Friday, May 04, 2012
Kate Upton: Beauty Gone Ugly
Let's review the facts. The world worships physical beauty. If you are physically attractive, the world pays you special attention and then proceeds to worship you. What is this attraction to physical beauty? It speaks to something much deeper. It is really a longing for heaven. As we live on earth, we are given glimpses of eternity and beauty (especially in a woman) is a glimpse of heaven. But what happens when beauty goes ugly?
Upton competed with many other attractive women to win the prize as the cover model on this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (read: hardly wearing anything) Issue. The blond beauty is featured on the cover (photoshopped, no doubt, but still beautiful) gazing luringly into the eyes of all who pass by. Scoring the cover of a magazine like that gets one a lot of attention.
The latest sorrow in this trilogy is Upton's recent video that was initially banned by youtube. It features a scantily-clad Upton dancing to a popular song. It was so indecent that youtube banned it, citing it to be a violation of their nudity policy. It was later re-instated, and youtube apologized for the incident. Apparently since she wasn't actually naked, they couldn't ban it. The video and controversy sent Upton's star into the upper stratosphere of fame. But is it true beauty? I say no.
I guess when I see Kate Upton, I see a young woman who doesn't really believe she is truly beautiful. I see a young woman who is giving herself up to be lusted over by men and she will be ultimately used up, chewed up and spit out when her "worth" is consumed. I see a little girl who is looking for attention.
True beauty is something that is life-giving. When visionaries see Our Lady, they weep over how beautiful she is. She is full of grace. She is lovely. Archbishop Fulton Sheen says that she is the woman all women want to be. A woman full of grace- the divine peak of beauty. Beauty isn't meant to be devoured and squandered, it's meant to be uplifting and eternal.
God bless you, Kate.