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Air Brush

1. Dimple under left eye, apply air brush.
2. Extend her legs, more voluptuous. Add 4 inches from ankle to knee cap.
3. You know...I'm just not feeling the dress. Do we have one of her in that green strapless? 
Men like strapless right?
4. Holy hell! Can we do something about those teeth? Yuck!
5. She needs a glow around her head. Yeah like that, like an angel. Fantastic!
6. Rosy hue around cheek bones needs touch up. She needs to blush harder, like she's 
embarrassed about something...something shameful.
7. Final edit, her smile is too big, women that happy don't read magazines...what? Don't look 
at me like that!

Et Voila! Our hyper-stylized over-edited fictitious standard of beauty is realized.

Ok society! 
Get ready...

(Conformity ensues)

Bonus points! We got a celebrity to do the cover shoot.
(Hey, you can only sell your soul once and chances are she already did it...Christ, stop
looking at me like that!!!)

When she takes home her free promotional copy, 
She can hold up our ideal of her side by side with the mirror and think:

"Wow...these images are so different and yet...I sense a strange and *vogue familiarity...
Almost as though...just maybe...they were of the same person...

Huh...I wonder which one represents me?"

*Typo alert! Should be 'vague'...silly me

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  1. Date: 12/3/2009 1:08:00 PM
    Wow! You sure made a statement about society with style and flair. So much truth in your words. Sad that people can't accept themselves for what they really are. Plastic faces--false smiles--afraid to seek the real. Keep on writing. Thank you for your kind comment. You have Soup Mail too. Karen

  1. Date: 11/30/2009 5:33:00 AM
    Yoni, Vogue is right! Excellent list. You have captured modern ideals of beauty. Fake! And what about our "Proper Etiquette" is that just a fake? That's why God says ...judge not. He looks beyond all of that and sees the soul... the real, un-fake soul. Perhaps, that's how some righteous loss occurs. Pleasing the world may cause one to be unable to recognize their own souls, too. What do you think? Your list is VERY thought provoking. Excellent write. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 11/28/2009 3:13:00 PM
    Yoni, we are utterly surrounded by things that have been falsified in some way. I could make a list. Maybe that should be my next poem.'ve inspired me! Again! Nice write, my friend! Hugs, Donna

  1. Date: 11/24/2009 7:41:00 AM
    Interesting info here in this one. I especially love to see Oprah's O Magazine where she looks so great and then see some of the shots of her on tv. It helps me realize that all is not perfection. Keep the creative pen flowing. Sara

  1. Date: 11/21/2009 3:29:00 PM
    Your sense of humor really comes alive in this one, Yoni. What happened to the dark, intense poet? Could it be pending nuptials are allowing you to airbrush more light into your life? Excellent work from an outstanding writer! (Hope your book arrived.) Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/19/2009 6:37:00 PM
    that's why i stare at issues of mag's. do they do that in playboy? jhl

  1. Date: 11/19/2009 11:47:00 AM
    am i rereading this excellent poem,or was it in dreams?..Bravo .So talented..Yoni...Charma

  1. Date: 11/17/2009 12:52:00 PM
    this is an awesome piece, yoni.

  1. Date: 11/12/2009 4:17:00 PM
    nawwwwwww Vogue is about right! Good one here! Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/11/2009 11:36:00 AM
    What a joy it was to read your amazing poetry today Yoni. Thank you for sharing. Love,Carol