beauty on the inside

Grazie Susan Boyle! from seb fil on Vimeo.
in our day of “forced beauty” (see the dove project for real beauty) i love the way susan boyle wipes the smurks off the face of the simply offering her true self.  there’s an excellent article in the herald that explains why.

Susan Boyle’s story is a parable of our age. She is a singer of enormous talent, who cared for her widowed mother until she died two years ago. Susan’s is a combination of ability and virtue that deserves congratulation….The answer is that only the pretty are expected to achieve. Not only do you have to be physically appealing to deserve fame; it seems you now have to be good-looking to merit everyday common respect. If, like Susan (and like millions more), you are plump, middle-aged and too poor or too unworldly to follow fashion or have a good hairdresser, you are a non-person.

the admission of the judges that they were being cynical reminds me that we still haven’t lost what being human is about. and it is so cool that her talent was found. i love it when the “system” gets served.

i can’t say it any better than what the writer for the herald, COLETTE DOUGLAS HOME offers…so true…

Susan is a reminder that it’s time we all looked a little deeper. She has lived an obscure but important life. She has been a companionable and caring daughter. It’s people like her who are the unseen glue in society; the ones who day in and day out put themselves last. They make this country civilised and they deserve acknowledgement and respect.