“Mauritania, here I come!”
That’s what Oprah declared when a beautiful interviewee from the land of plenty (of dimpled arms, force-feeding parents and overweight divorcées who have sex around the clock) told her that Mauritainian men preferred their women the way their dogs liked their bones, with meat on them. Plenty of meat! The bigger the better.
After taking a longer-than-usual time with her Mauritanian guest, saying there was hope for all of us and singing “it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day” in an impressive voice (atleast I think it was ‘it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day’ too many emotions were flying hither and thither that I spent most of the time examining my nails), the first black billionaire with a sunny disposition turned to her audience and said “you see… (with a voice that suggested another ‘you see’ was pending) beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”. Proving, once and for all, a point I’ve been forced to make a couple of times. That you don’t have to be a genius to be a billionaire in this country – and apparently, in America too.
Perhaps no one feels MotoMoto better than a Mauritanian when he makes his way to the prettiest hippo singing “I like em big, I like em chunky, I like em round, with something something”. Maybe a culture that celebrates divorce and treats middle-aged divorcées as an eye-candy sounds too good to be true. But how can beauty be in the eyes of the beholder when society is dictating the terms of who should be considered beautiful and who should not? When parents are giving appetizing medicines, meant for camels of all people!, to their 8-10 year old girls so they could land a husband sooner than the 8-10 year old girl next door?! When American women are still spending billions of dollars a year over beauty products that, a study showed almost a decade ago, would take atleast 6 African countries out of debt by the hand?!
“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”! Isn’t it about time we discard this FairyProverb and tell our kids the truth, so they don’t end up with a broken heart as many a young woman has?!
Feel free to differ.
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