unmasked realness
new year, new, crazy book to draw inspiration from.

our first project of the term is inspired by some of the first pages of the book, "Simulations" by Jean Baudrillard.

we're supposed to take about realness and being unmasked and representation and what it all means.

i don't know what it means.

any of it.

i think this book might be easier to read in french.

anyway, i started thinking about makeup.

i started thinking about all the work we go through to make our makeup look perfect when in reality, at least for me, there's usually lipstick all over my teeth and face by the time i'm ready to walk out the door.

then, i started thinking about why we wear makeup; what we get out of changing our physical appearance and i thought that maybe our made-up selves are more real than the natural, naked-faced selves we wake up with.

maybe how i want to look to other people, or even to myself, can explain to you about the real me and maybe the things i try to hide are actually more revealing than the things themselves because maybe if you saw my cracked lips and unbleached teeth, you'd wonder what other parts of me are broken or dirty.

as Baudrillard says "to dissimulate is to feign not to have what one has" (pg 5).

maybe i just like red lipstick and maybe that's because i think that Marilyn Monroe is iconic and beautiful or maybe it's because i think it looks polished and put together and maybe i think these things without ever having consciously thought them.

there's a reason for the choices we make, whether its biking or driving to work, buying skinny jeans or bellbottoms, reading Stephen King or Jane Austen, and those are the things that really show the real us even if we're using them to conceal something.
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