By Baldeep Grewal:
Everybody wants to look good, be attractive; to turn heads and capture hearts. In a world where appearances are everything, even more so.Â Women are not called the ‘fairer sex’ for nothing. We fit ourselves into tight, fashionable clothes, curl our eyelashes and open our hair; just to find a nice, enviable position in the mould of society. Poets struggle to put feminine beauty into words and writers dedicate words just to describe the curl of a single strand of hair.
However, somewhere along the line, the beauty of the female form has become objectified. It has become a fetish of the capitalist world.
High heels are just one of the many components in the average woman’s wardrobe that she invests in to enhance her physical appearance. Psychologist Paul Morris from the University of Portsmouth wrote that high heels enhance the feminine gait and make a woman walk even more like a member of the female species. The breast and the hips get thrust outwards while the legs look longer and sleeker. This makes the woman attractive since men generally like an exaggerated female figure as observed by fashion historian Caroline Cox.
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While high heels enhance the outer beauty, they cause a lot more irreparable and invisible damage. The use of high heels has more to do with the psychological mindset of the person. In 2009, Tom Cruise’s daughter Suri stepped out wearing a pair of high heels at the tender age of 3. The kids’ fashion industry went overboard with its production of kids’ high heels styled along with adult models. According to market research company the NPD group, the sales of fashion footwear for girls grew by nine per cent that year. Now, high heel shoes for young girls is a $4 billion industry, thanks to the ‘mini-me’ craze of young daughters eager to emulate the style of their mothers. While many parents scoffed at Katie Holmes’ decision to let Suri wear high heels, a greater number gave in to the trend.
Personally, I feel that one’s personality should be luminescent enough on its own. Sure, it feels nice and pampered to wear good clothes and go sashaying in high heels. However, these things are just a confirmation of one’s inner beauty and not a justification of it.
Wobbly, painful steps look beautiful to only those eyes that can’t see beyond them. Natural beauty is not a commodity. Walk straight and true, with your eyes on the sky and your feet on the ground; every step an epitome of your inner worth and value. That is the true walk of a lady.