HyperEssay2: Miss Beauty 2018

Miss Beauty 2018

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For our final execution, Viena and I decided to focus on people perception of beauty and aim to find out what makes a women beautiful from our online audience. We have created 10 different avatars, where their facial features are combined from our online data collection of what makes a female attractive. We also came up with 3 different avatars’ personalities from our data collection of what female characteristic is attractive.

The comments that I received from my friends are mostly negative, where they mention that the “contestants” that we created are not pretty or look photoshopped. Responses like this make us question “Ain’t all these features the one that you guys find attractive?” 

*PS, well… our photoshop skills might have reveal that its photoshopped somehow 

I feel that live broadcasting have helped us to reach out to audience from all over Singapore where we bring the performance to them instead of having them visiting the performance site itself. However, viewer who enter the broadcast late will have no idea what is going on as the performance was ongoing. I have friends who texted me and ask what is going on and also they pointed out the technical issues that we faced during the broadcast too.

From the live broadcast, I understand that some mistakes cannot be unseen by our viewers as everything is real-time. Also, internet connection is a big issue as we have to stop our broadcast half way through as our viewers start commenting that they are not able to hear anything. Which brings us to another point where we have direct communication with our viewers through an online platform, unlike the usual first space communication.

In a third space, we are able to create a “fake” world where we are able to execute our concept. With 10 avatars created from the data we collected, it is impossible to bring them to life as they do not exist. Therefore, carrying out this performance in a third space will make it easier by playing some trick with pre-recorder voiceover as well as portrait of the contestants to showcase to the online viewers.

Ultimately, I am impressed at how much an online platform are able to do such as collecting data, comparing data, having live interaction as well as direct communication with the viewers.

Final Project

HyperEssay 1: Another Me

For my final project, i would like to explore on the aspect of beauty with makeup. I believe that women puts on makeup to either camouflage themselves, to boost their confidence or to portray themselves in a way that the society wants. Why do they choose to camouflage themselves? They are usually more anxious and insecure about their looks thus they tend to use makeup to cover up their “flaws”. Where as some women wear makeup to boost their confidence and look more sociable. They wear makeup purely for themselves and not for others. How about portraying themselves the way that the society wants? Many are convinced that wearing makeup helps in many aspect in life such as from dating to job interviews. While others is affected by the fact that people judged them for their “original” face. 

Humans are always so concern about their own physical appearance. Besides the factors listed above, there has been influence from social media where it makes people want to change their appearance. In fact, its their own insecurity kicking in, it starts to shape their self-image and affects their behaviour.

Embrace your looks

This video above shows a lady being criticised about her looks, all those comments she received was mean and demoralising. Thus, she decided to put on makeup to conceal all her flaws in order to please the public. All her acne was gone, her face look flawless and “beautiful” according to the public. However, all these did not last long. People start judging her for putting too much makeup and she is not as beautiful as she was. In the end, she accept the fact that no matter how much she try to please the public, it will never be enough. She realised that being herself is more important and learning to love herself more.

This video above shows a group of people trying to spread the message that everyone is beautiful and the flaws in them is what makes them who they really are. They went online to find online status where people are insecure about their looks or was affected by people judgement on their looks. They then proceed to comment on their post to let them know that they are beautiful. They should not let the media dictate what is beautiful or attractive.