Model/entrepreneur Tyra Banks recently wrote up a list of ten predictions for a future in which “prejudices based on physical features will be nearly eradicated” and “Women’s empowerment will be an irrelevant concept.” And that’s just the normal stuff.
Banks has always had, shall we say, interesting things to say, but she recently wrote a piece for The Wall Street Journal in which she describes Earth’s future from her perspective. Where does she come up with these ideas?
Of course, making her living on beauty, Banks had a lot to say about that particular aspect of our future. For instance, we’ll no longer need hair extensions. There’s a serum for that! “The length and thickness of the hair will increase in 24 hours,” she writes. Oh, and “The popular hair texture of choice will be curly.” Why? Just roll with it.
We also think she might have read/watched The Hunger Games a few too many times:
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.
And perhaps Gattaca too?
The features of one’s baby will be as selectable as menu items at a fast-food drive-through window. Blue and green eyes will become so common that dark brown will become the rare and newly desired eye color.
She also thinks prejudices will be (almost) non-existent. Why? Because everyone will look the same! “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,” she writes. “Beauty will be so readily accessible and skin color and features will be similar, prejudices based on physical features will be nearly eradicated. Prejudice will be socioeconomically based.”
And more specifically for the females of our species:
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% of cosmetics sales and plastic-surgery procedures world-wide. 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.
Oh and, the “aspirational beauty standard” will be fuller, curvy bodies because global warming means there will be less food for everyone.
This has been today’s future lesson. To read more about Banks’ thoughts on robots and plastic surgery, head on over to The Wall Street Journal.