“Do you think 50 years ago in America they would have been considered icons of beauty?” Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridell asked this question at a recent conference, pointing to photos of Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Lucy Liu. While a seminar exploring surgical techniques deep in the heart of Texas hardly sounds like a font of female empowerment, one fascinating and pertinent finding emerged: Thanks to the international embrace of multicultural beauty icons, our standards of what is considered the aesthetic ideal is evolving dramatically.
This isn’t a completely new concept. A 2006 paper by evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry “projected that by the year 3000, human beings will interbreed to become a single race of coffee-colored beings with a genetic upper class of tall, slim folks with even features.” Like Beyonce, with some extra inches added to her petite frame. Keep reading »