She Hated Her ‘Disgusting’ Appearance, But OMG At Her New Look.
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking's famously said "the universe does not allow perfection." This can be applied to humans. We are filled with flaws that makes us who we are as much as our positive qualities do. It is impossible not to have a blemish or glitch.
Rather than see our quirks as part of what constitutes our uniqueness, we obsess over them, trying to find a way to get rid of them. Women in particularly are haunted by this idea of perfection. Living up to a beauty ideal that does not exist in reality. Rather than focus on body strength, intelligence, and talent, girls from a young age are taught that your self worth is mostly based in the way you look.
The Swan reality TV show was first broadcasted in April 2004.
Contestants were chosen based on their looks. The "ugly ducklings" were given makeovers to make them into stunning beauty queens. It wasn't just based on losing weight and getting a haircut. A team of plastic surgeons, dentists, coaches, and therapists worked with the women to get them to be a better version of themselves.
"I don’t want people to notice me, I don’t want people to see me," contestant Marsha Meddleburg said on the show.
"I’ve got hair, I feel completely, unbearably disgusted with myself. It makes me feel really unfeminine to have to shave my face every single day," she said during the introduction.
"I’d give anything to not want to be invisible," she admitted.
"When Marsha got here she was extremely socially anxious, very isolated," said Dr. Lynn Lanni. "I think Marsha felt invisible because she could not get a good feel for her features," stated Dr Terry J Dubrow, another professional involved in Marsha's makeover.
"The idea was to make her distinctive, just bring out her inner beauty," Dr. Dubrow explained.
The team worked with the woman for three months to give her a new look. Her therapist, Dr Lanni said Marsha "has worked hard in therapy and I think she knows now that not only does she deserve to be respected but she is ready to be seen."
"I feel beautiful now, I believe in myself and nobody can take that away from me, ever," Marsha exclaimed.
The young woman was not allowed to see herself during the three-month transformation. During the reveal, she was put in front of drapes that were taken down to show a mirror in front of Marsha."I don’t know who the old Marsha is anymore, I couldn’t find her," she admitted.