Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Beautiful People 37

I'm a little out of practice but I just had to comment on the ever changing standards of beauty in American culture.
Have you noticed that low hairlines, beetling brows, thunder thighs and balloony buttocks have become the latest fashion in female beauty? It's like the cavewoman is back in style.
Of course there is the alternate beauty ideal: the grizzled beef jerky look.
Standards in male charisma and star quality have me somewhat baffled as well. They tell me that this sort of leading man is what we can all identify with.
Or you can be part of an inbred family that only produces hairy brothers.
Or...yikes!

24 comments:

Damiano D said...

There is a lot of fashion out there today that leaves a lot to be desired. However there does seem to be a throwback of sorts to fashion from the 60's & 50's, primarily in "hipster" circles. I do agree though, I think a lot of today's "stars" lack the charisma of those from decades before.

Steven M. said...

Roger Ebert is quite scary looking.

K-T said...

I literally laughed out loud at those pictures, your caricatures are breathtaking, John.

I agree with the points you made. Standards are getting kinda wonky.

Emily Anthony said...

Hahaha, no one has said the Duchess of Cambridge looks like grizzled beef jerky yet, I'll bet!! I think her sister does!
Spot on and hilarious.

R.A.M.'67 said...

Regarding the last picture, did anyone else just hear a Chicago movie critic faint?

Great sketches, John K!

VioletStereo said...

That Tom Hanks is THE BEST!

As any Jack Chick villain worth its salt would exclaim:
HAW! HAW! HAW!

martinus said...

Are the top two women from one of the millions of shows about New Jersey?

By the way John, I watched Disney's Alice in Wonderland recently, and was wondering what your thoughts about that film are. It's basically a bunch of short cartoons tied together to make a movie.

Ash Collins said...

nothing wrong with big thighs and butts. what would you prefer, gangly boy-shaped women with eyebrows plucked into oblivion? theres nothing to draw for a start.

HemlockMan said...

My problem with these (while they are all hideous) is that I don't pay any attention to current pop culture to be able to identify the source material.

Paul Tinker said...

YES! I have missed the Beautiful People posts. Tom Hanks has never looked so great.

jeffreyJack said...

laffed my ass off... oh nature, how cruel you are. JK you hold the mighty mirror of truth.

ardy said...

Hahaha, these are the best.

I have to say, 10 years ago I complained that male stars were only stars because they were handsome, they had no talent. Now the male stars have no talent AND they're pube-bearded, dumpy-looking sacks.

J C Roberts said...

I sure hope no one's considering Roger Ebert part of the current standard of beauty.

It is ironic that his unfortunate ailments resulted in him looking like a living caricature of Arnold Stang. His jaw was a very prominent feature before. If you look at old pictures of him you realize just how inflated it used to look.

Maybe the tradeoff for having a super-sized jaw is that you may not be able to keep it for life. Jay Leno should be cautious...

Tom Mathieson said...

"how dose it feeeeel to be, one of the beauuuuutiful people"

Inkan1969 said...

The cliche explanation is multiculturalism: We're a multi-culti society now and so traditional African and Latino ideas of beauty are now prevalent.

Of course, this phenomenon is hardly new, and I wonder if it really is restricted only to African and Latino cultures. Back in the '40's and '50's Walt Disney and Freddie Moore got a lot of mileage out of the pear-shaped look. Ogle TinkerBell in the original "Peter Pan" movie, or a Freddie's girls drawing to see for yourself.

And what about Merle from "Comic Book" and Mabel from that George Liquor sketch. More examples of wide hips and bubble buttocks, and both very sexy examples.

elephantmarchblog said...

Now why is it bizairre contradictions from your generation are "interesting oddities", yet oddities in our generation are signs of aesthetic decay. As endearing as George Liqour, his whole hook is based on him representing a generation who's bloodlust and nationalism was misconstrued as moral fibre. Granted, my kids will no doubt look on me as just as much a caveman, but as far as i'm concerned the good to crap ratio in popular culture hasn't change an ounce, it's just that all the crappy stuff from before tends to fade to obscurity while the crap of today is right up there for us all to endure.

and on a lighter note, ain't nothing wrong with a bit of cuishion pushin' :)

Brian O. said...

Your Roger Ebert is jaw-dropping.

JLG said...

"We're a multi-culti society now and so traditional African and Latino ideas of beauty are now prevalent."


Thank you for being the only one to point that out. There's an uncomfortable feeling of tone-deafness to this post.

Zoran Taylor said...

"There's an uncomfortable feeling of tone-deafness to this post."

Gee, y'think?

Don't come around here much, do ya JLG?

Zoran Taylor said...

Aaah yes, helpless crippled people are hilarious, aren't they now?

Moro Rogers said...

Eh, Ebert had Face Cancer (or something.) Maybe we should cut him some slack.
Tom Hanks, on the other hand, doesn't have any excuse.

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Marty Fugate said...

The guy with big teeth in profile resembles William F. Buckley.

Ken said...

Have you considered drawing this man?

This Guy right here