Reading the thread about Kate vs. Diana popped a new question into my mind, one that I mentioned in that thread but will repeat here:
is it just me, or in the 2000s did we become overrun with late teens, early-twenties starlets who kind of all look the same? I am watching a tv miniseries from 1995 and the people in it look much more, like, well . . . real people. Or, compare the first season of ER, which contains actors who might actually look like people working in a hospital, to the last season, which was basically beautiful bombshells left and right.
Note that I think this has primarily been a change with regard to female actresses; I haven’t noticed a similar trend among men. What I have noticed among women is that it basically seems like on almost every tv show and movie featuring a youngish (teens to late twenties) character, the character is played by a very attractive, thin, young blond or brunette actress. They all seem to fit the same “mold” when it comes to appearance, although that mold is hard for me to define. Long hair, cute face, sharp features, high, well-defined cheekbones, small nose, large eyes. I would basically describe them as “sorority pretty,” although I’m realize that is a very vague definition.
For example, here is a picture of some big mid 80s actors: http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20127981,00.html
I would not consider any of those girls to be conventionally pretty. They all seem to have very quirky faces. Compare them with the girls here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mean_Girls
(granted Mean Girls is supposed to be about “pretty girls” I think [haven’t seen it] but I just wanted to point out the “type” of girl I’m talking about)
Or compare Claire Danes in My-So-Called-Life with Claire Danes a few years later. It seems like she got very “prettied up,” if that makes sense.
So am I just interpreting all this through a lens of my own bias? Do the “mean girls” type girls have just as much variation in feature as the “brat pack” girls? Has the aesthetic of “hot” just changed? Were the brat pack girls considered super-hot in the 80s?
Also, I sort of think the 70s, 80s and 90s might have been a bit of an aberration in this regard, because when I watch movies from the 50s and 60s I think those women are also very attractive by 2000s standards.