Recently I started taping True Beauty on ABC. It's a beauty contest for astonishingly vain, but attractive men and women. The catch? They're judging inner beauty too. So I'm trudging along, working up a sweat, watching good-looking people talk about how they know they're so gorgeous. And it's fascinating to me because I've never really felt that way.
And then these beauties start misbehaving--you know, nasty comments, backstabbing, lying, ignoring the plight of those around them, and all that run-of-the-mill Reality TV stuff (I really do watch my share of bad television).
But I start thinking about how I can't separate someone's personality from his/her looks. All my life, I've known people who are physically attractive, but I just couldn't see it anymore because of the way they behave.
To protect the not-so-innocent, I'll give a Hollywood example. I was, er, quite fond of Matthew McConaughey--I loved the Sweaty McConaughey movie (some call it A Time To Kill), the Sexy Priest movie (otherwise known at Contact), but then I saw him on Oprah. And he talked about drilling a hole in the floor of his custom van so he could pee through a funnel right onto the pavement! Um, yeah. Suddenly he just wasn't that cute.
While it's always fun to ogle physical beauty, I find that I just don't want to spend time with people unless they're attractive on the inside--interesting, intelligent, kind, curious, funny, adventurous, open-minded... My list of inner qualities is a lot longer than the basic tall, dark, and handsome stuff that you have to be born with.
What's on your hubba-hubba inner beauty list?