Clothes and manners do not make a man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance- Arthur Ashe.
The value of appearance in today’s world cannot be overestimated. Before you get to even say your greetings, the other party already would have drawn initial conclusions based on your appearance. It is up to you to use the first five minutes to prove them right or wrong.
Thanks to the increasing number of photo editing apps, people are more forthcoming with showing their photos to the virtual world. They know no matter how bad they looked in the original photo, it could be ‘worked on’ to have a more presentable image for social media posts. Whiles some see it as a fun activity and a needful app for use, others think it’s a deceitful way of showing off one’s best profile views. It is very important for some ladies especially to portray the near perfect look whether digitally and/or in person.
What does it mean to look good in photos? Is it for a personal benefit or for the visual pleasure of unknown people who would chance on them? Does it really matter when others call us beautiful or fine looking? I must admit, it does feel good to admire one’s own photo. You can comfort yourself during hard times by staring at your smiling photo and telling yourself you have better days ahead of you than the day you took that photo.
Looking good in person is a plus, I think. You walk with a gait which says, ‘I know I look good; I don’t care about you think.’ You feel good about yourself and it lightens your mood throughout the day unless an unexpected issue crops up. You can own your beauty/fineness without any ‘hater’ calling you out with a claim that your beauty is ‘photoshopped.’
Some people are known to be photogenic; others not so much. Some people (like me) are ‘allergic’ to the camera and do not like grinning for long after saying ‘cheese’ waiting for the flash light. Some others do not pay much attention to their looks and so do not care much about their digital or in-person looks. They only use the mirror in rare occasions. They leave their appearance to your judgment.
I believe it is good to look good either way. It is also fun to let down your hair and goof around in pictures for memories’ sake. However, I’d rather look good in person than in photos. Photos don’t do enough justice to someone’s true personality; face-to-face interaction does.
What about you, what matters more to you and why? Kindly share your thoughts.
© Josephine Amoako 2017
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