Secret identities; whose face do you have on?

By Katrina R.
St. Stephen High School
St. Stephen, New Brunswick

When you wake up in the morning, are you satisfied with your appearance? Are you in and out of the shower, dressed, and fed in under twenty minutes? Probably not.

Like most people you have a daily routine that you follow faithfully. You do not leave your house until you have achieved the 'right look'. For many, this includes salon-beautiful hair matched with designer name-brand clothes.


For most women, their daily beauty routine involves precious time in front of a mirror and the application of make-up, to some extent; some foundation here, a little rouge there. But why do women do this? Why do they subject themselves to such a time- consuming hassle day in and day out? Is it to achieve that Cindy Crawford "model look", when the truth is Cindy does not even look like herself.

I once read a magazine interview about Cindy. In it, she revealed that she does not usually look the way we see her on television and in magazine spreads. She admitted that when she is not at a photo shoot, like you and me, she too wears jeans and a T-shirt, with minimal make-up. The article also talked about a blind date she had gone on a few years back. Her date had been expecting Cindy Crawford the model, but she showed up as Cindy Crawford the real person, and that greatly disappointed him. Even his expectations of her had been unreal.

Do not let your personal expectations of yourself be unreal. The next time you look in the mirror ask yourself, "Whose face do I have on?" Do not let the face that answers be that of a different person with a deceiving secret identity, an identity courtesy of some make-up company and a few name-brand products that encourage people to be someone they are not. Instead, let the question be answered by the true image in the mirror's reflection.

Your identity is who you are, do not keep it a secret. It's what makes each and every one of us unique. William Shakespeare knew this when he once wrote, "To thine own self be true." We are all special in our individual ways and no one should dictate how we are to look. Be original and be yourself. Unless you are Superman, you do not need a secret identity as a disguise.