Marvelous Makeovers

         What is it about makeovers that make us change the way we feel about ourselves? Put a little makeup on your face, get your hair styled, and put on new outfit and you will suddenly feel like a new woman. Today, this is a popular topic for movies and television shows. Most people do not realize, however, that this topic has been portrayed for many years, and George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play Pygmalion and George Cukor's 1964 film My Fair Lady are both prime examples of the power of makeovers.

         In the 1999 film She's All That, directed by Robert Iscove, the main character is made over and falls in love with the man that instigates this makeover. In the 1990 Garry Marshall film Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts' character, Vivian, falls in love with Richard Gere's character, Edward, after he makes her over. Every weekday on The Learning Channel, we see makeovers on a variety of people. You see makeovers everywhere. Makeovers change what is on the outside that makes a person fell better. This newly found confidence can work wonders for a person.

         Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) changes from a raggedy, dirty street girl to a sophisticated woman. While learning to speak with grace and poise, she feels like more of a woman than before. She changes from someone who thinks that she will always be a flower seller to someone who thinks that she can have the world.

         This story of a simple makeover proves that one just needs to find the inner beauty of a person. One never knows whom one will fall in love with, even a dirty flower seller roaming the streets of London!

Amanda Cope

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