Tyra Banks Predicts The Future, Believes The Average American Woman Will Look Like Beyoncé
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the legendaryWall Street Journal. In order to celebrate, the media outlet gave top industry players the opportunity to write about how the music, tech, financial and fashion industries will change in the future. Taylor Swift believes the music industry will come fully alive by fans and artists learning new ways to engage with one another. She also illustrated a world where music sales would be based on how much artists devote to their craft. As for the tech world, the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, focused on a world where internet access would be guaranteed (instead of a privilege) for everyone in the world.
While the majority of anniversary articles revolved around economic and living standards, fashion model and businesswoman Tyra Banks wrote an interesting piece on how beauty will be attained in the future. Banks noted confidently, “As I look into the future, I see radical changes in both how people “attain beauty” and how the world perceives beauty. In general, I believe, traditional beauty will be less valuable—and more uniqueness will be heralded.” Banks then listed 10 predictions; here are five of them:
Plastic surgery will be as easy and quick as going to the drugstore for Tylenol. Emphasis will be on how unique and interesting one can look, as opposed to a cookie-cutter look. People will be vying for that cutting-edge, distinct look in the way that today celebs reach for baby names that defy convention.
Global warming will threaten our crops so natural food will be scarce. Hourglass, curvy bodies will be the aspirational beauty standard, representing that those women have access to bounties of fulfilling yet healthy food, which means they are affluent.
Skin color and features will mesh into a similar shade for the majority of people. Typical features and coloring will lean toward a Rihanna or Beyoncé or me kind of look. People with alabaster or ebony skin will be rare and heralded for that uniqueness.
Everyone will have at least one personal robot/assistant/companion. If a person allows that robot/assistant to suggest products paid for by sponsors, that person’s robot will be free of charge. In fact, that person will actually be paid to use the robot by a pool of advertisers. The robot will have super artificial intelligence and will be able to sense if its owner is having a low-self-esteem day and will then strategically give boosts of confidence to its owner. “Wow, Eloisa! Your eyes look especially lovely today.”
Women’s empowerment will be an irrelevant concept because the balance of power between the sexes will have shifted dramatically. Women, in control of when they can have children (up to age 120!), and having more degrees and education than men, will be in charge. Men will be responsible for 70 percent of cosmetics sales and plastic-surgery procedures worldwide. Why? Men will be vying for women’s attention, obsessed with being attractive to females and snagging well-off ladies who can take care of them.
While Banks’ piece was interesting to read, I expected her to address racism in the fashion industry where models are concerned. Oh well, no such luck. To read Banks’ entire article, click here. What do you think of her predictions?