Boys are beautiful, too

Why are men who care about their appearance looked down upon, or, at the very least, labeled as feminine? I think men should indulge in the occasional facial or manicure; It’s healthy, relaxing and gives them an aura of classiness and sophistication. No one wants to buy, say, a car from the man with a jungle-like unibrow and three weeks of grime caked under his toenails. If men maintain their cars with such fervent dedication, then they can maintain their appearance with similar gusto. 

So where do we draw the line between general upkeep and inexcusable girliness? I winced when I found out that my prom date in high school was wearing concealer on the big night. Even if it was to cover up a zit, it was nevertheless difficult for me to accept that I wasn’t the only person matching my skin tone to a foundation. Pete Wentz, Jared Leto and Brandon Flowers are all rockstars, and they also share the distinction of proudly wearing eyeliner, or “guyliner.”  The trend of men wearing foundation, eyeliner and even mascara is apparently catching on overseas as well.

Today’s New York Times called the use of Botox by men “hardly mainstream.” But that is far from the truth, at least in South Florida. That’s where I worked for a dermatologist who specialized in Botox, and guess what? Almost half of the people who came in for Botox were men. I’d go so far as to say that as far as cosmetic enhancements go, Botox is the most poplar among men. 

Our society is in a state of perpetual transformation. This past year was the first time we’ve seen a non-white man run for, and possibly even win, the presidency. A woman could potentially become our vice president. Britney Spears put out another CD, for God’s sake.  So I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal for a guy to wear makeup.

~ by Stephanie Dunn on October 16, 2008.

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