s not real. What’s truly hot is being yourself.
It’s an admirable message, of course. I don’t have take an issue with it in and of itself. Jessica, however, was telling all the impressionable girls in the audience to do as she says, not as she herself does. Wouldn’t it be a more admirable and convincing message for her to practice what she preaches?