I’m a Celeb is back. Bringing with it, a token hottie who the world can watch shower provocatively whilst the water dances down her splendid curves. Job Done. We all know it’s coming. Those of us who can accept that there are people in this world who are smarter, funnier or more genetically “gifted” than us, just learn to relax and enjoy the sight to behold.
But then there are others. They just cannot accept it. Unfortunately more often than not, when it comes to a beautiful woman… it’s other women who tend to object. Shortly what follows is the jealous justification. That’s when it starts to become embarrassing on our part.
As soon as Amy Willerton, this years I’m A Celeb meat, stepped into the jungle and stripped down to her bikini, I knew their would be trouble. She’s an Amazonian goddess. Built like the old school supermodels from the good old days, the Elle Macphersons and Cindy Crawfords… Long, Strong and Achingly beautiful. She wears virtually no make up, in the sweltering heat of the jungle, she looks as if she’s the reason the Bikini was invented, and to top it off, she’s really nice, down to earth, and not without a brain. What many women would deem, “A nightmare.” Good luck to her.
It was two days in the jungle before the papers published details of a 3.5k beauty treatment Ms.Willerton had before going into the jungle. It was hours before the claws came out. Mail Online Comment boards of women protesting her beauty was not real and natural because she’d had some absurd facial, some eyelashes put in and wore a little lip tint. The point at which angry women commenting under any pictures of Amy, were lowering themselves to include that she’s not a natural beauty because she was WEARING NAIL POLISH…. was when my amusement started to turn to a silent rage.
Then came last night’s passive aggressive attack on Amy. Fuelled massively by Lucy Pargeter. A woman who dared to criticise Amy for flaunting her looks, and posing provocatively in magazines, and perpetuating the ideals for beauty. I’m sorry… THIS WOMAN????
While I agree that unrealistic standards are set for young women by these damn pageants and competitions invented originally by men, are very damaging. I don’t think it’s fair to guilt trip the girl for taking an opportunity that was there. If these pageants didn’t exist, girls wouldn’t enter. If women didn’t FLOCK to watch America’s Next Top Model, we wouldn’t be almost 10 years into the show. You can’t blame the beautiful girl that took the opportunity. Especially not when you yourself have more than maximized on your own looks.
Then Olympian, Rebecca Adlington got in a fluster. Days of pent up frustration over Amy’s attractiveness, poured out of its seams, and flooded the jungle. Being faced with the ideal that you feel you are not, and are bullied for not being, has to be hard. The abuse Becky has recieved for NO good reason, is quite literally, sickening. It is NOT okay to criticize a person over their looks. She’s a damn athlete, not a model. Recounting stories of cruel tweets and comments over her face, becky cried, and the country’s heart broke.
However, this morning delivered many columns written by women, about these two women. Katie Hind, of the Mirror, wrote what was dressed beautifully as a support piece for Becky, which was actually a take down piece of Amy.
“Clearly Amy Willerton does fit the bill. She’s very pretty and she has an amazing body - yes, we know blah blah blah. She’s also got a decent pair of breasts on her, which she shows off in a bikini most of the time.
She is also rather shameless. Now, I hate to do down women but washing Joey’s hair? Can’t he do it himself? I know he can’t tell the time or blow his nose but surely, surely he knows how to shampoo his mop?”
So WHAT if she washed someone’s hair? It’s called flirting. We’re all guilty of it…
Hind then went on to write…
“Come on Becky, lets be realistic here. Amy might not be a glamour model in the same way Katie Price is, or any of those who have subsequently graced the front covers of lads’ mags. But, she won’t always look so beautiful or slim. One day, it will all be gone, she’ll be forgotten and the chances are she will be struggling to make ends meet.”
Jesus Christ! Ouch. What an unneccessary and cruel thing to wish on a young girl who has done nothing but be sweet to everyone, becky included, and nancy around in a bikini, as you do in sweltering jungle heat.
This is not good enough. We are not being fair. This is a social form of inverted snobbery. You cannot criticise people for not living up to the ideals of conventional beauty, but in equal turn, you CANNOT criticise people because they do. It’s STILL bullying. We cannot only accept women if they are flawed, because then we feel better about ourselves. That’s our own insecurity projected onto another.
Becky is special, talented, respected, attractive and loved by a man she loves, and by a huge portion of this country. Lucy needs to accept that age comes to us all and that she still looks great, and that there will inevitably be younger, fresher, prettier girls to come. And Amy needs to keep on keeping on. She was bullied as a teenager for being ugly, she had some facials, sorted out her eyebrows, went to a gym, and did her nails to feel better, and low and behold, now she’s being bullied for that.
As a woman, when it comes to looks…you can’t win. What a bloody waste of time.