Posted by: whitneyyadams | September 20, 2012

Perfection Doesn’t Exist

Every girl is expected to have caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes. Everyone else is struggling. – Tina Fey

I found this quote today, and it basically sums up the message of Miss Representation.  For anyone who doesn’t know, Tina Fey does a lot of comedy type stuff, so her statement, “Everyone else is struggling,” is very sarcastic.  No one is struggling; this “perfect” type doesn’t exist.  Unfortunately, girls have this idea in their mind that this is what they are supposed to look like, when in fact, there is no one that looks like this.  This quote really made me think. Why does society put so much pressure on girls to look a certain way, when there is no one who has previously, does currently, or will ever look this way!  She mentioned Kim Kardashian as being the closet to perfect, but she still isn’t there completely.  Society’s standards are extremely unrealistic, and this causes more anxiety for girls who never reach this goal, yet don’t understand that this goal is impossible.


  1. Perfection is not achievable but it is definitely something that I have wanted to accomplish in the past…I was not just thinking about the physical aspect that it entails. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve had this idea of what perfect looks like. I must say that it was nothing like the description that Tina Fey mentioned but it was definitely some of the women that I have seen in magazines. However, it was also taking care of the house perfectly, being productive and successful. I feel like there is so much more to that word then having an incredible body. Also, I do realize that since I grew up on a different continent, the significance of perfection is different there then it is here. Of course beauty is a factor but multi-tasking is what make the women in Africa so recognized. A woman being able to work, cook, clean, take care of the family, do the shopping, paying the bills…all of that is seen as perfection more than anything.
    But since I have gotten here, I have felt the pressure to become the image of perfection then the Woman of Perfection!

  2. That quote is hilarious. Claire’s comment reminded me that after ALL of this killing ourselves to try and look as perfect as possible, what the heck is that going to accomplish with world hunger, bringing our soldiers home, or protecting our environment? Nothing. While Tina Fey’s comment sheds light on this issue with humor, I wish she would have driven the message home at the end rather than being ambiguous. Though we all know, that’s sadly not what SNL is for.

  3. I love this. I think by being blunt and not really elaborating at the end is what makes the quote resonate. It is raw. If looking for deeper meanings, perhaps she is implying that there is something beautiful found in all different types of people, and the beauty is in that difference. However, by not “preaching” or echoing the importance of self esteem, she is demonstrating a confidant acceptance of our ridiculous society and how it ought to be regarded.

  4. It may well be that Kim K is struggling the most.

    Claire, I appreciate your perspective about the cultural differences in “perfection” and I wonder how your African roots will affect your response to the pressure of American ideals of perfection.

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